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Healthy Ranch Dressing {Yogurt Ranch Dressing}

Creamy, tangy, and packed with flavor, this homemade Healthy Ranch Dressing is ready in just 5 minutes. Made with pantry staples and ingredients you can actually pronounce, yogurt ranch dressing is also kid-approved.

A glass bottle of ranch dressing in front of a bowl of salad

For many people, ranch dressing is their go-to dip for veggies, salad, fries, onion rings, and even pizza. With all the ranch dressing that gets consumed in many homes, it is time people realized how easy and affordable it is to make your own.

And if you’re like me and are not a fan of mayo, using greek yogurt instead still gives you amazing flavor. I prefer full-fat yogurt, but if you’re looking for ways to adapt it to your needs, you can use non-fat or low-fat. 

What’s in This Healthy Ranch Dressing?

  • Greek yogurt (related: Cold Start Instant Pot Yogurt)
  • Buttermilk 
  • Bright and flavorful green herbs – parsley, chives, dill, tarragon
  • Garlic. Alllllll the garlic. (related: How to Freeze Garlic)
  • Onion powder, celery seed, salt, and pepper round it out into a flavor powerhouse

a bowl of greek yogurt, milk, and herbs on a white board

What’s missing? Mayo. No thank you! But…if you really love mayo then trying making Homemade Whole30 Mayo to make this a compliant/paleo dip.

I love using buttermilk because it gives the dressing a classic homestyle flavor. If you do use buttermilk, save the extras for future batches. Learn more about it in this post on freezing buttermilk. You can also “make” buttermilk by combining your favorite milk with 1/4 tsp of white vinegar. Stir and allow it to sit for 5 minutes.

As written, the recipe makes a thicker Greek yogurt ranch “dip”. Increase the buttermilk to 1/3 cup for a thinner, pourable ranch dressing.

Can I Make This Vegan/Dairy-Free?

You bet! Use your favorite plant-based plain yogurt or sub in cashew cream. You can find details on making cashew cream in this post on Sriracha Vegan Aioli. You could also make Avocado Ranch Dressing instead!

How to Use This Dressing

It’s great on salads, and as a dip for veggies. It’s also the perfect companion for fun appetizers like Air Fryer Pretzel Dogs, Air Fryer Pickles, Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower, Buffalo Chicken Fries, Air Fryer Green Tomatoes, Mac and Cheese Egg Rolls, Kale Chopped Salad, Air Fryer Pizza Rolls, Air Fryer Green Bean Fries, or Crispy Ranch Potatoes.

How Long Does Greek Yogurt Ranch Last?

Store in a lidded container in the fridge until the expiration date that was posted on the yogurt and buttermilk container. Typically, buttermilk will have a shorter shelf-life than yogurt. This dressing is best if consumed in about 2 weeks.

Mix up a double or triple batch of all the dried ingredients and store in an air-tight container for even easier homemade ranch next time!

Recipes Notes:

  • The recipe calls for dried herbs, but feel free to use fresh if you’d like. You’ll need to use a 1:3 ratio for dry to fresh. So, instead of 1 tsp of dried parsley, you’d use 3 tsp (1 tbsp) of fresh chopped parsley.
  • If you have a packet of ranch dip that you prefer, feel free to use that instead of the listed herbs.
  • You can use garlic powder but I highly recommend using fresh minced garlic to really take this yogurt ranch to the next level.
  • Feel 100% free to use fresh green (spring) onion instead of dried chives. Both will give you an amazing flavor, so let your spice cabinet and fridge dictate the end product.
  • You need to allow the Greek Yogurt Ranch dressing to sit in the fridge for a good two to three hours to really develop the flavor. 

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A small glass container of greek yogurt ranch on a wooden cutting board with a salad and vegetables

Greek Yogurt Ranch WEIGHT WATCHERS POINTS

One serving of Greek Yogurt Ranch has 0 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

A glass bottle of ranch dressing in front of a bowl of salad
Print Recipe
5 from 2 votes

Healthy Ranch Dressing {Yogurt Ranch Dressing}

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Made with pantry staples, this mayo-free yogurt ranch dressing is kid-approved.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together to combine. Place in the fridge for at least two hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.
  • Store in a lidded container in the fridge until the expiration date that was posted on the yogurt and buttermilk container. Typically, buttermilk will have a shorter shelf-life than yogurt.

Notes

  • The recipe calls for dried herbs, but feel free to use fresh if you'd like. But make sure to double the measurements if using fresh.
  • You can use garlic powder but I highly recommend using fresh minced garlic to really take this ranch to the next level.
  • Feel 100% free to use fresh green (spring) onion instead of dried chives. Both will give you an amazing flavor, so let your spice cabinet and fridge decide the end product.
  • You need to allow the Greek Yogurt Buttermilk Ranch Dressing to sit in the fridge for a good three hours to really develop the flavor. You could technically use it right away but it will only demonstrate its full potential if given time to rest.
  • If you don't have buttermilk at home, no worries boss! Add 1/2 tsp of plain ol' white vinegar to 1/4 cup of milk, stir, and allow it to "sour" on the counter for 10 minutes. Boom--->buttermilk.
  • As written, the recipe makes a thicker ranch "dip". Increase the buttermilk to 1/3 cup for a thinner, pourable ranch dressing.
  • Store in a lidded container in the fridge until the expiration date that was posted on the yogurt and buttermilk container. Typically, buttermilk will have a shorter shelf-life than yogurt.
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Ranch Dressing {Yogurt Ranch Dressing}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 60mg3%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 345IU7%
Vitamin C 3.2mg4%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This post was originally published in December 2010. It has been updated with reader feedback, the recipe was made printable and new photos were included. For reference, this is one of the photos from the original post:

homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing in a bowl with carrots and celery

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10 comments on “Healthy Ranch Dressing {Yogurt Ranch Dressing}”

  1. I feel ya, Troy! I, too, am a lover of all things ranch. My “freshman 50” was 25% caused by Cool Ranch Doritos (the other 75% was comprised of peanut butter m&m’s, Sarah Lee pound cake, and laziness caused by pot smoking, but hey, it was the 90’s in BC, what are you going to do?!). I love this healthier version of ranch and it’s sooooooo good with raw veggies dunked in. I’ve come a long way!

  2. Although I do like mayo, we can agree that this greek yogurt version is a far superior way to enjoy ranch, and one that I can feel good giving to Odette! A serious win – thank you!

  3. Going to try this. I used to love ranch dressing but hormonal changes has caused some really weird allergy triggers for me. I used to be able to eat some things, but now it causes physical pain if I eat them. Ranch dressing is one of them. No clue what it is – I assume it’s one of the “spices” they lump together under that term. All I know Newman’s Own buttermilk ranch is the only one that doesn’t leave me trying to scratch my nose off for an hour after eating it. (Like cilantro causes me to be doubled over for the rest of the night as it tears up my insides. Strange. Allergies.)

    Definitely want to try this. Thank you.

  4. You’ve got to try this ranch dressing recipe too….my fave!

  5. You have a milkman!?

  6. Gonna try this!! My husband is a ranch junkie and every time he picks up the bottle to use it I cringe. Anything that clings that much to the side of a bottle when you are trying to rinse it out is just gross and no good. It’s like glue. I get an arm work out every time I try to rinse those suckers out before putting them in the recycling. Gross.

  7. Hi Tammy Jo! I’m guessing a few weeks in the fridge. Buttermilk has a semi-long fridge shelf life (2-3 weeks), and mayo is good for a long time.

  8. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious, how long do you think it would stay good for?

  9. Thanks for the recipe. Ranch is my favorite dressing ;), but I won’t buy store-bought dressings, because … well, they’re icky. Disodium … what?