If you love classic home-style Ranch Dressing, but don’t love how high in fat and calories it is, then you’re going to adore this Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing. It is low in calories, coming in at only 42 calories per serving, and low in fat (only 3 grams!) But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice flavor! This Greek Yogurt and Buttermilk ranch has a tangy homestyle ranch flavor we all know and love so well and will totally satisfy your craving for creamy dressing.

a fork dipping lettuce into a jar of ranch

Why We Love This Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing Recipe

Given that I have shared quite a few ranch recipes over the years, from my Healthy Ranch Dip, my Maple Ranch Dressing and my Horseradish Ranch Dressing, I knew I better share my healthy classic ranch recipe with you. I have finally put the finishing touches on it and I have to say, it came out so well!

As the title suggests this recipe is made with Greek yogurt, which is how we can get away with much less mayonnaise than a typical homemade ranch dressing. But unlike a lot of other recipes for Greek Yogurt Ranch, this one is unique in that it has both buttermilk and buttermilk powder added to it for authentic farmhouse-style ranch flavor.

We also added in fresh chopped shallot and dill which make it taste fresh and light and so much better than store-bought dressing. It goes well over a simple garden salad, to dunk veggies into, or use for Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower Wings. I won’t judge if you want to dip your pizza into it, and I even have used it to dress pasta salad and everyone loved the classic creamy taste!

This ranch dressing recipe is yet another awesome homemade salad dressing to try from the dozens I have shared here on Healthy Seasonal Recipes. If you haven’t tried any of them yet, make sure to check out my Lemon Vinaigrette and my Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing. Those are two of our top-rated! And since you’re a fan of creamy dressings, you’ll probably want to check out our Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing and our Light Creamy Italian Dressing.

Key Ingredients For This Recipe

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Non-Fat Greek Yogurt

To shave 388 calories off the total for this recipe, we used non-fat Greek yogurt. If you happen to have full-fat it will work too, but note that the nutritional information won’t be accurate.

Mayonnaise

I’ve found that only a little mayonnaise makes a big difference in the overall flavor of the final dressing. Not only that, it gives it a good mouthfeel and a little fat which is important for both the way we perceive flavors and to help digest the vitamins in your salad. For the whole batch, we only need about 3 tablespoons to do the trick which only contributes 3 grams of fat per serving. Well worth it in my opinion!

Buttermilk Powder

I keep dried buttermilk powder on hand to make my Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes and other baking recipes that call for fresh buttermilk. It lasts in the fridge for months! But I also like keeping it on hand because it also is a great secret ingredient for making ranch. It gives it that classic Hidden Valley flavor in a concentrated way without thinning out the dressing too much.

Find it in the baking aisle or with powdered milk. If you cannot find it or are looking for a substitute you can use nutritional yeast or omit it altogether.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar has clean bright acidity without any additional fruity flavors. It is the ideal vinegar to use for classic tasting ranch dressing.

If you don’t have any white distilled vinegar you can substitute rice vinegar which is slightly less acidic but doesn’t have any strong additional flavors. I do not recommend apple cider vinegar because it is too fruity and floral and will add too much additional flavor that is not traditional in Ranch dressing.

White wine vinegar would be the third choice after rice vinegar. You can read all about my obsession with choosing which vinegar is best for certain recipes in my guide to vinegar.

Agave Syrup or Sugar

All ranch dressing has a little sugar in it. Here I’ve opted for agave syrup which is neutral in flavor. Honey and maple are too strong if you are trying to imitate ranch dressing. That said, my Maple Ranch is on point if not traditional! If you don’t have agave, white sugar is your next best bet for sweeteners.

If you are looking for a sugar-free alternative, I like granulated monkfruit (just make sure it completely dissolves.)

Shallot & Dill

I tried this recipe with granulated onion powder and we felt that the taste of freshly chopped shallots was better and gave the dressing that homestyle fresh from the farmhouse kitchen flavor. If you want to use onion powder, use 3/4 teaspoon.

I also made the dressing with dill weed and came to the conclusion that fresh dill tasted better for the same reason. So just note, that you can sub 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed if you like, but we really liked fresh better.

How To Make This Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing

While I am a fan of blending dressings with a blender, immersion blender or mini-prep food processor, we loved the more rustic texture of the ranch dressing when it was whisked together by hand.

whisking the dressing together

Simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until they are completely combined. Make sure that if you are using granulated sugar (or monk fruit) that they are dissolved and that the buttermilk powder is not clumpy.

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FAQs and Expert Tips

How long will this dressing last in the fridge?

It keeps really well in the fridge for up to one week. Store it in a jar or resealable container. Shake it or stir it well before using it.

What is another herb to use besides dill?

If you are not a fan of dill you can omit it altogether or you can try substituting chopped parsley, tarragon or chervil.

Can this be made without mayonnaise?

Yes, you can omit the mayonnaise if you want to make this dressing oil-free and fat-free.

What is the difference between Ranch and Creamy Italian Dressing?

Ranch often includes buttermilk and creamy Italian doesn’t. Italian dressing includes a blend of herbs such as oregano, basil, sage, marjoram and thyme.

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More Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings To Try

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Healthy Greek Yogurt Ranch Salad Dressing (Low Calorie)

  • Author: Katie Webster
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: na
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisk
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Our Greek Yogurt Ranch is simple to prepare, much better than bottled and has only 42 calories per serving. With a classic, homestyle taste our easy low calorie salad dressing is the perfect healthy and creamy dressing for ranch lovers!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk or milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed)
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot (or ¾ teaspoon granulated onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon dried buttermilk powder (or nutritional yeast) *See Note
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. Serve immediately or transfer to a jar and chill. Stir or shake in a jar before serving.


Notes

Ingredient Note:

Buttermilk Powder: Find it in the baking aisle or with powdered milk. If you cannot find it or are looking for a substitute you can use nutritional yeast or omit it altogether.

Make-Ahead:

It keeps really well in the fridge for up to one week. Store it in a jar or resealable container. Shake it or stir it well before using it.

 


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 42
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 199 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 2 g