Lowfat Spicy Ranch Dressing

We’ve been eating a lot of salad lately and it’s hard to keep it healthy when your favorite dressing is ranch.  We love Hidden Valley Farms Spicy Ranch but it’s loaded with fat and doesn’t really fit into our menu because it’s also got some additives we try to avoid.  I searched online for a healthier alternative or a homemade recipe but a lot of them started with “Take plain Ranch dressing and add…”  That’s not going to work, either.

Then I found a recipe for Spicy Ranch Dressing which sounded great but still had far too much fat for me.  So I subbed nonfat plain yogurt for the sour cream, cut back the mayo, and added a bit of sugar to help with the tang and I ended up with a lowfat spicy ranch that is great on salad or as a dip for vegetables.  Even the hubby (a man who likes a little salad with his ranch dressing) loved it.  This makes quite a bit of dressing so what we didn’t use is stored in a canning jar in the fridge.  I am not sure how long it will keep but probably about as long as I’d keep opened yogurt so I don’t intend to push it much past a week.

Lowfat Spicy Ranch Dressing

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • heaping 1/2 tsp cumin
  • heaping 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp sugar
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp lime or lemon juice

Whisk together all ingredients, using milk to thin if needed.

By my best calculation, the original recipe is 140 calories and 16 grams of fat for a 2 tbsp serving.  The lowfat version (without thinning) is 42 calories and 3 grams of fat per 2 tbsp serving.

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9 thoughts on “Lowfat Spicy Ranch Dressing

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  3. Thanks for the great healthy version. I found your blog when I googled Newman’s Southwest Dressing recipe. Cheers!

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