I’m so excited to share this 3 ingredient dressing! Your search is over…This is the most amazing, easy to make, gluten-free, skinny ranch dressing!!! It tastes 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 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 1 Green. 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 tips
1 oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix (do not use buttermilk 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 the 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.
The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950s 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 aisle of the supermarket. And it’s gluten-free!
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.
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.
How Long it Keep
This dressing will last as long as the buttermilk you buy. I always buy the longest date (longest life or best buy) when at the supermarket. Reach to the back of the row. Most buttermilk’s life is for 2-3 weeks.
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 tastes great for this recipe.
*Be sure to use a package of Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix. It’s a 1 oz pkg. Do not use the Buttermilk package. It’s much smaller than 1 oz. The dressing won’t end up be thick enough or flavorful enough!
I love using these reusable deli containers to store this dressing.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 1-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 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
|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