Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Alternative

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Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Alternative

Category : Eat Right , Recipes

 Article by: Ireland Wolfe via

Creamy, buttermilk ranch is a perfect complement to your fresh vegetables, as either a salad dressing or a dip. But traditional ranch dressing is high in fat and calories. If you are watching your weight or just concerned about your health, you can make your own buttermilk ranch dressing that is healthier by changing a few ingredients.

Ranch Dressing

Commercial ranch dressing, the kind that you buy in stores, is usually high in calories. It also has little nutritional value. According to the USDA nutrient database, regular commercial ranch dressing has 73 calories in just a 1-ounce serving size. That same serving size contains 7.71 grams of fat. With only .15 grams of protein and 5 milligrams of calcium, traditional ranch dressing does not offer any necessary nutrients. Most store-bought ranch dressing also is high in sodium.


To make a healthier version of buttermilk ranch, you should use low-fat 1 percent buttermilk. Other ingredients include low-fat mayonnaise, vinegar and garlic. A one-cup portion of low-fat buttermilk ranch uses 1/2 cup of buttermilk, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and two tablespoons of white vinegar. You can also add other spices depending on your taste. Some spices that you can use are salt, freshly ground black pepper, fresh dill, fresh chives or onion powder. Other recipes for healthy buttermilk ranch also add fat-free Greek yogurt and fat-free sour cream, which can help make your ranch dressing even creamier without adding many calories.


By changing some of the ingredients in your buttermilk ranch, you can significantly reduce calories and fat grams. Using low-fat buttermilk and mayonnaise, a 2-tablespoon serving size of ranch dressing contains 31 calories and 2.65 grams of fat. Buttermilk ranch dressing can also provide some necessary nutrients. Buttermilk is a good source of protein and calcium. A 1-ounce, or 2 tablespoon, serving of low-fat buttermilk contains 1 gram of protein and 35 milligrams of calcium.


Although you can make a healthy version of buttermilk ranch dressing, other salad dressings are better for you. Vinaigrette dressing, made with vinegar and oil, is often low in calories. These dressings, if made with olive oil, can also contain essential omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol and blood pressure. You can make a low-calorie Italian vinaigrette dressing with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, Dijon mustard and other herbs.


Article reviewed by DonaldM Last updated on: Jun 4, 2012

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