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Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Oh, ranch dressing, how I love thee! Perfect for salad, dipping veggies, pizza crust. So good, you could bathe in it. Ok, wait…no, that’s gross. Maybe chocolate, but I’m not sure I love ranch dressing that much…

ANYWAY…As much as I love ranch dressing, I have found that I hate pretty much all bottled ranch dressings. I feel like I have tried every brand in existence and I just can’t find one that I like enough to finish or buy again. And don’t even get me started on low-fat ranch dressings. Most of them are just horrid and have a weird chemically taste to me. Blech!

Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

If I would have known earlier that it was so easy to make my own ranch dressing AND that it would actually taste good, I would have saved myself a lot of money! And best of all, it’s also low in fat! This recipe makes a good amount of dressing too so you can keep a bottle stashed in your fridge to have your own low-fat buttermilk ranch dressing whenever you want!

Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 2/3 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 2/3 cup fat-free, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked pepper (or to taste)
  • 1 tbs. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk (see note)


  1. In a bowl, combine the sour cream, yogurt, mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, dill, pepper, and the salt.
  2. Stir in the balsamic vinegar, followed by the buttermilk.

Serving Size: About 1/4 cup; Calories per serving: 55; Fat per serving: 3 g

If the dressing seems to watery, you can add in more sour cream, Greek yogurt, or the mayo to thicken it a bit. If you like for the dressing to be thicker, start by pouring half of the buttermilk in and then add more in until the dressing reaches your desired thickness.

If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding about 1 tsp. of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk and let stand for about 5 minutes.

Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


18 Responses to “Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing”

  1. #
    CCU — February 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

    This dressing looks perfect y friend great job :D


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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Beautiful! Love buttermilk ranch dressing, but I never buy it, but now, I can make it! Great Recipe!!

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    katie — February 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

    i love making dressings at home. Must try your low-fat version!

  4. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — February 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I love making my own dressings! Can’t wait to try this healthier version of ranch!

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    Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} — February 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Looks delish! I’m not a huge fan of ranch, but my hubby LOVES it! Great photos, the colors scream SPRING :)

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    Ashley — February 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I really need to try making my own ranch dressing. I don’t typically like the bottled stuff either (and totally agree with you on the low-fat kinds you can buy – yuck!). And this looks so simple!

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    Wendy @ AMFT — February 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I love making homemade dressings too and this one sounds delightful! YUM!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 19, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I can’t stand bottled dressings! Can’t wait to make this and slather it on everything!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    i always make homemade dressings at home, Stephanie! Usually it’s a vinaigrette of sorts but now I think I need to change the game. bottled dressings are usually so salty. I am SO on board with this recipe!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I love ranch so MUCH i want to drink it. I have to do this!!

  11. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 19, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Oh ranch! I could drink that stuff

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    Ramona — February 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I love ranch dressing too… I dip my pizza, french fries..anything in it. :) I like that you used mostly dried ingredients for this one so it’s easy to make.

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    a farmer in the dell — February 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    I have a love hate with ranch. I love it a little TOO much, and then my jeans wont button. thanks for a lighter version!

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    Althea Young — February 19, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I definitely love everything Low-Fat! yay. this is good for health conscious people.
    Must try.

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    JulieD — February 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Oooh sounds wonderful!

    • Stephanie replied: — February 21st, 2013 @ 1:59 am

      Thank you, Julie!

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    Rach — February 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

    So random… I just posted a ranch mix recipe! I haven’t tried making it into actual ranch dressing yet. I wouldn’t have thought to add the balsamic vinegar. Thanks for the recipe. :)


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