Move over mayonnaise-y Ranch…enter the smart, healthy version of you! This Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing & Dip, formerly known as Lowfat Avocado Ranch Dressing, is one for the books! It’s super delish…and who doesn’t love the idea of replacing mayo with healthy avocado and protein-packed, nonfat Greek yogurt?! It’s a win-win!
Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing & Dip
Traditional Ranch Dressing tends to be mostly mayo-based. If you follow my sneaky techniques with recipes that call for mayo, you know I almost always substitute mayonnaise with nonfat Greek yogurt…and sometimes, a touch of mayo.
Why do I substitute yogurt for mayo?
Because I want the protein and vitamins I get from a heap of yogurt (in my dips/dressings)…as opposed to the calories, fat, and cholesterol I get from a heap of mayonnaise. And I love my mayo btw…but I love fitting into my jeans even more!
So, what happens when we take a homemade Ranch Dressing, minus most or all of the mayo, and add avocado to it? Ohhhh, we get a whole new level of ranch. It becomes even more rich, creamy, and takes on that slightly nutty flavor that avocado delivers.
We also get a bunch of new ways to use this number:
- salad dressing
- nachos topping
- veggie dip
- sandwich spread
- pasta salad dressing
- French fry dip
A few notes about the ingredients for this dressing:
I recommend using fresh garlic and not substituting garlic powder, if you can. Why? Because truly delicious, homemade Ranch has that very subtle hint of the spice you can only get from fresh garlic. Trust me on this one…you’ll actually have people guessing what it is!
Looking for the perfect vehicles for Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing?
Check out my Chicken Fajita Tex Mex Salad Bowl recipe. It’s a 30-minute recipe that takes you from zero to hero on any busy weeknight! It also goes great on my Filet Mignon Nachos or my Very Vegetarian Nachos.
Should I use dried herbs or fresh herbs for this recipe?
You’ll notice I used dried herbs in this recipe, but I love Ranch with fresh herbs too! If you use fresh herbs, double the herbs in this recipe, but don’t be afraid to experiment…it’s forgiving…it’s Ranch, after all.
Here are the ingredients you’ll want on hand for this recipe:
- nonfat Greek yogurt
- mayonnaise (optional)
- lemon Juice
- white vinegar
- garlic clove
- dried parsley, dried dill, dried chives, and dried onion
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1% milk
Here are the tools you’ll find handy for this recipe:
- Chef knife (to cut the avocado)
- cutting board
- Nutribullet 900 Pro (blender)
- pint and a half glass storage jar (to store in refrigerator)
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Nutrition Facts update: 8/29/15
Per reader interest, I visited caloriecount.com to get a rough idea of nutrition facts for Lowfat Avocado Ranch Dressing. Since I cannot guarantee accurate nutrition facts, I invite you to visit this link and copy/paste my recipe ingredients to get an idea of nutrition facts.
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