This low in fat healthy ranch dip is made using a combination of ricotta cheese and yogurt.
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). But the good news is I’ve found the perfect alternative in ricotta cheese!
Healthy ranch dip with ricotta
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 recipe (with a little help from salt, lemon juice, garlic and chives)
Add some yogurt
You can use either Skyr or Greek yogurt (or another thick yogurt) in this healthy homemade ranch dip recipe.
I opted for Skyr instead of buttermilk, to create a thicker, richer texture. Ever since I discovered Skyr several months ago it’s been a staple breakfast ingredient in my house. I also use it in baking (see my Carrot and Walnut Scones with Skyr) and cooking (Low Fat Mushroom Chicken). Skyr is virtually fat free and full of goodness, which makes it an ideal ingredient in my healthy ranch sauce.
Having said that, Greek yogurt, which is relatively low in fat, or another thick yogurt would work equally well.
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.
This easy ranch dip makes a delicious accompaniment to fried or baked fish, as well as chicken. I’ve enjoyed it alongside these creamy, moreish Easy Cod Fish Cakes, and this Pistachio Crusted Salmon. This dip is ideal to serve with these delicious Spiced Chicken Kebabs, as well as these Perfectly Crispy Chicken Legs. Try it also with this Easy Spiced Potato Wedges Recipe.
More healthy dip recipes
Another creamy dip I made using yogurt is my super nutritious roasted cauliflower dip. You may also like this easy Eggplant Tomato Dip or this vibrant Beetroot Chickpea Party Dip. Check out these other easy, nutritious Dip Recipe ideas.
Healthy Ranch Dip with Yogurt
- 150 g Skyr or Greek yogurt
- 100 g ricotta cheese
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 small garlic clove crushed
- 1/3 teaspoon onion granules
- 2 tablespoons chives finely chopped
- 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 later.
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