A ranch dressing that I used to try was so calorie dense that I would need to cut back or find another option. And I found another option. That is this ranch dressing recipe. Follow Apronese to see how to make homemade ranch dressing.
Can I Make My Ranch Dressing Full Fat, Low Fat, or No Fat?
There are a lot of options to adjust this recipe to make it as rich or as light as you want.
You can use regular or light mayo. As for the yogurt, you can choose either non-fat, 1%, 2%, or whole milk versions.
Should I Use Fresh or Dried Herbs?
I used fresh parsley and green onion in my dressing. If you don’t want to use fresh herbs, you can substitute 1/4 tsp dried parsley and 1/4 tsp dried chives for the green onion.
Should I Serve It as Ranch Dressing or Ranch Dip?
This recipe works well as either a salad dressing or a vegetable and chip dip. You can make it without milk for a nice thick and rich ranch dip, or add a little milk to thin it out and make a more pourable ranch dressing.
Can I Leave The Sugar Out?
You don’t have to add the sugar to this recipe, but if you do, it does make the dressing better.
The sugar mellows the acidity from the yogurt and lemon just enough to make the dressing really smooth, and it hints sweetness.
It is better with the sugar, but if you can leave it out and you still have a tasty dressing.
How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing?
Drizzle this dressing on your favorite salad, or use as a dip for vegetables and chips.
Prep Time: 5 mins / Refrigerate Time: 30 mins / Total Time: 35 mins
Servings: 4 (2 tbsp each)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0.13)
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt ($0.11)
- 1 tsp lemon juice ($0.04)
- 3/16 tsp garlic powder ($0.02)
- 1/8 tsp onion powder ($0.01)
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley, loosely packed ($0.05)
- 1 green onion, finely chopped ($0.11)
- Freshly cracked pepper ($0.01)
- 1/8 tsp sugar (optional) ($0.01)
- 1 tbsp milk (optional) ($0.02)
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Use the dressing immediately, or for the best flavor refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
- Store the ranch dressing in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Serving: 2 tbsp ・ Calories: 114.48 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 2.6 g ・ Protein: 0.78 g ・ Fat: 11.63 g ・ Sodium: 145.2 mg ・ Fiber: 0.15 g
The nutritional values shown here are only estimates. Please see our nutrition disclaimer.
Other Ranch Dressing Flavors
This homemade ranch dressing recipe can be used as a template for a number of variations.
- Cilantro lime: sublime juice for the lemon juice, add chopped cilantro and lime zest.
- Chipotle ranch: add chipotle powder.
- Avocado ranch: mash one avocado into the dressing, can also add cilantro and lime.
- Blue cheese: add crumbled blue cheese.
How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing – Step-by-step Photos
Step 1: Combine 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1 tsp lemon juice, 3/16 tsp garlic powder (that’s just a little more than 1/8 tsp), 1/8 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp sugar, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 10 cranks of a pepper mill).
Step 2: Finely chop about 1 tbsp fresh parsley and one green onion. Stir them into the dressing.
Step 3: You can use the dressing as-is, but the flavor gets better with at least 30 minutes of refrigeration.
In this form it is a really thick ranch dip, but if you prefer a pourable dressing, stir in about 1 tbsp milk.
Step 4: Serve it as a dressing or a dip as you wish.
Hopefully, this homemade ranch dressing will help you enrich your dressing recipes. Follow Apronese for more updates!