This healthy, low calorie five-ingredient creamy ranch dressing recipe is made with fresh dill, lemon juice, and plain yogurt.
There are many things I love and admire about my beautiful mother but I am especially grateful that she taught me the art of making homemade salad dressing.
The truth is, we never had bottled salad dressing in the fridge growing up. She always made it from scratch with just a handful of simple ingredients.
To this day, I make my own salad dressing every night just like my mommy did. Really, it’s all I know and it couldn’t be any easier.
Most nights I make a traditional Lebanese salad dressing recipe but this time I decided to create a guilt-free version of a restaurant classic: ranch dressing.
With as little as five simple ingredients and a resealable Ball canning glass jar, you are just a few minutes away from a fresh and healthy ranch dressing recipe.
Be sure to make a double batch and keep extras on hand for healthy eating all week long.
Frequently asked questions:
How long can fresh dressing be stored for?
You can store prepared ranch salad dressing in the refrigerator in a covered, air-tight container for up to 7 days.
Besides a salad what other ways can you enjoy homemade ranch dressing?
In addition to serving it over mixed greens, we love using it as a dip with fresh vegetables or as a healthy sauce for roasted veggies. It’s also great with homemade baked sweet potato fries.
Suggestions for packing a salad in advance?
You can pack a salad and use this dressing in advance. Either place the dressing in a separate container so it doesn’t wilt the greens or place it in the bottom of the container before adding in salad ingredients then toss before serving.
Your fork is waiting.
Healthy Ranch Dressing
- ¾ cup Stonyfield whole milk plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 1 clove garlic (grated)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Place all ingredients in a resealable Ball Canning glass jar and shake well. Serve over salad greens or use as a dip for vegetables.
For Satisfying Salad Recipes to use with this dressing, head to Pinterest!
Hi there, thanks so much for this recipe — it sounds perfect! Just wondering about the yogurt – I usually only have Activia on hand, would that affect the quality of this dressing? Thanks so much for your great recipes!
As long as it’s plain yogurt, the brand won’t matter!
Yay! Thanks so much! Can’t wait to make and share this recipe!
just the recipe for me…now I never need buy bottled from the supermarket xoxo
Woot!! I love hearing that!
I was just making my own vinaigrette last night and commenting to my boys how homemade dressings beat store-bought ones everyday of the week. This is one I need to try!
That’s so great that you are teaching that to your boys Dara!!
No excuses for buying ranch dressing!! This recipe is WAYYYY BETTER! Love it.
That is the DARNED truth!!
Homemade salad dressing can’t be beat! I love the fresh dill and lemon in here, perfect bright flavors for any salad!
Thank you so much – I totally agree!
I love how simple this is!!
I just can’t quit with the simple! :)
Love how easy this is to make!
Dear Liz, sometimes I just crave salad and this is one I could enjoy any time! The dressing sounds perfect and I love how simple it is…homemade dressing is the best. xo, Catherine
Aww I totally craved a huge salad today at dinner!! Gotta have a good go-to dressing!
Is this 36 calories per serving or overall?
I was trying to figure out how the full-fat yogurt yield so low calories and fat.
oh yummy! This looks really good!
It’s funny, I’m mostly a vinaigrette person but when I crave a creamy dressing I CRAVE a creamy dressing. Yogurt is such a great way to lighten them up. This looks SO good!
Omg I am the same Aggie!!! Lemon/olive oil all the time and then randomly I either want ranch of blue cheese IMMEDIATELY – haha!
I love using yogurt in salad dressing. My mom NEVER made salad dressing, and I’m o glad I learned how easy and yummier it is!
Oh i’m so glad you did too!!