I wouldn’t be a good Midwesterner if I didn’t have a million uses for ranch—pour it on salads, use it as a vegetable dip, dip your pizza or chicken in it…the possibilities are endless!
I think everyone needs a really good ranch dressing recipe in their back pocket—this is mine. By using a base of whole milk Greek yogurt, the dressing is packed with healthy fat and protein.
Why should I make my own salad dressing?
A good salad dressing goes a long way to making veggies more exciting (even for those folks who aren’t big veggie fans). My kid happily chows down on raw veggies when they are dipped in this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing. When you make your own dressing, you can save money and customize the flavors and texture exactly to your liking. Want a thicker ranch to use as a dip, for example? Use less buttermilk and you’re all set!
For more on taking your salads to the next level with homemade salad dressing, as well as many more dressing recipes, check out our Salad Dressings 101 post.
What ingredients do I need to make Greek yogurt ranch dressing?
One of the best things about this dressing is that it doesn’t involve many ingredients. In fact, most of the ingredients in this dressing you probably already have at home.
- Whole milk plain Greek yogurt—The creamy base of your ranch dressing.
- A clove of garlic
- A quarter of an onion
- Parsley and chives—An essential part of the traditional ranch flavor
- Salt and pepper
- Buttermilk—This is what gives your dressing its typical ranch flavoring
- Dijon mustard—To add a slight tang to your ranch dressing
- Fresh lemon juice—You’ll need roughly half a lemon—or two tablespoons—to give the dressing a bit of a bite
This recipe uses a little bit of buttermilk (it really helps give the dressing that typical ranch flavor), but if you’re sick of buying big containers of buttermilk and not using it all, do what I do—freeze it! I freeze buttermilk in one-ounce cubes, and then I have it on hand whenever I need it for dressings, pancakes, or biscuits.
What do I need to make this Greek yogurt ranch dressing?
Making your own salad dressing isn’t tough. In fact, the only thing you need to make it is a wide-mouth mason jar with a tight-fitting lid. You just add all your ingredients to the jar, tighten your lid, and shake it like crazy! Toss, shake, and go! If you prefer a smoother dressing, you can always use a blender or a food processor. But you defiantly don’t need one.
How should I store my Greek yogurt ranch dressing?
If you used the toss and shake method mentioned above, your salad dressing is already in the perfect container: a mason jar. However, this Greek yogurt ranch dressing can be stored in any airtight glass or plastic container.
How long will my Greek yogurt ranch dressing last?
This ranch dressing will last in the fridge for up to a week. Because it’s dairy-based, you don’t want it sitting around any longer than that. But this recipe only makes a cup of dressing at a time—it’s the perfect amount for a few salads scattered throughout the week.
Should I use fresh or dried herbs?
Either! The only caveat here is that fresh herbs incorporate into the dressing much faster than dried herbs. If you’re using fresh herbs, you only have to let your dressing sit for 15 minutes, while dried herbs should sit in your dressing for at least a few hours for full flavor.
You can sub out the following dried herbs for their fresh counterparts.
- Quarter onion diced = two teaspoons onion powder
- One clove of minced garlic = one teaspoon garlic powder
- Quarter cup fresh minced parsley = one tablespoon dried parsley
- Two tablespoons of fresh minced chives = one tablespoon dried chives
What can I use this Greek yogurt ranch dressing on?
Honestly, you can pair it with anything! It’s a fantastic dip for your veggies, and I absolutely love it as a dip for my pizza crust. You could also use it as a dip for chicken wings or sausage balls. Of course, it’s also delicious on all kinds of salads.
Is this dressing vegan? Gluten-free?
Yes, this Greek yogurt ranch dressing is naturally gluten-free! Just be careful that the Greek yogurt and buttermilk you use don’t have any additives that might contain gluten.
To make this dressing vegan, you’ll need to sub out the Greek yogurt and buttermilk. If you don’t want to mess around with substitutions, I’d recommend using my delicious coconut milk ranch dressing or cashew ranch dressing. Yum!
If you want to substitute, a great vegan swap for Greek yogurt is mashed avocado! You can sub it out in a 1:1 ratio for the yogurt in the recipe. You can also use soy yogurt or other vegan yogurt alternatives.
To switch out the buttermilk, you can mix one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar with any plant-based milk, so it comes up to half a cup. Allow it to sit—and curdle—for 10-15 minutes after mixing.
Looking for more homemade salad dressings?
We have a whole collection of salad dressing recipes, including:
- Chili Lime Vinaigrette
- Lemon Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Ginger Dressing
- Italian Dressing
- Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing
- Dairy-Free Cashew Ranch Dressing