Homemade Ranch Dressing (S)

There was a time when nearly every Friday afternoon you could find 3 friends with a dozen or so kids having taco salad together and enjoying a marvelous time.  I miss those sweet friends and good times.  But in all my beautiful memories, I can’t seem to remember who came up with the Ranch Dressing recipe that we all still use to this day.

DSC_0465It has become the recipe that is requested from me the most and so I thought for posterity’s sake and for the ease of sharing, I would post this gem of a dressing recipe for the world to see.

It is so simple that a child could do it and so tasty that your husband will love it and so fresh and cost effective that you may be ruined for store bought Ranch forever.

Here is what you need:

DSC_04613/4 cup of Mayonaise

1 clove of garlic crushed or 1/2 tsp powdered garlic

1/2 cup plain, fat free Greek yogurt (regular plain yogurt or buttermilk may also be used)

1 tsp parsley

1/2 tsp dried minced onion

1/2 tsp salt

dash of pepper

Pour all ingredients into bowl, jar, dish or measuring cup.


Stir it up good.

Chill for 2 hours and then enjoy!

ranch dressing-5This makes a rather thick dressing.  You may thin it with water, vinegar, or milk to your desired pour-ability.









This dressing is a wonderful topping for salad, veggies, chips, pizza… the list goes on.  Use your imagination!  But if you are planning to let your imagination run wild, you may want to double the recipe!

For THM’ers this dressing is an S.




45 thoughts on “Homemade Ranch Dressing (S)

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  1. Sounds yummy!! Going to try making it tonight! Thanks. We eat a lot of ranch and I have been looking for a recipe that uses normal ingredients that I have in the house.

    1. I have used Low fat versions of mayo for this but I gotta tell you that it doesn’t taste quite as good. Low fat mayo might still keep it in S mode and the fat free ones change the consistency and flavor quite a bit. If you try it that way, though, let us know what you think.

      1. Thank you! I still don’t have the book so i’m just trying to follow some recipes online… can’t afford it right now but trying to get the library to get it in so i can at least read it!

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! I’ve been looking for a good Ranch Dressing recipe as I love ranch! Your chicken looks amazing too!! Do you have a recipe for that as well?? 🙂

  3. I know this is a silly thing, but I LOVE that you included a picture of your ingredients. It helps the kitchen-illiterate people like me! Can’t wait to try this recipe (and many more that you’ve posted!) 🙂

  4. Hi! My girls are addicted to ranch dressing so I’ll def be using this recipe!
    I see that you put 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt along with the other dry ingredients…but how much mayo?? Also, is there a sub for mayo?? It tends to cause upset stomachs in my lttle ones.

    1. Mayo is the first ingredient listed there under the photo. 3/4 of a cup. I like it with the mayo so I have never tried it with anything else as a sub… But let me know if you come up with something that works for you.

  5. Thanks! I need this. My kids go through ranch like nobody’s business, and I cringe every single time I buy it from the store!
    BTW, I love your mix of Aldi brand and others. I think you go for the exact same “better” ingredients as I would. 🙂

  6. Simple, easy, and delish! thank you for the substitute suggestions, too. I didn’t have plain yogurt, but happened to have sour cream from a recipe earlier this week and it worked great! I used reduced fat everything because that’s what I had and you’re right it is a thick version of sauce. Will probably thin it out with the vinegar idea once the sauce is chilled. Thanks again!

  7. I’ve been looking for a recipe that doesn’t have the hydrogenated oils and MSG. This looks easy and I can’t wait to try it. I might throw in some Feta cheese to it.

  8. I made this last night! It is sooo good. I had some last night with celery but tried it again today with celery and even better after chilling/marinating! Oh my goodness…it’s sooo good. I have chicken wings marinating in a baggie for dinner tonight. Thanks RohndaSue!!!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I have made it countless times since finding it a few months ago. Last night I made it with whole fat greek yogurt (all I had on hand) and I am wondering if there is a ‘fat’ limit in the S meal that would prohibit this? Thanks!

  10. Hello! A quick question about the buttermilk. I was told that buttermilk is not on plan for THMs. So is that ingredient just for those not following the plan???

    1. Yes, that is correct. I usually make it with the Greek Yogurt and then If I want it thinner I will just add a couple tablespoons of water or flax milk.

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