Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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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!


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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. 😉

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.

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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.

Another win-win?

Um. Yes!

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. 😉

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Throw all your ingredients into a food processor:

  • Spices: parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, and chives
  • Non fat plain greek yogurt
  • Buttermilk
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon juice

Blend and serve!

That’s it! Is that insanely easy or what?!

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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.

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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.

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If you’re looking for a lightened up Ranch this is the homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing recipe is for you!

Ranch lovers unite!

– Jennifer

PS – If you seriously ♡ this recipe, you’d also LOVE my Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing.

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Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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!

Servings: 16 tablespoons
Results and timings may vary when adjusting servings
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Scrape down the sides.
  3. Place the remaining ingredients - greek yogurt, buttermilk, Dijon, and lemon juice - into the food processor and pulse until the ingredients have been fully incorporated.
  4. Scrape down the sides, if needed, and pulse again.
  5. Transfer into a sealable container (like a mason jar) and place in the fridge until you're ready to use it!
Notes

*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!

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Nutrition Facts
Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 159mg7%
Potassium 29mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Note: Nutritional information is estimated and varies based on products used.
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Ok I just made this and it was amazing. Instead of more buttermilk to make it more creamy I added a whole avacado and it turned out fantastic!!! Thanks for the recipe!

I think there is something a bit off with the math. If it’s 24 servings then each one would be @ 8.6 calories.

Hi Laura! You’re right! 1 tablespoon of this is equal to 8.6 calories. There are 24 tablespoons in 1 and 1/2 cups (206 calories), so 1 tablespoon is equal to 8.6 calories. It really just depends on how much dressing you want to use. If you use 2 tablespoons per serving, then 1 serving would equal about 17 calories and you’ll only have 12 servings in the recipe. I hope that makes it more clear! 🙂

Thanks for making this, Beth! I’m so glad you loved it! I always use way too much Ranch, so I’m glad I don’t have to feel bad about it now. 😉


Made this last night, and while I think it’s on track, I think there is WAY too much garlic and onion powder in this, and too much salt, as well. The garlic flavor just lingers and lingers in the mouth forever after eating just a little bit of this.

I would cut all three of those ingredients in HALF or less, and I think this would be on track to be a GREAT recipe. For my taste, I’d start with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, and 1 tsp onion powder. If you need more, you can always add it in, but I made the mistake of going against my judgement that 2 tsp sounded like a LOT of garlic and I would just try the recipe as is once. Nope. Too much.

Start small and build it up to your taste, because this makes a lot of ranch, too! I’m going to use the salty garlic heavy batch for a marinade, which should work great, and I’m going to try again with the measures I’m suggesting.

Thanks for making this, Christopher! I LOVE garlic and onion, so I like the recipe as is, but great suggestion on starting with a little and adding it to suit your tastebuds! 🙂 Love the idea of making this into a marinade, too!

I agree, Jennifer. A recipe is a guide- especially when it comes to spices. Add, subtract….
I love the avocado addition for creaminess since I don’t always have buttermilk on hand-
I will try it adding a couple chipotle peppers to it for my taco salad…. but will also make ‘as is’ for my hubby & daughter who don’t like the ‘heat’.


I tried this last night — it is excellent. Thank you for the recipe. It is not only great in terms of calories, it is more natural. I was reading the labels on salad dressings and sugar is almost always the first ingredient in all of them (plus the untold mystery ingredients on the label).

Hi Angela! I’m so glad you liked this. 🙂 I love that it’s easy and makes a bunch for salads all week! Thanks for making the recipe!


This recipe looks great!

I was thinking about making a bigger batch of this and was wondering how long you think this would last in the fridge after it is made?

I made this without the buttermilk (because the only size I could find was a litre and I didn’t want to waste it) and halved the amount of garlic powder and onion powder. I think it’s perfect! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe


This recipe was excellent. I don’t usually eat ranch because I will not eat mayonnaise. I used 1/2 of the max range for ingredients and the flavor was great. I didn’t have chives, so I used 1 green onion. I also don’t care for mustard, so I omitted that too. My wife and I are watching our calories, and this fits perfectly into our lifestyle. Thanks!

Hi Amanda! I’d say about a week, but you can also just check the expiration dates for your greek yogurt/buttermilk and you should be fine! 🙂 I hope that helps!

I want to try this soon as I am one that likes a lot of dressing on a salad. I can indulge and have no guilt. One person used an avocado to add creaminess so how long would it keep in the refrigerator if one added the avocado? I’m not familiar with avocados but I am trying to use them as I learn. Thanks for all the help.

This was excellent! Unfortunately I didn’t have any chives so I had to leave them out this time. I did add in a pinch of dill for a little extra bite. Thanks for this recipe!

Made this last night so that I could get my boys (4, 6 and 8 years old) to eat asparagus. They smothered them in the ranch and downed them in 10 minutes. Success! Thank you 🙂

Hi Marie! Thank you! I saw in the recipe notes: ” This is a pretty thin dressing, if you like thicker dressings, slowly add in the buttermilk, until the consistency you prefer is reached!”


I like my ranch more on the watery side…mine came out too thick. How do I make it more runny?? Is it the buttermilk that thickens it??

Nope! Buttermilk would thin it out 🙂 Recipe note says: This is a pretty thin dressing, if you like thicker dressings, slowly add in the buttermilk, until the consistency you prefer is reached! The opposite could be said if you want a thinner dressing, just add more buttermilk 🙂


Any way to do this without a food processor? Just chop everything up really small? Looks great though. Trying to move off of Ranch and count my calories but I’m finding the vinegar based stuff is making my salads a chore to eat. I need the cream!

This is awesome! Thank you for posting it! I just made it using dried cilantro, lime juice, and cumin in place of parsley, chives, and lemon to make cilantro lime ranch. Tastes great! I’m curious to see how long it’ll keep in the fridge, but otherwise, I’m really happy! Thank you!

I make homemade yogurt and can have it as “standard” or drain the whey for greek..it’s always on hand…although I do use buttermilk occasionally for cooking it’s not something I drink and I usually plan several recipes to make sure I use it up…my question is can you just use “regular yogurt” and skip the buttermilk?

I considered using a ranch dressing packet along with some homemade yogurt.

You can also easily make homemade buttermilk when you need it. Just place 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a glass and add one cup of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes and it will curdle. I don’t keep buttermilk “on hand” so this is a great sub when a recipe calls for it.


You asked! For your Ranch — since you make it to order, make with freshly minced onion, garlic & freshly minced herbs, purée in a food processor if you want it smooth, but texture is nice. Create options for all the off shoots like Southwestern Ranch, etc. You can spin cottage cheese & use it for a Base too. Then these are the most popular Dressing
varieties — French/Catalina — Russian/Thousand Island,
Italian/Creamy Italian — Caesar/Greek — Blue/Roquefort — all Creamy Poppy Seeds — Maple Sweet & Sour/all sweet Sours — all the Vinaigrette’s/fruited Vinaigrettes.❤️🙃❤️


Has anyone tried this with just a ranch seasoning packet? My spices are limited and I already have a packet and am very anxious to try this recipe!

This is wonderful. I’m looking forward to trying your Yogurt Blue Cheese dressing, too. I would love to see you re-do a healthier Caesar dressing.

Interesting! I LOVE NAKED CELERY 🤣. In fact, I rarely use any dressing as I find it overshadows the very delicate flavours of salad veg, and destroys the ‘crunch’.

I’ll be trying the dressing out on hubby though, he can’t even loo at an undressed salad 😉

Thanks! Add more greek yogurt or use less buttermilk next time 🙂 I have suggestions in the notes of the recipe!