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


  1. The Hungry Mum Says:

    a great looking dressing that seems v simple – bet this would go down a treat at BBQs!

  2. admin Says:

    It would be great at a bbq. Have fun with this recipe!

  3. Cydnee Says:

    Nancy, I love your recipes. This ranch dressing might be called skinny but it sounds fabulous! Yum! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  4. admin Says:

    That is so sweet Cyndee. Thank you!
    See you next time. :)

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  6. Carmen VanVliet Says:

    Loved, loved, loved this Ranch dressing. I dipped carrots in my 2 Tbsp. and when I was done with the carrots, just dipped m finger in and finished the rest. Delicious alone too!

  7. Carmen Says:

    Loved, loved, loved this Ranch dressing recipe. I dipped baby carrots in my 2 Tbsp. and when the carrots were finished, I dipped my finger in to eat the rest. Delicious alone, too!

  8. admin Says:

    Yay Carmen. Thanks so your feedback! I always have some in my fridge. Such a versatile dressing!
    My best,

  9. Teri Says:

    I just made this dressing and it is absolutely amazing!!! How long will it keep in the frig.?

  10. admin Says:

    Thanks Teri. This dressing will last as long as the date of your buttermilk. When you buy it at the market, most give you a 2 week expiration. I hope this helps.
    My best,

  11. Tana Says:

    No offence but I had my super smart roommate double check with the math and it came out right! I just couldn’t believe how low everything was for how tasty the dressing is, especially since I only need 3 tbsp for 3 cups of salad. I LOVE buttermilk ranch dressing, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for making such a delicious buttermilk dressing that is low in everything. It tastes even better than the full fat buttermilk dressings from the store! I can’t thank you enough, eating healthy is so easy now.

  12. admin Says:

    Tana, thank you for this wonderful feedback. You made my day!!!
    All the best,

  13. Beth B Says:

    Nancy – I’ve just whipped up my 2nd batch of this delicious buttermilk dressing, and it is absolutely fabulous! I added bbq sauce to some for a bbq chicken salad and it was amazing as well. Next, I’m making your honey mustard dressing using the ranch as a base. You are brilliant, and I love finding a healthy, light, and still delicious salad dressing!!! Thank you, thank you! xoxo, Beth

  14. Tana Says:

    All the best to you too, Nancy! :)

  15. Roxi Says:

    I LOVE ,LOVE ,LOVE, this recipe! I make it at least once a week. It’s the only dressing my salad wears!

  16. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled to hear it Roxi. Thank you!!!
    My best,

  17. Rena McDanielR Says:

    I’m not a fan of ranch, but my husband will love this!

  18. admin Says:

    Oh good. I hope he enjoys my skinny one!

  19. Chloe Crabtree Says:

    I love this recipe, I will be whipping this up this week! I would love it if you would come by and share this at my new link party at Celebrate and Decorate!

  20. Sherry Says:

    This is not 17 cal if this recipe makes 16 servings the correct amount of calories is 43 per serving

  21. admin Says:

    Sherry, I calculated this recipe again just be sure I did it correctly. I use a program from Sparks Recipes.
    This recipe makes 18 servings. Each 2 tablespoon serving has 30 calories and 2 grams of fat.

    I hope this helps!
    My best,

  22. Vendetta Holman Dressel Says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe as I always make the buttermilk dressing recipe as the package suggest.
    Now I will make it less fattening! I love it on baked potatoes!

  23. admin Says:

    Vendetta, I think you’ll be amazingly surprised at how yummy and decadent tasting this skinny dressing is.
    My best,

  24. Connie Says:

    I don’t think I will use 2 cups of the dressing before it will be “out of date”. Can it be made and frozen in smaller portions?

  25. admin Says:

    Connie, I don’t think it would freeze well. You could cut the entire recipe in half. Just use 1/2 of the packet of seasonings and cut the buttermilk and mayo in half.
    I hope this helps.
    My best,

  26. admin Says:

    Connie, i just received this comment on the ranch dressing from a women named Brenda. Great tips. Wanted to share them with you!

    “This is just an idea I wanted to share. Because there’s so much buttermilk when you buy the container (I don’t use it for anything else) and it will go out of date before you can use it all. I measured mine out for the recipe and then froze it in ice cube trays. I write how many I need on the bag for the recipe. While the cubes are thawing I shake them up to keep it from separating. Once it’s done thawing I add the other 2 ingredients. Shake well to mix and put into my container. Works out great and I waste nothing.”

  27. Brenda Says:

    This is just an idea I wanted to share. Because there’s so much buttermilk when you buy the container (I don’t use it for anything else) and it will go out of date before you can use it all. I measured mine out for the recipe and then froze it in ice cube trays. I write how many I need on the bag for the recipe. While the cubes are thawing I shake them up to keep it from separating. Once it’s done thawing I add the other 2 ingredients. Shake well to mix and put into my container. Works out great and I waste nothing.

  28. admin Says:

    Wow…I’m so glad you shared this Brenda.
    I’ve never tried to freeze buttermilk and thaw it for this recipe.
    Thanks for the great tips!
    My best,

  29. Dorothy Says:

    I’m not able to find the Hidden Valley Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix. Is there anything else I can use? How about some of the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing that comes in a bottle?? I saw that at my supermarket.

    I live in Newfoundland (Canada) and some of the products we have are not the same as in the US.

    By the way, I just discovered your site yesterday and I went shopping for some ingredients on my lunch break today. I made the Halibut last night and loved it.

  30. admin Says:

    Welcome to my site Dorothy. Sorry you’re having trouble finding the Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning. I would not use the bottled salad dressing. They sell the seasoning packets on Here’s the link:

    Or, I do have a scratch recipe for the seasonings. Here’s the link to that recipe:
    I hope this all helps.
    My best,

  31. Dorothy Says:

    Thank you Nancy!

    I found a different brand of ranch style dressing and dip mix. It’s Club House. Hopefully this will be an equal substitute for the Hidden Valley brand when it comes to Weight Watcher points.×300/Salads-n-Dips/SND_Ranch_Style_28g_300x300.ashx

  32. admin Says:

    Wonderful Dorothy. The points should be the same since the it’s just seasonings. Sure hope it works for you!
    My best,

  33. Dorothy Says:

    I made the dressing and love the flavor, but I find it’s a bit too runny. Should I increase/decrease an ingredient?

    Thank you!

  34. admin Says:

    Hmmm…Dorothy. You do need to refrigerate the dressing for at least 1 hour to thicken.
    That said, maybe it’s the type of mayo you use. I recommend you use Best Foods Light (Hellmans). If you use this brand, the dressing is very thick!
    I hope this helps.
    My best,

  35. Karrn Says:

    When making the ranch dressing I will use 1/2 cup Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup light mayonnaise. Dukes or helmabs and add 1 cup low-fat buttermilk. This has been he best variation I’ve made.

  36. admin Says:

    I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with my version, Karrn. Yours sounds yummy too.
    All the best,

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  38. jennifer Says:

    Am wondering how long this will keep? Of course stored in fridge. It’s delicious!!

  39. admin Says:

    Jennifer, it will last as long as the buttermilk does. Try to look for the longest, best buy date. Sometimes buttermilk will last up to 3 weeks.
    I hope this helps!
    My best,

  40. Libbie Says:

    I can’t get buttermilk here. Can I make my own with vinegar?

  41. admin Says:

    You sure can, Libbie. Here’s a link to a recipe:

  42. Jamie Amos Says:

    Do you use the low fat buttermilk?

  43. admin Says:

    Jamie, all buttermilk is low fat. Containers range from 2.5 grams of fat per cup up to 5 grams of fat per cup.
    Any will work. I personally use one that is 2.5 grams per cup.
    My best,

  44. Erin Says:

    For those that are allergic. ..the majority of ranch powder mixes including hidden valley, have MSG in them. ..i finally got a powder recipe from to make my own powder mix with out it

  45. admin Says:

    Good new Erin, I actually do have a scratch recipe for a skinny ranch dressing on my site. Since it’s a scratch recipe, you can add or leave out the msg as desired. Here’s the link:
    All the best,

  46. Roberta Says:

    I ran this through the Weight Watchers calculator and it was 3 Spts per 2 TBS?
    I added dill and some sweetener and a tad of garlic powder, it is wonderful. But why the difference in points I wonder? Also I used the Hellman’s light and everything just like it calls for.

  47. admin Says:

    So strange Roberta, I just did my Skinny Facts and SmartPoints again and still get 1. I did use buttermilk that has 110 calories and 2.5 grams of fat per cup.
    My best,

  48. Roberta Says:

    Mine also has 110 cal per cup and fat 2.5. However, WW now does not count the fat. They count sat fat instead and it has 2.5 g perhaps that is why the points differ?
    WW now counts calorie, sat fat, sugars and protein for the point system.
    I am not trying to be offensive, I just want to be certain of my points,as I have a lot of weight to loose :)
    thanks again

  49. admin Says:

    No worries Roberta. I completely understand. The buttermilk I used has 1g sat.fat per cup. The smartpoints are this low since the entire recipe makes 2 1/4 cups.
    All the best to you,

  50. Roberta Says:

    Mine has 1 gm sat fat also but 13 grams of sugar how much does what you use have? Would you mind telling me the brand you used? I used Prairie Farms. How many servings per recipe would you say it has ?That may where the discrepancy is, I said 12 servings as I wasn’t sure.

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