Keto Ranch Dressing

by KetoFocus.com

A creamy homemade keto ranch dressing you can make up in minutes.

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This low carb ranch dressing is easy to make and tastes way better than the bottled ranch you find at the store.

Ranch dressing is a favorite in our house. Not only do we pour it over our salads, but we love ranch dip – especially when paired with bacon wrapped brussels sprouts, pizza or my garlic parmesan puffs.

dipping a red bell pepper slice into a bowl of ranch dressing with more sliced pepper behind and a spoon and fork as well

I try not to buy bottled ranch dressing. They are filled with unhealthy oils and honestly don’t taste as good as homemade ranch dressing. On top of that, many brands will add sugars to their dressing. We don’t need necessary carbs in our ranch!

This recipe for homemade keto ranch dressing is creamy, uses ingredients you probably already have in your refrigerator or pantry and you can make it up in minutes.

 

 

How to make keto ranch dressing

  1. In a small bowl or mason jar, add mayonnaise, sour cream, heavy cream, minced dill, minced parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  2. Mix or shake until combined.
  3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

dressing in a small bowl with a gold spoon and fork to the right along with fresh dill and lettuce and a bowl of salad sites behind

Key ingredients

  • Mayonnaise – Serves as a base for the dressing. Can use avocado mayo or regular mayo.
  • Sour cream – Serves as a base for the ranch dressing. This does add carbs to this keto ranch dressing recipe, so you can replace with more mayo if needed to lower carbs.
  • Heavy cream – Used to thin out the dressing. For keto ranch dip, use only heavy cream. To make a thinner ranch dressing, use a combination of nut milk, like coconut milk or almond milk, and heavy cream.
  • Dill – Can use fresh dill or dried dill depending on what is in season or available at your grocery store. Amount of fresh herbs can be adjusted based on your taste preferences.
  • Parsley – Can use fresh parsley or dried parsley. Fresh herbs have a stronger more pronounced flavor. The level of parsley can be increased or decreased for flavor preference.
  • Onion powder – To make this an easy recipe, I used onion powder over fresh onion. Freshly minced onion can be used as well.
  • Garlic powder – Can use granulated garlic or freshly minced garlic as well.
  • Vinegar – I used white wine vinegar in this keto dressing, but white vinegar or apple cider vinegar will also work. This just adds some tang or acid to the dressing. Don’t omit this. You can always increase or decrease the amount of vinegar depending on your taste preference. Lemon juice makes a great alternative in a pinch too.
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Keto Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or nut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced or 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Keto Ranch Dressing Directions

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Problem with store bought ranch dressing

Most of the bottled or jarred ranch dressings you find at the grocery store are filled with unhealthy vegetable oils like canola oil. These oils are highly inflammatory. Some brand even add sugars to their recipe in order to increase the palatability of their dressings.

In order to get away from using a vegetable oil based dressing, select avocado mayo as your base for your homemade low carb ranch dressing.

Ways to use ranch

Besides pouring ranch as a salad dressing or using it as a dip for your favorite vegetables, try making keto ranch dressing and adding it to these:

  • White pizza sauce – instead of traditional red pizza sauce, spread out homemade ranch dressing
  • Buffalo chicken meatballs – add ranch to your chicken meatballs when making them buffalo style.
  • Marinade – use ranch dressing as a marinade for chicken.
a fork holding a piece of spinach and coated with ranch dressing

Variations

  • Dairy free ranch – Instead of sour cream, either add all mayonnaise or substitute with dairy free yogurt or coconut cream. Replace heavy cream with nut milk.
  • Spicy ranch – Add 1-2 teaspoons of sriracha sauce or hot sauce into ranch for a kick.
  • Jalapeno ranch – Mince 1 jalapeno pepper and stir into ranch dressing.
  • BBQ ranch – Add 2-3 tablespoons of low carb BBQ Sauce to make a smoky, tangy ranch dressing.

 

Storage

Store your ranch dressing in an air tight container or mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. This dressing does not freeze well.

Keto Ranch Dressing: FAQS

Is ranch dressing keto?

Ranch dressing is generally low in carbs, so it is keto generally speaking; however, many bottled dressings use vegetable oils and add sugars.

How many carbs are in ranch dressing?

In 2 tablespoons of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, there are 5.9 grams of carbohydrates.

How to thicken ranch dressing?

If you want to make ranch dip, simply omit the heavy cream or only add heavy cream and not a nut milk. To thin out your dressing, use nut milk instead of the cream.

Does ranch dressing have eggs?

Technically yes, ranch dressing contains eggs because the mayonnaise is made from eggs.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Ranch Dressing

Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 135
Fat 11.8g
Protein 2.2g
Total Carbs 4.3g
Net Carbs 2.5g

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