Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Close up of a bowl of ranch dressing garnished with chopped chives with a spoon sticking out of it.

This Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe has been part of my homemade dips and dressing repertoire for years (indeed, I think I published a version of it in Student Eats) and whilst it does make a cameo in quite a few recipes on this site already, considering the popularity of my Everyday Truffle Vinaigrette at the moment, I thought it deserved it’s own post for you to refer back to every time you’re after a tangy, creamy dressing or dip.

I know ranch is a very American concept which a lot of us Brits are put off by because we’ve only had the thick, gloopy, strange tasting stuff from the bottle. But a good, light, creamy buttermilk ranch lightened and tanged up with yogurt, finished with fresh chives and heavy with garlic is a real joy especially for summer eating. The way it kisses crunchy lettuce, cooling cucumbers and juicy tomatoes (as well as how excellent it tastes with crunchy bacon bits!) is why I’m a dedicated homemade (and homemade only) ranch lover.

Oh, and because we’re all after spending less time in the kitchen and letting the produce speak for itself at this time of year, bonus points for this one as it literally only takes 5 minutes to make.

A few uses for your Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

Bowl of ranch dressing on a blue background.
Bowl of buttermilk ranch dressing on a blue background.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different type of yogurt in this dressing?

I like natural yogurt because it is thin and tangy, but for a thicker, creamier dressing that is even healthier for you earlier versions of this dressing used 0% Greek yogurt instead.

Can I use something else instead of raw garlic in this recipe?

If you find the raw garlic a bit much in the dressing – even though we’re only using a tiny clove – use garlic mayonnaise instead of light mayonnaise.

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Bowl of ranch dressing on a blue background.

Healthy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Category: Dressings
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This easy, healthier Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is the perfect creamy dressing for summer salads or for dipping crudités. Try tossing it with sliced cucumber or drizzling it over tomatoes for a next-level tomato salad!


  • 3 tbsp buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1 very small garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp chives
  • large pinch salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper


  1. Whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, yogurt and garlic until smooth. Stir in the chives and season with salt and pepper, to taste.


This dressing will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.