Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

12 Reviews
From the EatingWell Kitchen

Great for salads and for just plain dipping.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as chives, tarragon, basil or dill


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  1. Whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise, champagne (or white-wine) vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in herbs.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 13 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 mcg folate; 1 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 52 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 110 mg sodium; 8 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0
  • Exchanges: Free Food

Reviews 12

June 16, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
JUST A QUESTION i wonder if anyone has tried adding a thickener to the dressing? Like the thickener added to the liquids of people with swallow problems?
July 08, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
I've read many reviews on this site, and I have one question; why are some of you even using these recipes if you're going to alter them to the point of being completely unhealthy? The recipes are carefully designed to provide nutritional benefits. If you don't like them, go to the Food Network site.
January 17, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Tasty but very runny This was very tasty, but I had to double the mayo and add 3 tbsp sour cream to achieve the consistency I wanted. Pros: Tasty Cons: Too runny
October 14, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Amazing My whole family loved this dressing thank u
June 27, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
I always use low or no fat plain greek yogurt instead of buttermilk or may in dressing, it comes out a little thicker and tastes great.
January 19, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Try using low fat yogurt or sour cream instead of buttermilk. It will thicken it without adding extra calories.
December 04, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
The runniness can be arrested with the addition of talcum powder. If runniness persists, simply throw it out and go to the grocer for ready made.
September 05, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Instead of using low-fat buttermilk (which you can never overcome the runny problem) I splurged on full-fat. As for low-fat mayo, a lot of low-fat mayos are garbage and just have more soybean oil instead of the eggs, and the eggs are what give it flavor. Soybean oil isn't good for ya either. I've found the best lowfat mayo after literally trying out a dozen kinds: Lemonaise Light. It's pricey, but gives a great mouthfeel. It's available on Amazon if it's not in your local grocery store. Also, I used much more buttermilk than lemonaise, because in the called for amounts I got a very thick texture because both full fat buttermilk and lemonaise light are on the thick side. I also used chives as my fresh herb. Delicious!
June 09, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
The solids in buttermilk settle on the bottom of the carton so you have to shake it well first, to prevent the runniness.