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This Keto Ranch Dressing is rich, creamy, and SO tasty! It’s packed with herbs, and perfect for anyone on a ketogenic diet. Ideal for dressing up salads or dipping your favorite veggies. Prep takes just 5 minutes!

A bowl of creamy keto ranch dressing with a spoon, surrounded by fresh dill and greens on a wooden table.

❤️ Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Keto-friendly: It’s low in carbs, making it perfect for a keto diet. ))))))))) net carbs per serving!
  • Flavorful: The mix of fresh herbs and tangy lemon juice adds a burst of flavor.
  • Versatile: Great as a salad dressing or a dip for veggies and snacks.
  • Easy to make: With simple ingredients and steps, anyone can whip this up.
  • Quick: Prep takes just about 5 minutes! You can either serve it right away or let it chill for a couple of hours to thicken up.
  • Get the kids involved: This is a great recipe to have your kids help you make! My toddler loves adding the chopped herbs, mixing everything up, and tasting it (of course!). It can also be a great time to talk about why making your own dressings and dips is better than buying store-bought due to the quality of fresh ingredients.

🗝️ Key Ingredients & Substitutions

Various labeled ingredients on a wooden table, including sour cream, mayonnaise, almond milk, lemon juice, and chopped herbs, prepared for a Keto Ranch Dressing recipe.
  • Mayonnaise: Gives the keto ranch dip its creamy base. You can use any store-bought keto-friendly mayonnaise, or make your own homemade keto mayo.
  • Sour Cream: Adds richness; swap it with Greek yogurt if you prefer.
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk: Keeps the dressing low-carb. Coconut milk is a good substitute if you’re looking for a nut-free option. Heavy cream or half and half can also work for an even richer dressing.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed for that bright, tangy kick. In a pinch, lime juice, white vinegar or apple cider vinegar could also work.
  • Fresh Herbs: Dill, parsley, and chives bring freshness and vibrant flavor. Dried herbs can be used if fresh aren’t available; just use them sparingly as they’re more concentrated.
  • Onion Powder and Garlic: These add depth and sharpness. Fresh garlic can intensify the flavor, but you can use garlic powder if you prefer.
  • Seasoning: Sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste. Adjust according to your preference.

🥣 How to Make Keto Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. Prepare Buttermilk: Start by making your keto-friendly buttermilk. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a 1/2 cup measuring cup, then fill up to the top with unsweetened almond milk. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  1. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl or mason jar, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, almond-lemon buttermilk, the rest of the lemon juice, chopped fresh dill, parsley, chives, onion powder, minced garlic (or garlic powder), sea salt, and pepper.
  2. Combine Well: Stir everything together until fully mixed. If needed, use a whisk to ensure there are no lumps.
  3. Season to Taste: Adjust the seasonings, adding more salt or pepper if needed.
  4. Chill: If you have time, refrigerate the low carb ranch dressing for at least 2 hours before serving. This helps the flavors meld together and enhances the overall taste.
  5. Serve or Store: Serve the dressing over your favorite keto dishes or store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
A bowl of keto ranch dressing next to fresh dill, on a white wooden surface with a spoon at the side.

🪄 Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Consistency Adjustment: If your dressing is too thick, thin it with a bit more almond milk until you reach the desired consistency. Too thin? Let it thicken in the fridge a little longer.
  • Garlic Intensity: For a more robust garlic flavor, I use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Adjust according to how garlicky you like it.

🫙 Storage Instructions

  • Airtight Container: Keep your homemade keto ranch dressing in an airtight container to maintain freshness. A glass jar is ideal.
  • Refrigeration: Always store ranch dressing in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to one week.
  • Stir Before Use: Ingredients may settle or separate slightly in the fridge, so give it a good stir before serving.
  • Do Not Freeze: Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture and consistency of the dressing.

✨ 6 Variations

  • Spicy Ranch: Add a dash of cayenne pepper, wasabi, or a few drops of your favorite hot sauce to give the dressing a spicy kick.
  • Buffalo Ranch: Stir in a tablespoon (or two!) of Frank’s buffalo sauce. I love this version mixed with shredded chicken.
  • Herbier Ranch: Mix in extra herbs like tarragon or basil for a more herb-forward flavor.
  • Dill-Free: Not a fan of dill? Skip it and use more parsley and chives instead.
  • Cheesy Ranch: Stir in some grated Parmesan or cheddar for a cheesy twist.
  • Creamy Avocado Ranch: Blend in half an avocado for extra creaminess and a boost of healthy fats.

🍽️ How To Serve This Recipe

  • Salads: Drizzle over a simple iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and cherry tomato salad or toss with a mixed green salad including spinach, arugula, and romaine for a low carb salad dressing.
  • Proteins: Perfect as a dip for grilled chicken skewers, buffalo wings, keto wings, drizzled over air fryer steak bites, mixed into chicken salad, or as a topping for baked salmon or trout.
  • Snacks: Dip raw veggies like carrot sticks, celery, and bell peppers, buffalo cauliflower bites, keto-friendly crackers, or as a dip for cheese slices.
  • Casseroles: Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole or drizzled over Keto Ground Beef and Green Bean Casserole.

❓ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dressing dairy-free?

Absolutely! Replace the sour cream with a dairy-free alternative like coconut cream or a dairy-free yogurt to keep it keto and dairy-free.

Can I eat ranch on keto?

Ranch, even store-bought, is generally keto-friendly. Double-check the nutrition label for both recipes and pre-made versions at the store to make sure it fits your macros.

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A bowl of creamy keto ranch dressing with a spoon drizzling some, surrounded by fresh dill and parsley on a wooden table.

Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe

Bethany Galloway
This Keto Ranch Dressing is a tasty, low-carb addition to your meals. It's rich, creamy, packed with herbs, and perfect for anyone on a ketogenic diet. Ideal for dressing up salads or dipping your favorite veggies.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time (Optional) 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 32 Tablespoons
Calories 32 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice adjust to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper

Instructions
 

  • Begin by making buttermilk by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a 1/2 cup measuring cup. Fill the 1/2 cup up the rest of the way with unsweetened almond milk and let it sit for 5 minutes.
    1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • Add the other ingredients to a mixing bowl or jar and mix them well.
    1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, 1.5 tablespoons fresh chives, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
  • Pour the buttermilk in and mix well.
  • Adjust seasoning and, if you have time, refrigerate for 2 hours for the best flavor and consistency.

Notes

  • Dried Herbs: If you’d prefer to use dried herbs, the amounts are: 1 teaspoon dried dill, 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried chives, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Consistency Adjustment: If your dressing is too thick, thin it with a bit more almond milk until you reach the desired consistency. Too thin? Let it thicken in the fridge a little longer.
  • Garlic Intensity: For a more robust garlic flavor, I use fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Adjust according to how garlicky you like it.

Storage Instructions

  • Airtight Container: Keep your homemade keto ranch dressing in an airtight container to maintain freshness. A glass jar is ideal.
  • Refrigeration: Always store ranch dressing in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to one week.
  • Stir Before Use: Ingredients may settle or separate slightly in the fridge, so give it a good stir before serving.
  • Do Not Freeze: Freezing is not recommended as it can alter the texture and consistency of the dressing.

Nutrition

Serving: 1TablespoonCalories: 32kcalCarbohydrates: 0.3gProtein: 0.2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 47mgPotassium: 8mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 0.03mg
Keyword avocado dip, keto ranch dressing, salad dressing
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