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The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)


All you need is three ingredients to create a delicious ranch dressing for your salads and veggies!

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  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup Best Foods (Hellmans) light mayonnaise, see shopping tip
  • 1 ounce package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix


Servings 18
Preparation time 5mins
Cooking time 10mins
Adapted from


Step 1

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Using a whisk, mix together until completely blended.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour to thicken, before using. To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 20 minutes. Store dressing in refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.

Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons

Food Facts
The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950’s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch. Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing isle of the supermarket.

Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that has been treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.

Healthy Benefit:
This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat. It is loaded with bone-building calcium and has a great deal of vitamin-B, which facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision.

 Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it is low fat.

Shopping Tip
Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmans) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise is the best tasting for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.
The Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS are still 1 pt for 2 tablespoons. It has 32 calories and 2 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons.

Weight Watchers (old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 3mg chol, 1g protein, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 208mg sod 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing made with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk
140 cal, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 260 mg sodium, 1 g sugar

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