Ranch Sauce is one of the most calorific, as well as delicious sauces I know so I thought it would be a good idea to create a leaner alternative. If you love this sauce I am confident you will also love my Low Fat Ranch Dipping Sauce.
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 unpleasantly acidic and generally 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!
Ricotta is naturally very low in fat (only 6g fat in 100g ricotta, whereas the fat content in mayonnaise can be as high as 80g!), has a lovely creamy texture and, with a little help from simple ingredients such as salt, lemon juice, garlic and chives, makes a delicious low fat alternative to mayonnaise in this recipe.
I’ve also used Skyr instead of buttermilk, for a thicker, richer texture in this sauce (buttermilk would have been better if I was to make a ranch dressing). Ever since I discovered Skyr several months ago it’s been a staple breakfast ingredient in my house – I’ve also used it 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 simply an ideal ingredient in my Low Fat Ranch Dipping Sauce.
Having said that, Greek yogurt, which is relatively low in fat, will make a good alternative to Skyr if you prefer to use that, or can’t get hold of Skyr.
This sauce makes a delicious accompaniment to fried or baked fish, chicken or curry dishes, as well as one simple recipe involving potatoes, which I am going to share with you next time:)
Yields 4 portions
6 minPrep Time
6 minTotal Time
- 150g Skyr (or Greek yogurt)
- 100g 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.