My son loves Ranch dressing. He will literally put it on everything! We used to go through Costco sized bottles in a week at times.
Well in my quest to try and lighten up recipes, I became very determined to come with up a ranch dressing that was healthier but didn't lose any flavor. I mean we all have a certain way we expect ranch dressing to taste right?
I have been trying for a couple years, but have come up with things that work ok and tasted good but just not "the" ranch dressing. I was beginning to get a little discouraged until I started working with Greek yogurt a lot. I sub it for sour cream most of the time now. I love the fact that I am not only reducing fat and calories but adding protein to whatever I put it in. I decided that was one of my missing ingredients in this recipe. Between that and adding more fresh herbs I nailed it this time! I will never go back to any other dressing!
I decided to give the step by step photos a try. So let's see how it goes OK?
The cast of characters
Add your low fat mayo
Then that tangy Greek yogurt
Now all of those fab herbs. Kevin says it looks like I mowed the yard *eyeroll*
Some minced garlic
It can't be buttermilk ranch without the buttermilk right? Low fat of course.
OK in our house we have to add the Sriracha. A little bit just gives it a tang so don't be afraid, give it a shot!!
And of course some good ol' kosher salt and cracked black pepper.
You can throw it in a food processor, blender, or one of these handy dandy attachments that come with an immersion blender. Have I mentioned how much I love this gadget?!
Then you end up with a fabulous dressing for salads and veggies. I leave mine rather thick, like a dip. Then it can be mixed with some more buttermilk or even milk to thin it out for salads.
Homemade Ranch Dressing the Healthy Way
- 1 cup low fat mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced ( a good handful)
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
- Dash hot sauce (Recommended Sriracha)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
In a food processor or blender combine all of the ingredients and pulse until thoroughly blended. Adjust seasoning as needed. Pour into an airtight container and chill for 1 to 2 hours before using.
Thin with more buttermilk if needed.