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Unbeatable Skinny Ranch Dressing Recipe

Skinny Ranch Dressing Recipe

Want to eat better this year and lose weight? This is an easy Ranch dressing recipe with the Weight Watchers points already calculated for you! A great recipe for ranch dip perfect for football snacks, too.

I’m so excited to share this three-ingredient Ranch dressing recipe! Your search is over. This is the most amazing, easy to make, skinny ranch dressing!

It tastes just as good as any high fat dressing but with a fraction of the fat and calories.

In the past, I’ve shared my Skinny ranch dressing recipe but it called for many dry ingredients. In addition, you needed xanthan gum to thicken it.

Now, I went back in the kitchen and created a new, easier and much skinnier Weight Watcher recipe. 

Skinny weight watchers ranch dressing recipe, An easy dressing or dip, healthy and low calorie.

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Weight Watchers Ranch Dressing

Food Facts

The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950’s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch.  Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing isle of the supermarket.

Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that’s treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.

Healthy Benefit

This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat.  It is loaded with bone-building calcium and contains vitamin-B. Vitamin B facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision. Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it, is low fat.

Shopping Tip

Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise tastes best for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.

The Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS is still 1 point for 2 tablespoons. With 32 calories and 2 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons.

Weight Watchers (old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 3mg chol, 1g protein, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 208mg sod 1g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing made with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk
140 cal, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 260 mg sodium, 1 g sugar

Each 2 tablespoons serving contains just 30 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 1 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.

So delicious as a dressing, dip, topping for roasted potatoes and more. So many possibilities. I always have some on hand in my refrigerator. It’s a must try!


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour

Weight Watchers Ranch Dressing Ingredients

1¾ cups buttermilk

½ cup Best Foods (Hellmann’s) light mayonnaise (See shopping tip.)

1 oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing and seasoning mix


  1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Wisk together until completely blended.
  2. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to thicken.

To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 20 minutes. Store dressing in refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.

Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons

Pair this with Buffalo Turkey Meatballs or use it in Ranch Potato Salad.

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Tuesday 26th of January 2016

I made it the 1st time and it was perfect. The next two times, it's super runny/not thick at all (unlike the 1st time). I can't remember what kind of buttermilk I used the first time...but I'm curious is using low fat buttermilk (which is what I had in the fridge the last 2 times) causing this issue?

Thanks Barbara

Anne Parris

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Hi Barbara! I'm not Nancy, but I would either cut back on the milk or add more mayo. Weird how it's different now! It very well might be the low-fat milk.

Lisa Froman

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

Oh this is easy. I can do it. LOL. Three ingredient recipes are right up my alley. Thanks!

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

Thanks so much Anne and Sharon. I'm so happy to see you shared my 3 ingredient, Skinny Ranch Dressing. It's amazingly delicious and has only 15 calories a tablespoon! I hope you all enjoy it, Nancy

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