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


  1. admin Says:

    Roberta, I just figured out why your SmartPoints are different than mine. This recipe makes 18 servings not 12!
    And, I used Trader Joe’s buttermilk at it has 12g sugar per cup.
    My best,

  2. Roberta Says:

    Oh that’s great. I have been using it and counting it as 1 sp. I love it . Especially after adding in some sweetener and dill and garlic powder, made a BIG difference. I am actually eating lettuce again thanks to you 🙂
    Thanks Nancy.

  3. Roberta Says:

    we haven’t a Trader Joe’s in this area, sure wish we did though.

  4. admin Says:

    My great pleasure Roberta!
    Best of luck,

  5. Bethany Says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! This is the ONLY low fat ranch recipe I’ve ever found. Ever. And it was perfect! ♡♡♡♡♡ You are my hero.

  6. admin Says:

    Wow Bethany…Thank you!!!
    All the best,

  7. Bethany Says:

    Rereading my comment… What I meant was it’s the only GOOD recipe I’ve ever found. It’s not the ONLY one. Hahah! Thanks again 🙂

  8. admin Says:

    Even better. Thanks Bethany!

  9. Gwen White Says:

    Ranch dressing is sooo good, but the dry ranch dressing makes it a bit too salty for me so I make it then drop a peeled white potato in the jar and this make it perfect for me

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your tip Gwen!
    My best,

  11. Veronica Says:

    I’ve tried a lot of diy dressings. This is THE BEST!!

  12. admin Says:

    Yay! Thanks for sharing this Veronica. I just made some to enjoy all week long.
    All the best,

  13. Desiree Says:

    This recipe is everything! It’s beyond delicious, and I don’t know why ranch would be made any other way. THANK YOU!!!!!

  14. admin Says:

    Thank you Desiree…I’m so happy you love it! I always have a container in my fridge. Last night, I mixed a little hot sauce into some ranch and served as a dip for steamed artichokes. So yum!
    All the best to you,

  15. Pam Says:

    This really is a winner! I’ve been trying half batches of other ranch recipes all week. I’m done. This is a keeper! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for sharing this! 😀

  16. admin Says:

    I’m so glad to hear you are done with your search, Pam.
    Have fun!
    My best,

  17. Heather Dashner Says:

    Your recipe looks just great, but I live in Mexico and, as far as I know, we don’t have buttermilk. Can I use some mixture using Greek yoghurt? We do have that available now. Thanks so much!

  18. admin Says:

    Sorry Heather, but I’ve never made this dressing using only plain Greek yogurt. You might want to try 1 cup yogurt, 3/4 cup low fat milk.
    If you give it a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out.
    All the best,

  19. Heather Dashner Says:

    Thanks so much for your reply. Yesterday I tried a version with three parts yoghurt to one part non-fat milk (I originally though two parts yoghurt to one part milk, but it was too runny), and then added a bit of Xantham gum (1/4 tsp), and that gave it a nice consistency. The taste is just okay, though. Not the greatest. But it’ll do and the WW points (original form) come out to about 2.25 pts per cup, which is pretty great. Anyway, you have inspried me and I will keep trying and let you know. Thanks again.

  20. admin Says:

    Love your feedback Heather. Sounds like it’s going to be a work in progress.
    I’d love for you to keep me posted.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  21. Mary-Ellen Says:

    Good morning
    My husband loves jalapeño ranch dressing so I finely chopped a couple pickled jalapeños and added it to the dressing. It’s really good, I’m not sure if it changes the SP’s or not. I love your site, thanks for all the great recipes.

  22. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for joining me on Skinny Kitchen, Mary Ellen.
    The SmartPoints should remain the same when adding a little pickled jalapenos.
    All the best,

  23. Jody Says:

    Can you use low fat buttermilk??

  24. admin Says:

    All buttermilk is considered low fat even if it doesn’t say it. It ranges from 2.5- 5 grams of fat per cup, depending on the brand.
    Any will work. I used Trader Joe’s brand. It’s 2.5 g fat per cup.
    Best of luck,

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