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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 POINTS PLUS. 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


Ingredients


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


Instructions

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
(old points) 1

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 3mg 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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64 Responses to “The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)

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  1. Rosemary Says:

    Is this the Best Foods Light Mayonnaise in the green top or the light blue one? I’ve been using the green but it has disappeared from all my stores, unfortunately.

  2. admin Says:

    I like the one with the blue top. It’s easy to find so you’re in luck Rosemary!

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  4. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to see you shared my skinny ranch dressing. With just 3 ingredients, it comes together in just 5 minutes. i hope you all get a chance to make it. It so YUMMY!

  5. Beth B Says:

    Would this be the same using Best Foods Canola Mayo?

  6. Shannon Says:

    Doesn’t the Hidden Valley Ranch dry seasoning mix have MSG in it? Doesn’t seem very healthy.

  7. Rosemary Says:

    Thanks. I’m peeved with my local stores for dropping the green top which was 0 PP+ per Tbsp. That amount is just enough for a nice amount on a sandwich or foldit.

  8. admin Says:

    I hear ya Rosemary. I hate when you fall in love with a product and then they discontinue it!
    All the best,
    Nancy

  9. admin Says:

    Shannon, it does have a very small amount of MSG in the package. It’s used as a “flavor enhancer,” because adding to many foods (like ranch dressing) makes them taste better. It got a bad rap in the 1960’s as having negative side effects, but these fears are generally admitted to have been over-blown. Although a few may be allergic to it, the FDA recognizes MSG as “generally safe” when “eaten at customary levels.” And, most of us are not allergic to it because we unknowingly consume it all the time in so many of the foods we eat without any physical reactions. Almost all ranch dressing sold in supermarkets or served at restaurants contain MSG.

  10. admin Says:

    Beth, I’ve used Best Foods Canola Mayo for this recipe and it tastes great!
    The Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS are still 1 pt for 2 tablespoons. The calories for 2 tablespoons are 32 and 2 grams of fat.
    Enjoy!

  11. Helene Cohen Bludman Says:

    This is a great recipe to have on hand and I’m sure it will become a staple in our kitchen, as many of your recipes are becoming. :) We tried the hash brown eggs with turkey bacon this weekend — served it for brunch — a big hit!

  12. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to hear it Helene. As always, I love to hear how my recipes worked for you.
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  13. Courtney Says:

    What is the difference in this recipe and your other “Nancy’s skinny ranch”? All I can tell is leaving out the sour cream. Could I just use fat free SC? I just ordered the xanthan gum for the other recipe and don’t want to be out that money but would rather have the lower fat content of this recipe.

  14. admin Says:

    Courtney, The difference with this NEW skinny ranch is that I’m using Best Foods reduced-fat mayonnaise instead of their regular and using 1 tablespoon more. My original recipe is a scratch recipe and this is like the quick tip recipe. You could make this new skinny ranch and still mix in 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum. It will make it super thick and wonderful. That said, you’ll love using xanthan gum in a variety of recipes. It’s a wonderful thickening agent instead of flour. Where many recipes call for using 2-3 tablespoons of flour to thicken a dish, you only use about 1/2 teaspoon. Store it in the refrigerator and it will last a long time.

  15. Jennie Says:

    Love this! I have been looking for a better dressing! I am doing a giveaway and would love for you to come by and check it out!
    XO, Jennie
    http://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com/

  16. Kristin Says:

    Great to know about buttermilk! I would have written it off as a no-no food, just because of the name. This sounds like a great recipe because, let’s face it, Ranch makes everything better! Thanks for sharing, Nancy.

  17. admin Says:

    I agree Kristin. Everything does taste better with ranch dressing!
    Thanks for hosting such yummy link parties.
    All the best to you,
    Nancy

  18. admin Says:

    Jennie, Thanks for stopping by and for the invite. I’ll check it our for sure!

  19. Accidentally Wonderful Says:

    Love ranch, but not all the calories! Great idea =) I’d love it if you’d share this at my link party, going on now! http://accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com/2014/01/accidentally-wonderful-wednesday-2_21.html

  20. admin Says:

    Thanks for the invite Rebekah. I just shared my skinny ranch dressing.
    All the best,
    Nancy

  21. Hilary Says:

    This was sooooo good and obscenely easy! Thanks, Nancy!

  22. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled you love this dressing Hilary! I always have a container in my fridge.

  23. Stephannie Says:

    How long is this good for in the fridge?

  24. admin Says:

    Stephanie, It 100% depends on the best buy date of your buttermilk. Check the date on the package before you buy it. I reach in the back of the shelf to get the longest dated one.
    That said, usually 2-3 weeks. Enjoy!

  25. Laura Says:

    This recipe is great! I use olive oil Hellmans which has less calories than light…and tastes better!

  26. admin Says:

    Thanks for sharing that Laura. I’ll have to give it a try!

  27. Carol Cassara Says:

    I want to sit in your kitchen!

  28. admin Says:

    You are welcome anytime Carol!

  29. Aunt Bee Says:

    Yummy! I love buttermilk ranch so much! I always have a container of creamy dressing in my fridge for salads or for dipping fresh veggies! I can’t wait to try this skinny version! <3

  30. admin Says:

    I think you’ll really like it Brandi. Enjoy!

  31. Nadine Says:

    Hi ! Thanks for this recipe. I’d love to try it but I really do not like buttermilk. Can I replace it with normal non-fat milk ?

  32. admin Says:

    Nadine, it really doesn’t taste very good with non-fat milk. If you like other ranch dressings, you should love this one too since most ranch dressings are made with buttermilk.
    You really don’t taste the buttermilk with all the added seasonings. That said, I’d try it with 1 cup reduced-fat milk and 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt to replace the buttermilk.
    The yogurt will give it the tang instead of buttermilk.
    I’d love to hear if you liked it!
    My best,
    Nancy

  33. Nadine Says:

    Thank you very much for your reply, I will try it with Greek yogurt. In fact, I live in Europe, and I don’t what a ranch dressing is :-). I am sure the reduced-fat milk and Greek yogurt will be fine. Thanks again for your help, I will let you know if I liked it.

    Nadine

  34. admin Says:

    How funny Nadine. Ranch dressing is probably one of the most popular dressings in the America.
    Enjoy!

  35. Debi @ Life Currents Says:

    I love Ranch! And, could possibly eat it on just about everything! This is a great simple recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  36. admin Says:

    Thanks Debi. I could eat it on everything too!

  37. Jennifer Johnson Says:

    I love ranch dressing I think buttermilk is the key to a good ranch and less mayonnaise is great since I really don’t like mayo and only use it when I have to!

  38. admin Says:

    I agree Jennifer. If you decide to make it you’ll see, it tastes fantastic and you just don’t need or miss the extra mayo.

  39. Leslie Says:

    You had me at Hidden Valley Ranch. I am going to try this. I was looking for a healthier ranch, and I tried some of the all natural with the greek yogurt! It was horrible to me. I am so excited to try this.

  40. admin Says:

    You are in for a real yummy treat Leslie. Enjoy!

  41. Jamie Says:

    I looked back over the comments and found that it will be fresh as long as the buttermilk is fresh which is typically lasts 2-3 weeks. Thanks!

  42. admin Says:

    No problem Jamie. Enjoy!

  43. Melissa Says:

    The ranch packets that I have are 0.4 oz each. Do I need to use two of them? It seems like one would be enough but the recipe calls for a 1 oz packet.

  44. admin Says:

    I don’t know what brand you are using but I would use 2 packets Melissa. Enjoy!

  45. Tara Says:

    That is so easy and looks delicious, I love buttermilk!!

  46. admin Says:

    It sure is easy and yummy too. I hope you enjoy it Tara!

  47. Joanne T Ferguson Says:

    G’day! Love this recipe! Congrats being one of the #FeaturedFoodies!
    Cheers Joanne

  48. admin Says:

    You are so sweet Joanne. Thank you!

  49. A Novel Woman Says:

    Ok, I couldn’t find the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix here in Quebec, so I made it with French Onion Soup seasoning. Holy moly, is it ever good! I’ll look for the Ranch mix, but in the meantime, the French Onion version is delicious both on a salad, or as a dip for raw veggies.

  50. admin Says:

    I love this feedback Pam! First I’m sorry you couldn’t find the ranch mix but what a great idea to make using a French onion mix. I bet it did taste great!

  51. Sarah Mullins Says:

    I have been searching for a skinny version of Ranch dressing for some time. I have tried several versions and they were all terrible. Most called for plain Greek yogurt and although I like Greek yogurt, I found using it for the Ranch gave it a weird after taste. I found your recipe and tried it last night. It was absolutely delicious and very, very close to the real thing!! My husband and two kids loved it too. This will be a great staple for my fridge. Thank you!!

  52. admin Says:

    Sarah,
    Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m so happy your entire family LOVED this dressing. There’s always a container in my fridge. Great to mash into a baked potato or as a dip for veggies too. The possibilities are endless.
    With my very best wishes,
    Nancy

  53. Jamie Says:

    I thought this was delicious, but it was very runny when I made it even after a week in the frig. Is there a way to get it to a thicker consistency? Thanks!

  54. admin Says:

    Hmmm…I can’t imagine why it was so runny. I make it all the time and it’s super thick. Maybe give it a try again Jamie. I’m thinking that you might have added too much buttermilk? I’d love to hear if it was better for you Jamie!
    Best of luck,
    Nancy

  55. Tana Says:

    OMG! THANK YOU! I absolutely love buttermilk ranch and this sounds absolutely delicious.. Definitely will help my weight loss since ranch is my weakness.. love it on everything lol

  56. admin Says:

    I think you’re going to love it Tana. Have fun with it!

  57. Tana Says:

    I just have a question, how can the ranch only have 30 calories, 1.8 grams of fat, and 3 carbs when 1 tbsp of Hellman’s Light Ranch has 3.5 grams of fat and 1 pint of buttermilk has 2.5 grams of fat. I’m sure because it’s stretched out it does make a difference.. but I just want to make sure the nutrition information is correct so I don’t butcher my weight loss. It’s absolutely delicious and would be waaay less in calories, fat, and carbs anyway considering the buttermilk is low fat and Hellman’s is lowfat. So please don’t get offended, just wanting to make sure because I love this dressing way more and will continue to use it anyway. LOL

  58. admin Says:

    Tana, rest assure you can enjoy this recipe completely “guilt-free.” Each recipe makes a total of 36 tablespoons so each 2 tablespoon serving really does have just 30 calories and 1.8g fat.
    All the best to you,
    Nancy

  59. Kelly Says:

    Can I use fat free buttermilk in the recipe?

  60. admin Says:

    Although I’ve never tried it with fat-free buttermilk, it would probably work just fine. I usually make it with a low fat buttermilk that has 2.5 grams of fat per cup.
    And, it tastes great. I’d love to hear how it comes out if you try it Kelly!

  61. Mimi Says:

    I’m not big on mayo. I have some fat free Hellman’s in the fridge. How will it taste with this? I would hate to have to buy another jar of mayo. We don’t have Best Foods here. What’s the best second choice?

    I want to make the Skinny Buffalo Turkey Meatloaf Muffins.

  62. admin Says:

    Mimi, Hellman’s is the same company as Best Foods. So you’re good there however I’ve never tried this recipe with fat-free mayo. I’ve only used their light one so I’m not sure how it would taste or if it would end up being thick enough. If you decide to give it a try, I’ve love to hear if it worked out.

  63. Susan Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    I don’t eat any form of Mayo so can it be substituted with nonfat greek yogurt or fat free sour cream?

  64. admin Says:

    Sorry Susan, I’ve never tried it that way. If you decide to try it, I’d love to hear what you think!

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