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Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing – The Real Food Dietitians

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Say goodbye to the ‘healthy’, store-purchased dressings that come with a long list of unknown ingredients and hello to this Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing made with only real food ingredients including yogurt and a flavorful blend of herbs and seasonings. It’s easy to make and perfect for dressing a salad, dunking veggies into or serving with your favorite dishes. If you’re looking for a dairy-free and Whole30 ranch option, you’ll want to try our Paleo Ranch Dressing.  

Less than 10 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time to make this delicious Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing!

It really is that simple. Add the ingredients to a bowl, give them a good stir and let it chill. I like to whip up a couple of dressings on the weekend during my meal prep to enjoy throughout the week. Ranch almost always makes the cut because it’s not just delicious but it’s also incredibly versatile in that it can be enjoyed in many different ways.

Overhead photo of Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing in a mason jar topped with fresh chives and surrounded by fresh cut vegetables.

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Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing ingredients

  • Organic plain yogurt – favorite brands include Organic Valley, Kalona SuperNatural or Stoneyfield. Greek yogurt could also work in this recipe but I prefer non-Greek for a smooth consistency. For a more dip-like ranch, Greek would be a great option!
  • Organic sour cream  – same brands as above
  • Apple cider vinegar – an acceptable substitute would be white vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • Dried dill
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried chives – could omit if you don’t have on hand
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Fresh chives and/or parsley for sprinkling on top
  • Optional milk or buttermilk  for a thinner consistency

How to make and store Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing?

It’s incredibly easy! Add the yogurt, sour cream and vinegar to a bowl. Then add the magical mix of dried herbs and seasonings. Place in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. This time is important as it allows the yogurt and sour cream to be infused with the flavorful herbs and seasonings. After the chill time, you may add 1 tablespoon at a time of milk or buttermilk to reach your desired consistency. This ranch will keep well in the fridge for 1 week. I like to store it in a mason jar or glass container.

Photo of Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing in a mason jar topped with fresh chives and surrounded by fresh cut vegetables.

You may want to double this recipe

Ranch is a staple ingredient for many and I’m going to guess it’s THE most popular dressing of all flavors. This recipe makes about one cup so if you have some ranch fanatics in your household, I’d suggest doubling this recipe so that  it lasts longer than a day or two. There are countless ways ranch can be enjoyed and some folks can really get creative with how they enjoy it.

Photo of Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing in a mason jar topped with fresh chives and surrounded by fresh cut vegetables.

Ways to enjoy Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

As mentioned above, there are countless ways to enjoy ranch dressing:

  • Drizzle on a salad and toss
  • Make a creamy chicken, egg salad, or tuna salad with it
  • Use it as a dip for raw or cooked veggies, crackers or meat
  • Add it to a sandwich or wrap
  • On a baked potato or in our Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potato with Ranch
  • With anything pizza flavored like Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash, Pepperoni Pizza Quinoa Bake or Pizza Sweet Potato Bites
  • With anything buffalo flavored like Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken, Buffalo Chicken Strips, or Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
  • With dishes like Chicken Bacon Ranch Sweet Potato Bake, Ultimate Meal Prep Meatballs, Garlic Roasted Radishes, Crispy Garlic Ranch Roasted Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Root Vegetable Fries, BBQ Ranch Chopped Salad, or 5-Ingredient Creamy Ranch Broccoli Slaw

Photo of Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing in a mason jar topped with fresh chives and surrounded by fresh cut vegetables.

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Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

Say goodbye to ‘healthy’, store-purchased dressings that come with a long list of unknown ingredients and hello to this Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing made with only real food ingredients including yogurt and a flavorful blend of herbs and seasonings. It’s easy to make and perfect for dressing a salad, dunking veggies into or serving with your favorite dishes.

  • Author: Stacie Hassing
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix until well combined. 
  • Chill for 30 minutes before serving. 
  • Optional step: for thinner consistency, add 1 tablespoon at time of milk or buttermilk until desired consistency is achieved.
  • To serve, garnish with fresh parsley or fresh chives.
  • Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.
  • Calories: 30
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 95 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g

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About Stacie Hassing

Stacie is a Licensed and Registered Dietitian from rural southern Minnesota where she and her husband reside on 5 acres with their two pups, Walter & Lucy. She’s a creator of simple and wholesome recipes, a lover of nature, a crossfitter, a seasonal runner, and she’s on a mission to inspire as many as she can live a healthier and happier life from the inside out.





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