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Healthy Recipe Idea: Low-Fat Ranch Dressing

In college I put ranch dressing on everything; I was also 20 pounds heavier. I have since curbed my ranch addiction but from time to time I still crave it so I was excited to try this recipe for Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch. It wasn't quite the same, but it did the trick while being way less in calories — regular ranch dressing has about 145 calories per serving, but this recipe only has 30 calories per serving.

To see the recipe


Low-Fat Buttermilk Ranch
from Good Housekeeping

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 clove garlic, crushed with press
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients and mix dressing in a small bowl with a whisk or fork. Or combine ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to blend. If not using right away, cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.

Calories 30
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat --
Cholesterol 4mg
Sodium 150mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g

*Nutritional information is based on a 2-tablespoon serving.


If you try it out, let me know what you think!

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kimmbot kimmbot 9 years
Mmm, I love ranch. I'll definitely be trying this out, as I love buttermilk ranches! And I'm getting tired of the low-cal, fat-free stuff that I get from the grocery store. Do you have any suggestions for making it thicker, like a dip for cut veggies?
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I kind of do this with Ranch dip. I mix Ranch dressing seasoning mix into plain nonfat yogurt instead of sour cream and it has a LOT less calories.
music_jewel321 music_jewel321 9 years
Thank you so much, FitSugar, for posting this recipe! I have to eat a heart healthy diet (due to congenital heart problems), and that requires that I eat a lot of salads, and very low-fat dishes. Your recipe is perfect and much needed. I'm so sick of balsamic vingar-based dressings! I will DEFINITELY try this! Thanks again!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thank God I hate ranch!
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