The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)


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I’m so excited to share this 3 ingredient dressing! Your search is over…This is the most amazing, easy to make, skinny ranch dressing!!! It taste just as good as any high fat dressing but with a fraction of the fat and calories. In the past, I’ve shared my skinny ranch dressing recipe but it called for many dry ingredients. In addition, you needed xanthan gum to thicken it. I got back in the kitchen and created a new, easier and much skinnier recipe. Each 2 tablespoons serving has just 30 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 1 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.  So delicious as a dressing, dip, topping for potatoes and more. The possibilities are endless. I always have some on hand in my refrigerator. It’s a must try!!!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes


1¾ cups buttermilk

½ cup Best Foods (Hellmans) light mayonnaise, see shopping tip

1 oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix


1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Using a whisk, mix together until completely blended.

2. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to thicken, before using. To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 15 minutes. Store dressing in refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.

Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons

Food Facts

The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950’s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California.  It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch.  Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing isle of the supermarket.

Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that has been treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.

Healthy Benefit

This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat.  It is loaded with bone-building calcium and has a great deal of vitamin-B, which facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision.

 Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it is low fat.

Shopping Tip

Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmans) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise is the best tasting for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.
The Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS are still 1 pt for 2 tablespoons. It has 32 calories and 2 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1
Weight Watchers (old points) 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 1g protein, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 208mg sod, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing made with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk
140 cal, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 260 mg sodium, 1 g sugar

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191 Responses to “The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)


  1. admin Says:

    Great tip Debra. Thank you!
    All the best,

  2. Larin Pifer Says:

    Thank you, I made this tonight and it is great.

  3. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for letting me know Larin. I’m thrilled to hear you like this recipe.
    All the best,

  4. Dave S Says:

    This stuff is good. I mean addicting. Thanx

  5. admin Says:

    I’m so glad you like this dressing. Thanks Dave!
    My best,

  6. Helena Dearham Says:

    So want to try this recipe, but not sure if we have some of the ingredients in Australia. Pls advise. Helena

  7. Nancy Says:

    I’m not familiar with the available ingredients in Australia. If you just need to locate the Hidden Valley dry ranch mix, you could buy it on Since I make this all the time, I usually buy 1 or 2 (4 pack). It lasts for over a year. Here is the link to the page you can order from.
    Best of luck Helena!

  8. Leah Says:

    I did the recipe calculator in the WW app and it said one 2 TBS serving is 2 smart points. Either way it is worth it….soooo good!

  9. Nancy Says:

    Hmmm…Maybe their buttermilk and reduced-fat mayo is different than the ones I used. I calculated it based on using Best Foods light mayo and Lucerne 1.5% buttermilk.
    All the best Leah,

  10. Rebecca Hawkins Says:

    The best dressing i have EVER tasted
    I am addicted and am eating a lot more salads and raw veggies!

  11. Nancy Says:

    Yay…Mission accomplished! To me a salad is only as good as its dressing.
    I’m delighted this one is working for you, Rebecca.
    All the best,

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