This tasty Keto Ranch Dressing is easy to make, super fresh and flavorful, and doesn’t have any of the sugar or junk you find in the store-bought version!
Ranch is a staple ingredient in many households. Unfortunately, most store-bought brands tend to come packed with unnecessary sugar and artificial ingredients.
That’s why I love making this homemade keto ranch dressing!
This recipe is super easy to make and can ready in minutes. It’s perfect to have in your refrigerator so you can use it as a dressing for salads, a filling for a hearty casserole, a drizzle for pizza, a sauce for wings, or a dip for chips and roasted vegetables.
This ranch is very low in carbs, which makes it suitable for keto. However, you do NOT need to be keto to enjoy this recipe!
This homemade version was created for anyone that simply enjoys a creamy, hearty, fresh batch of ranch dressing.
You can read everything you need to know about the ketogenic diet and diabetes in this guide on Diabetes Strong: The Ketogenic Diet and Diabetes – The Definitive Guide.
How to make keto ranch dressing
Making this low-carb ranch dressing at home is so simple and delicious, you won’t feel the need to buy it from the store ever again! This recipe eliminates the added sugars and artificial ingredients. Bonus: it’s also very affordable!
Step 1: Wash the fresh herbs and dry them completely so the excess water won’t dilute the dressing. Chop them finely.
Step 2: Mince the garlic, then use a garlic press or a fork to press it into a paste.
Step 3: Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
Step 4: Whisk together until the ranch is smooth, creamy, and there are no lumps. Adjust to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, keeping in mind that the flavors will develop in the refrigerator.
Step 5: Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 – 4 hours or overnight.
Once the ranch has set and the flavor has developed, garnish with some freshly cut chives and serve!
Using fresh herbs vs. dry herbs
Whenever possible, I like to use fresh herbs. I try to use fresh parsley, chives, and dill anytime I make my ranch dressing recipe.
However, you can absolutely use dry herbs if that’s more convenient or simply what you have on hand!
Fresh herbs have to be used within 1 or 2 days before they start to lose their flavor, so dried herbs may be more flexible for you to work with. Plus, you likely already have all of the ingredients in your pantry.
Keep in mind that dried herbs have a more concentrated flavor, so a good rule of thumb is to use a third the amount of dried herbs as you would fresh herbs.
How many carbs does homemade ranch dressing have?
This recipe is for 10 servings of ranch. At that size, each serving will have about 2.7 grams of carbohydrates with 0.3 grams of fiber. This means there are 2.4 grams of net carbs per serving.
Because this recipe is low in carbs and uses high-fat dairy products, it’s perfect for those on a low carb diet as well as people living with diabetes.
If you aren’t following a keto diet, you have the option to lower the calories by substituting milk products with low-fat alternatives. However, I think this ranch tastes much better with the real full-fat products.
Giving your ranch a little time
If you’re in a rush, you can use this dressing right after you make it. Sometimes, you just need something quick.
However, letting your ranch dressing sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour or two really allows the flavors to develop! The subtle garlic and fresh herbs will infuse into the entire dressing, making it unbelievably tasty.
It’s definitely worth the wait. The dressing will also thicken while in the refrigerator, but you can thin it with some milk before serving if necessary.
Recipes that work with this dressing
I firmly believe that you can put this ranch on almost anything. It’s a creamy dressing that goes great over a salad, but it can also make a great sauce for wings, be used as a filling ingredient for a hearty casserole, or be served as a nice dip to go along with your roasted veggies.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few recipes I love making to go with my homemade ranch:
- Keto Salad (High-fat, Low-Carb Cobb Salad)
- Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
- Chopped Chicken Salad
- Bison Meatballs
You can store ranch dressing made with fresh herbs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
If you use dry herbs, the dressing will last longer, up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Other healthy keto recipes
Looking for a few other keto friendly recipes you might enjoy? Here are some of my favorites:
You can also check out this roundup I created of 10 delicious keto fat bomb recipes for even more low carb, high fat inspiration!
When you’ve tried this dressing, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Keto Ranch Dressing
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp. fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp. fresh dill
- 1 tbsp. fresh chives
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Wash the fresh herbs and dry them completely so the excess water won’t dilute the dressing. Chop them finely.
- Mince the garlic, then use a garlic press or a fork to press it into a paste.
- Add all of the ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
- Whisk together until the ranch is smooth, creamy, and there are no lumps. Adjust to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice, keeping in mind that the flavors will develop in the refrigerator.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 – 4 hours or overnight.