bowl of healthy ranch dip with veggies

Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt

In Appetizers, Condiments, Sauces, & Such, Snacks by sarawalkenbach2 Comments

Most things home-made are typically better than the store-bought stuff sitting on the shelf for months. Less ingredients, no preservatives, and it just tastes better. With a handful of ingredients, you can have a healthier option chillin’ in your fridge too. Try this Healthy Homemade Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt for your next gathering or the big game.

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Homemade Ranch Dip Ingredients

Greek Yogurt

A healthier alternative to Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt is lower in fat and in calories, but is still tangy and has the same (slightly thicker) creamy texture. Moreover, it’s higher in protein which helps build muscles, and keeps us fuller longer. Plus, it’s lower in lactose, making it easier for some to digest.

According to Health Benefits Greek Yogurt, at WebMD.com, Greek yogurt has several health benefits. Here are a few:

  • High in Vitamin B12
  • Contains Potassium, helping counteract sodium, and maintaining blood pressure
  • Great source of Iodine, supporting healthy thyroid function and strong immunity

Use Greek Yogurt in salad dressings like this Creamy Tex-Mex Dressing, on top of tacos, in smoothies, and in dips like this one and Healthy Queso.

Lemon Juice

Fresh lemon and herbs are such a great combo. It’s amazing how a squeeze of fresh lemon can brighten up most dishes.

Healthy Ranch dip on a platter with veggies
Let your dip marinate in the fridge for a few hours before enjoying. This allows the flavors to sink in.

Milk

A little bit of milk is needed to thin out the dip. You can use any type of non-flavored milk with a neutral taste. If you like a thicker dip, just omit the milk.

Seasoning

Manufacturers have made it super easy with their already made ranch seasoning. However, it contains anti-caking agents and maltodextrin. Try to limit the foods you eat that contain maltodextrin. This highly processed additive has a higher glycemic index than table sugar. Increasing your risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to WebMD’s article, What is Maltodextrin?

The article also states, in early stages of research, to have found maltodextrin may cause gut issues, as well.

Maltodextrin may reduce the number of good bacteria and increase the harmful bacteria.

WebMD

No thanks. Make your own ranch seasoning with these simple ingredients:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dill (dried)
  • Basil (dried)
  • Chives (dried)
  • Parsley (dried)
  • Salt & Pepper

Mix together a triple batch to have on hand in your cupboard for seasoning potatoes or chicken. Since the salt is heavier than the dried herbs, be sure to stir it up each time you use it, as the salt falls to the bottom.

If you are an herb grower, using fresh herbs in this recipe would be amazing! Multiply the amounts by 3 for fresh herbs. Since dried herbs are more concentrated, you don’t need as much.

How to Make Ranch Dip

Healthy Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt is as easy as dumping in all the ingredients, and letting it chill in the fridge for a bit, so the flavors have time to get to know each other.

First, mix together your seasoning (you won’t use all of it). Next, mix together Greek yogurt, seasoning and a squeeze of lemon juice. Whisk together, stick it in the fridge. It’s ready at any point, just more flavorful after about 4 hours.

Cut veggies and potato chips on a small plate with a zucchini stick being dipped in healthy ranch dip.
There are lots of vehicles, besides potato chips, to get the Ranch to your lips.

Need some kid’s snack ideas, you’ll love my 8 Healthy Kid Snacks article.

What to Dip

Ranch dip and potato chips go together like Mahomes and Kelce (Go Chiefs!). A few potato chips are okay but balance out those fried chips with fresh veggies. Here are a few delicious options:

  • Carrot Sticks
  • Broccoli
  • Potato Skins or Wedges (air fried)
  • Mini Bell Peppers, halved
  • Zucchini sticks
  • Cucumbers rounds
  • Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Mix-Ins

Variety is the spice of life. Eating healthy can be hard if you’re eating the same thing over and over again. Mix up your healthy staples to keep your food interesting. Here are a few options for this dip:

Spice it Up

Add some heat to your Ranch. There are so many possibilities for making it spicy:

  • Add Cayenne, Chili Powder, or Red Pepper Flake
  • Whisk in some Salsa, like 505 (get 10% off here)
  • Drop in your favorite Hot Sauce
  • Adobo Sauce from a can of Chipotle Peppers, for a smoky flavor

Flavor Bombs

Think of condiments that are full of flavor.

  • Pesto
  • Pepperoncinis (diced)
  • Olives (diced)
  • BBQ Sauce

Team Avocado

Avocados deserve their own category. They are mild in flavor, but a creamy delicious healthy fat. Mash one up and mix into the Ranch. Add in some tajin, cilantro, and fresh lime juice for a Tex-Mex Ranch.

Cheese

Cheese makes everything better. Mix in some crumbled Blue Cheese or Feta. These cheeses work best, as they are dense enough so the moisture from the Ranch doesn’t melt them away.

healthy ranch dip with a platter of cut veggies and potato chips.
Ranch Dip is a classic! If you ever want to detour from the OG Ranch, try a Mix-In option above.
How long does Healthy Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt last?

If starting out with fresh ingredients, if can last up to a week.

Do I really need to let Ranch Dip rest?

Yes. The longer it rests the better flavor it will have.

What’s the best way to keep the dip Cold at a party?

Take a bowl larger than the one the Ranch Dip is being served in. Fill it halfway with ice. Place your bowl of Ranch Dip on top of the ice.

Can I use this recipe to make a Salad Dressing?

Yes! See the note in the recipe card below.

More Ranchy Recipes…

Pizzeria House Salad with Healthy Ranch Dressing

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Healthy Queso Dip

Air Fryer Eggplant Parmesan

Easy Zucchini Ribbon Salad

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bowl of healthy ranch dip with veggies

Healthy Ranch Dip with Greek Yogurt

Sara Walkenbach
This is a dip you won't feel guilty about going back for seconds. Lighter in fat and calories, higher in protein, this made with Greek yogurt dip is delicious on just about anything.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ranch Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1.5 tbsp Parsley dried
  • 1 tsp Chives dried
  • 1/2 tsp Dill dried
  • 1/2 tsp Basil dried
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Healthy Ranch Dip

  • 2 cups Plain Greek yogurt 2% or 5%
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Ranch Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together Ranch seasonings. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together Ranch Dip ingredients until combined. Place in refrigerator for up to 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy with fresh veggies or a few potato chips.

Notes

To make a salad dressing, use 1 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 a lemon juiced, 1/2 cup milk, 2-3 tbsp seasoning.
If using fresh herbs for ranch, use x 3 the amounts of measurements of dried herbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 11gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 902mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 169IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 136mgIron: 0.3mg
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