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Homemade Ranch Dressing

This simple Homemade Ranch Dressing is light and tangy, and a perfect topping for salads or dipping your favourite vegetable sticks into. Made with a handful of ingredients you probably already have at home.

 Homemade Ranch Dressing

Bonjour! Greetings from France, first stop of our 3-week long honeymoon! You can follow our foodie, travel and cultural European adventures via Instagram. So far we have been blessed by beautiful weather, lovely reception by the people of Paris despite our very basic French and all over wonderful memories. We’ve indulged in local cheese and wine and enjoyed many of the beautiful sights. Today we’ll try our hand at driving… *nervous smile*

Our stay in Paris has  reminded me just how much better food tends to be when made from scratch, the old-fashioned way as it tends to be in continental Europe more so than in other Western countries.  Case in point: in an attempt to stay away from junk on a recent trip to the US I chose to snack on some raw veggies, but finding an additive-free dip proved to be harder than I thought. Dips and dressings are some of the worst because they are propped up by additives and processed ingredients to extend their shelf life. Feel free to check out the ingredient list of your favourite dressing or dip for yourself next time you’re in the supermarket… If you are already buying a wholesome version, then please share the brand name in the comments.

To be honest I’m beginning to be a little fed up with the marketing garbage that appears on so many chock-full-of-additives products available back home claiming this or that while at the same time containing inferior ingredients. So, if your ranch dressing’s ingredient list reads more like a periodic table, then here is a simple and tasty recipe for one that doesn’t contain all the nasty stuff. Because it’s made with natural yoghurt it contains gut-friendly probiotics which tend to be absent from store-bought bottled dressings.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

It will keep in the fridge for about a week, probably even longer, and is great to drizzle over salads or use as a dip for raw veggies, especially broccoli which seem to soak up the dressing real well.

Au revoir! 

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

This recipe asks for dill which is sold in big bunches. Simply chop all of the dill and place in a zip lock bag in the freezer. It will keep that way for months and you will be able to use it the same way you'd use fresh dill. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins


  • 1 cup natural Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup milk or fresh cream
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch sea salt


  • Place all ingredients in a jug or jar and mix or shake. Serve with a favourite salad or veggie sticks.
  • Store in the fridge for upto 1 week.
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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm

The American part of me loves ranch dressing! I’m eager to try your recipe!

jesusan September 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

My husband loves ranch dressing, so it’s nice to have a recipe for it that I would be confident in serving. Thank you for posting it. Happy honeymoon!!

Tessa September 3, 2013 at 8:49 am

What a lovely and healthy ranch dressing recipe! Thanks for the tip on freezing dill!

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook September 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

You are most welcome Tessa! Parsley freezes well to – chop, bag and freeze.

Christine (@cookingcrusade) September 3, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hard to believe it’s a ranch dressing and healthy! Hope you’re having a wonderful honeymoon!

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook September 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

thank you Christine!

Bill White September 3, 2013 at 9:11 am

I trust the driving went well and you are enjoying your honeymoon. You are so right about dressings bought from the shops. My wife will never buy them because she thinks she can make better herself very simply. Your recipe today is another very good example of using what is in the fridge and cupboard. Have a great time and give us some great food to cook for the Autumn and Winter. Whoops simple pommel forgot it will be your Spring and Summer coming up. Ah well just give more great recipes as always. Bill

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook September 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Hi Bill, lovely to hear from you! Your wife is very right, please pass on my greetings to her. We are back in Sydney now, safe and sound. You may be surprised but the next few recipes will be perfect for Autumn. Our Spring, although warm during the day does still get a little nippy at night time so having the oven on of an evening is not such a bad thing…

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