This low in fat, delicious healthy ranch dip is made using a combination of ricotta cheese and yogurt. Although rich and creamy it is very low in calories. Ready in minutes!
If you love ranch dressing but not necessarily the calories that usually come with it you will love this healthy ranch dip with yogurt.
The main culprit responsible for the huge amount of calories in traditional ranch sauce is mayonnaise. No, I did not swap full fat mayonnaise for a reduced fat alternative. I find ‘light’ mayonnaise too acidic and generally try to avoid it. (For me most reduced fat products are never as tasty as the full fat ones). Instead I only used a combination of yogurt and ricotta cheese and only 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise for a bit of savouriness.
Healthy ranch dip with ricotta
Why did I use ricotta cheese in this recipe?
Ricotta is naturally very low in fat (only 6g fat in 100g ricotta, whereas the fat content in 100g of mayonnaise can be as high as 80g!). It has a lovely creamy texture and makes a delicious low fat alternative to mayonnaise in this healthy dip recipe. With a little help from the garlic, onion powder, chives and lemon juice this dip is bursting with flavour.
Equipment you’ll need
Cutting board and knife
Bowl and large spoon
How to make healthy ranch yogurt dip
1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients.
2. Stir thoroughly, season to taste and serve.
In addition to the ricotta I also used yogurt to add a bit of tangy flavour into the dip. You can use either Skyr or Greek yogurt (or another thick yogurt) in this recipe. I opted for Skyr to create a thick, rich texture without many calories – it’s practically fat free.
I do not recommend using buttermilk or kefir in this recipe (although both are delicious, naturally low fat dairy products, similar to yogurt). They would work well in a ranch dressing recipe, which does not need to be as thick as a dip.
Serving suggestions for healthy homemade ranch dip
This dip makes a delicious accompaniment to raw vegetables as a snack or party food idea. It also tastes delicious with fried or baked fish, as well as chicken. I’ve enjoyed it alongside creamy, moreish healthy fish cakes, and pistachio crusted fish. Serve it with healthy yogurt chicken kebabs or crispy chicken leg quarters. Try it also with spiced baked potato wedges.
Ranch dip can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in a jar.
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If you’ve made this dip I’d love to know how it turned out for you. Let me know in the comments below, thanks!
Healthy Ranch Dip with Yogurt & Ricotta
- 150 g Skyr or Greek yogurt
- 100 g ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1.5 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove crushed
- 1/2 tsp onion granules
- 2 tbsp chives finely chopped
- Fine sea salt to taste
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly until the mixture is smooth (use a whisk or a large spoon). Taste to check if the sauce needs more seasoning. Serve immediately or refrigerate (for up to 3 days in a closed jar) for later.