I love ranch dressing. But I don’t love how fattening it is. I truly believe that if you add ranch dressing to anything edible, it elevates it to another level. Tortilla chips, french fries, jalapeno poppers, chicken nuggets (the good kind made with real chicken, not the nasty kind), buffalo chicken wings, salad….the list goes on and on.
So, I wanted to find a way to skinny it down a bit and use some of the ingredients I had on hand in the pantry and in the fridge.
Typically, ranch dressing is made with buttermilk – but I didn’t have any of that. However, I did have Greek yogurt. Mayo. Milk. And, ranch dressing seasoning. Hmmmm. That works.
Now, here’s a little trick for you. If you have a recipe that calls for buttermilk and you don’t have any on hand (I don’t know many people that have it in their fridge all of the time), here’s what you can do. Put one tablespoon of white vinegar in a measuring cup, and fill the measuring cup up to the 1 c. mark with milk. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Boom – you’ve got a perfectly good buttermilk substitute. How ’bout that?! If you need more, you’re going to have to do the math yourself. I’m not even going to attempt to go there.
What I like about this recipe is that most of the ingredients are fresh. And, it’s super simple to make. I find making it and storing it in a mason jar works really well. You can shake it up, and it’s easy to put a big spoon in there and mix it up so you can get into the nooks and crannies of the bottom of the jar. Let’s face it – mason jars look cool too.
The prepared dressing will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Always remember, when in doubt, throw it out.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Made With Greek Yogurt
- 10 oz Fage 2% Greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp Hellman's light mayonnaise
- 1-2 tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch buttermilk recipe salad dressing mix
- 1/3 cup 1% milk
Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, and ranch seasoning in the mason jar.
Stir well with a spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
Slowly add the milk while stirring with a spoon to get the consistency you want. If you need more, add more.