This recipe for low-sodium ranch dressing gives us all the flavors of ranch dressing we know and love, without all the unnecessary extra sodium. When you’re being conscious of your sodium intake, the last thing you need is things like sauces, dressings and dips adding unwanted amounts of sodium. That’s why I love this recipe. It’s also real easy to make and uses just a handful of simple ingredients.
Ranch dressing awesome on a fresh salad; as a dip for fresh vegetables; and it’s superb with fresh grilled chicken breast and so much more.
Approximate sodium content: 22mg per serving
Sodium Notes by Registered Dietician Alex G.
Often, the toppings on a salad, such as the dressing, cheese, and croutons, add the bulk of the sodium to your otherwise healthy salad. Bottled ranch dressing is an especially tough choice if you’re counting your sodium intake, as one 2 tablespoon serving can contain 260 mg of sodium. Also, it can be hard to stick to a single serving if you really enjoy ranch dressing. This Low Sodium Ranch Seasoning and Dressing is here to help you stay within your sodium goals without sacrificing the flavors you enjoy. The low-fat milk and yogurt add the creaminess, and the seven different low sodium herbs and spices add all the familiar flavors you expect in a ranch dressing.
What Exactly is Ranch Dressing?
Ranch salad dressing is traditionally a buttermilk based dressing that is flavored with herbs and spices which commonly include parsley, dill, onion, garlic, chive, pepper, and of course, salt. It can also include mayonnaise, sour cream or other forms of dairy. The origins of ranch dressing come from the company Hidden Valley. Apparently, the house dressing developed on a ranch in Alaska became what’s now known as Ranch Dressing.
Ingredients and Preparation
To make our low-sodium ranch dressing, we’ll take a few steps to avoid some of the frequent sodium culprits, while getting that rich and creamy texture ranch dressing is know for.
One thing we’ll do is make our own buttermilk, sort of. To do this we simply add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of 2% milk and let it sit for 5 minutes. What we’ve done is make an excellent buttermilk substitute that has much less sodium than commercial buttermilk.
Greek yogurt is an excellent ingredient to give us thickness and tang to our dressing. We like to stay on the low-fat course with this so we use 2%.
Then we add ranch seasoning. To get this, we make our own! It’s actually easiest to make the ranch seasoning in a larger batch so our ingredients for that will make 3 whole servings.
The base of the ranch seasoning is nonfat powdered milk. To that we add our seasonings which include parsley flakes, dried dill, onion powder, garlic powder, dried chives, dried minced onion, ground black pepper.
Use one serving now (3 tablespoons) and save the rest in an airtight bag or container for when you make your next batch of dressing!
Chill and Serve
Now that you’ve mixed everything together and made your low-sodium ranch dressing, you can serve right away and enjoy. But… want to know a little secret? It’s even better the next day! You see, like most sauces, if you let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, all those flavor have a chance to mingle together and do their little dance to bring out all the goodness.
And, when that dressing is nice and cool from being in the fridge, it makes the salad all the better!
Don’t waste your sodium intake on commercial dressings, make a batch of this delicious low sodium ranch dressing and enjoy it with all your favorite salads, veggies and more!Print
Easy Low Sodium Ranch Dressing
- Total Time: 20 minute
- Yield: About ⅔ cup
- Diet: Low Salt
Make your salads come alive with this rich, creamy and delicious low-sodium ranch seasoning. An excellent mix of ingredients that leaves out all the extra sodium.
Ranch Dressing Ingredients:
- 1 cup Milk (low-fat, 2%)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ⅓ cup Greek Yogurt (low-fat, 2%)
- 3 tablespoons ranch seasoning (below)
Ranch Seasoning Ingredients:
- ⅓ cup powdered non-fat milk
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried dill
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes (dried minced onion)
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried chives
- 1 ½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- Stir the milk and lemon juice together in a glass container. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Whisk the milk/lemon mixture together to break down any clumps.
- Whisk together the milk mixture and yogurt until smooth. Add in the 3 tablespoons of ranch seasoning and whisk until well mixed.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Prep Time: 15 min
- Cook Time: N/A
- Category: Salad Dressing
- Method: No-cook
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 2 tbs
Thank you so much for the very quick response!
I appreciate the details and I think since my main goal is to reduce sodium (since commercially prepared dressings are all so high in sodium), I will try your recipe as-is. I will use 2% milk and 2% Greek Yogurt initially.
I am so glad to have found your site and look forward to trying more of your recipes.
That’s one of the things that frustrated me so much when I was on my low sodium journey – all the “hidden” sodium amounts in the little things.
Thanks again for the feedback and i’ve got a bunch of new recipes right around the corner. Stay tuned!
I have a few questions:
Can you substitute skim milk for 2%?
Can you substitute non-fat plain Greek yogurt for 2%?
Do you use the entire 1 cup of the milk/lemon juice mixture?
– I did this and my dressing was very watery.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi Kevin! For your first 2 questions both answers are yes. I’ve made this recipe using all 3 versions of milk and Greek yogurt (skim, 2% and whole). Naturally, the whole milk and yogurt did have the most satisfying taste and texture. But the good news is, using skim and non-fat for both, was really a minimal difference. The biggest difference came from the Greek yogurt. 2% or whole will really give it more of a zing than the non-fat.
As for the last question, you do indeed use a full cup of milk (along with the seasoning mix and yogurt). The powdered milk in the seasoning mix will really thicken things up. If you can make it ahead of time and put it in the fridge, it will thicken up a bit more. But also, feel free to toss in another couple of teaspoons of the dry milk to thicken up if need be.
I hope this helps and thanks for checking in!