I’ve been making this recipe for ranch dip for a few years specifically for my daughter who is obsessed with ranch dressing.
This healthy, delicious homemade dip is simple and full of flavor. Plus, you can use either fresh or dried herbs.
WHY MAKE YOUR OWN RANCH DIP?
Store-bought ranch dressing is a processed food containing various chemical preservatives which you can avoid with homemade ranch dip. Eating store-bought ranch dip dressing with anti-oxidant-rich vegetables is like drinking alcohol while working out. They don’t go well together.
Making homemade ranch dip is easy, healthy, and gives you control over the ingredients. Plus, you can store it in a mason jar or glass container in the refrigerator and bring it to your next barbecue.
BASIC HOMEMADE RANCH DIP INGREDIENTS
The best thing for your wallet and your health is to get back to the basics of real food. Focus on whole food ingredients and enjoy the process of tailoring your ranch dip to your taste buds. This is a fun recipe to make with your kids or grandkids.
Plain Greek or whole-fat yogurt along with fresh lemon juice work well as the base for this dip. Yogurt is a good source of calcium and protein. Plus, the combination of yogurt and fresh lemon juice gives this ranch dip a nice tangy taste.
HERBS & SEASONINGS
What’s key here is using what you have available. During the summer months, I tend to use fresh herbs from our herb planter. However, I wrote this recipe using dried herbs as most people have those readily on hand.
A basic rule of thumb is to use dried herbs to fresh herbs in a 1:2 ratio, as dried herbs tend to be more concentrated. For example, one teaspoon of dried dill would amount to two teaspoons of fresh dill weed.
The main herbs and seasonings include:
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Sea salt
- Cracked black pepper
Again, you can decide on fresh or dried herbs. I’ve provided measurements for both in the recipe card below.
Other Dip Recipes To Try
If you enjoy dips, check out these other healthy dip options:
Homemade Recipe for Ranch Dip (Plain Yogurt)
- 1 cup plain Greek or whole-fat yogurt
- 1-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, adjust to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Use a whisk to mix together. Taste to make seasoning adjustments. Serve with fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, radishes, bell peppers, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, or corn chips.
- 2 teaspoons fresh dill weed
- 2 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped chives
- 1 garlic clove minced