If you spend time with me for more than five minutes, you will quickly find that I love ranch. I love it on everything! Literally everything!!! Fries, potatoes, sandwiches, veggies the list goes on and on!!!! You name it, I'll probably put ranch on it. And what's not to love about it? It's creamy without smothering your food and it has a punchy herbal kick!
The only problem with my ranch obsession ( other than the eye rolls I get when I ask for ranch wherever I go) is that it's loaded with fat. My favorite bottled ranch dressing has 140 calories ( 130 from fat) for 2 tablespoons. Not something I want to be fueling my body with everyday. So in an effort to balance out my ranch obsession, I made a healthy version that has all the flavor but less fat.
Say hello to a healthy ranch made with plain, nonfat yogurt. The beauty of this dressing is that it has all the flavor of regular ranch, but has less fat and takes less than 1 minutes to make. It's roughly 45 calories for one tablespoon of this dressing.
The key to success with this dressing is to use plain, nonfat yogurt. Don't try to use a Greek yogurt, it will be way to thick and have a sharp taste to it. This ranch is fabulous as soon as you make it, but I will say the flavor deepens as you let it sit in your fridge, so make a batch and use it the whole week!
Healthy Ranch Dressing
Makes 1/2 cup
- 1/2 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
- 1/4 tsp dried parsley
- 1/4 tsp dried dill
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Pinch of dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together. Store in the fridge for up to one week in an airtight container.