Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing – easy, healthy, and delicious! Only 12 calories per tablespoon and full of yummy spices, non fat plain greek yogurt, and a dash of buttermilk!
Love ranch? Make some then get your dip on with any of these recipes: air fryer chicken nuggets, ham and cheese monkey bread, roasted breakfast potatoes, bbq chickpeas pinwheels, and chicken wonton cups!
I love Ranch Dressing. Some people may judge me for this, but when I went to college I was still an extremely picky eater.
Veggies – no go.
Fruit – ehhh, I could take it or leave it.
I was determined, however, to become a healthy eater.
This was the first time in my life that I could chose when and what I was eating.
With that in mind, I started forcing myself to eat mainly fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, but I couldn’t just dive straight in to the hard core stuff – you know – the spinach and other veggies, without something to help “mask” the flavor.
So what did I smother it in?
Ranch, of course!
Now. I know Ranch isn’t healthy . . .
How bad is ranch dressing for you?
Bottled ranch dressing contains approximately 72.5 calories, 15 grams of fat, and .3 grams of protein per tablespoon. Not great, right?
So . . .
What is a good substitute for ranch?
This greek yogurt ranch dressing is the PERFECT substitute. I promise you. It’s just as delicious, but it has a fraction of the calories.
My homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing has 12 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 1 gram of protein. Yep. You read that right – 12 calories. Soooo drink up! If you’d like to up the fat and protein, feel free to use a high fat greek yogurt!
If that’s not a win-win, I’m not sure what is!
Now that I enjoy eating salads and vegetables, I don’t NEED Ranch dressing, but sometimes I really miss the taste of it!
I’ve seen healthy Ranch dressing recipes around the web for years now, and finally decided to make my own Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing.
I’ve missed you old friend.
Because I missed Ranch so much, I went to go buy some, but the calorie count and mystery contents in the bottle made me choose otherwise.
What is the base of ranch dressing?
If you look on the back of a standard bottle of ranch, you’ll find vegetable oil as the first ingredient listed.
For this recipe, the base is greek yogurt! This keeps this homemade ranch dressing super creamy with fewer calories AND more protein.
So, instead of picking up that bottle of ranch, I picked up some greek yogurt and buttermilk and went to work.
How do you make ranch dressing from scratch?
You guys. It’s SO easy. It’s almost as easy as opening up the bottle. 😉
Throw all your ingredients into a food processor:
- Spices: parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and chives
- Non fat plain greek yogurt
- Dijon mustard
- Lemon juice
Blend and serve!
That’s it! Is that insanely easy or what?!
Because other than this homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing being ridiculously easy to make, it also tastes SO much better than store bought Ranch, you can customize the seasonings to your liking (my favorite thing about cooking), and it’s healthier!
Healthier as in, The WHOLE recipe is only 192 calories and this makes 1 cup (16 tablespoons). ONE SERVING of bottled Ranch, 2 tablespoons, is 140 calories!
The equivalent with my recipe is only 24 calories.
Boom! It doesn’t get better than that.
I think I have such a special place in my heart for Ranch, because I grew up eating it.
The only vegetables I really ate growing up were carrots and only if there was a higher Ranch to carrot ratio. 😉
That love of Ranch, as you now know, went with me to college, and has stuck with me ever since!
I’m so happy that I now have a healthy homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing recipe that I can whip up any time I want!
I think Trevor will be especially happy, since he takes a salad for lunch every day, and I think he gets bored with his go-to dressing.
If you’re looking for a lightened up Ranch this is the homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing recipe is for you!
Ranch lovers unite!
PS – If you seriously ♡ this recipe, you’d also LOVE my Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing.
What store bought dressing should I “health-i-fy” next? Show me the yummy!
Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing - easy, healthy, and delicious! Only 12 calories per tablespoon and full of yummy spices, non fat plain greek yogurt, and a dash of buttermilk!
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1/2 - 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 - 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives
- 1 cup non fat plain greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Place the spices (dried parsley - fresh chives) into a food processor and pulse a few times, until the spices have been ground up a bit.
- Scrape down the sides.
- Place the remaining ingredients - greek yogurt, buttermilk, Dijon, and lemon juice - into the food processor and pulse until the ingredients have been fully incorporated.
- Scrape down the sides, if needed, and pulse again.
- Transfer into a sealable container (like a mason jar) and place in the fridge until you're ready to use it!
*Some people like more or less garlic/onion powder, so start with a little and go from there!
** Nutritional information is for one tablespoon! That's only 192 calories for the whole recipe. Eat up! 🙂
*** This is a pretty thin dressing, if you like thicker dressings, slowly add in the buttermilk, until the consistency you prefer is reached!