Homemade Ranch Dressing

With just a few pantry staples, you can whip up a healthier homemade ranch dressing. Light mayonnaise gives the dressing body with less fat and calories than traditional versions, while buttermilk adds that signature tanginess. We like the convenience of using dried dill, but if you have fresh on hand, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill can be used in its place. We like this as a dip for veggies, but it also works well tossed with sturdy greens for salad.

a recipe photo of the Homemade Ranch Dressing
Photo: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Food stylist: Annie Probst
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • ½ cup light mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon dried chives

  • 1 teaspoon dried dill

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • 4 cups sliced vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber and bell pepper


  1. Combine mayonnaise, buttermilk, chives, dill and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Serve with vegetables for dipping.

To make ahead

Refrigerate dressing for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

151 Calories
11g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 cup vegetables & 1/4 cup dressing
Calories 151
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Vitamin A 11738IU 235%
Vitamin C 63mg 70%
Vitamin D 8IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 34mcg 9%
Vitamin K 57mcg 48%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 16mg 4%
Potassium 342mg 7%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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