Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing {with fresh dill}

by Chrissy

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Those Hidden Valley commercials absolutely slay me. Here’s the link to the commercial, if you’d like some context for this post.


They make it look like the kids are having so much fun filling up their popcorn buckets with cauliflower, pumping on the ranch (instead of butter).

…hosting a salad eating contest…with forks.

I don’t get the forks. I thought the whole point of a massive eating contest was to shove as much food in your mouth, with your hands, maybe chewing at least every other mouthful, and trying to inhale the contents of your plate as fast as possible.

I mean, I get the angle. I get how cute it looks to have little kids excited about going to a vegetable carnival. But that is just not real world, people.

Get a grip.

Unfortunately the only vegetables that you will find at a carnival/fair is most definitely smothered in cheese, beer-battered, deep-fried, and served with a melted butter dipping sauce. Or something like that. Here’s my proof:

I read that one of the most recommended things to avoid, when dieting, is salad dressing! Obviously not all dressings, just the ones packed with fats, oils and sugars, like French, Caesar, Ranch, and Blue Cheese, versus the dressings with vinegar, herbs, and good oils. These types of healthier dressings are insanely easy to whip up in a few seconds at home.

With that said, since some of us still:
1. Enjoy a solid dipping sauce for our veggie sticks, when hummus just won’t cut it
2. Feel that a crispy chicken tender needs some tender lovin’ care
3. Find that a slice of cheese pizza yearns for a quick dip in a pool of that ranchy (not to be confused with raunchy) goodness

Here you go. I bring you a ridiculously health-ified version, that won’t actually haunt your arteries for years to come.

All you have to do is:


Chop the fresh herbs & crush the dried herbs.

Put it all together.

Give it whirl.

And enjoy with…everything.


Kefir Ranch Dressing {with fresh dill}

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Makes about 1 cup

1 cup kefir (made with skim milk)
1 Tbsp light sour cream
½ tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley
½ tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tsp fresh dill weed, chopped

*to make a thicker dressing to use as a dip as well, use only ¾ cup kefir and add about a ¼ cup plain greek yogurt.

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk for about 30 seconds, or place in a medium-sized canning jar with lid and shake until it is mixed well.

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14 Responses to “Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing {with fresh dill}”

  1. I do know that most creamy dressings are the real diet killer when you are trying to diet by way of eating salads. This always leaves me standing at the salad bar, looking for the dressing that is a lesser of all the evils.
    Great to come by and find a healthier cream dressing, it looks delicious. Thanks Chrissy!

  2. Does it taste anything like Hidden Valley, though? I must admit to being addicted to that stuff – at least I make it homemade (much better than bottled). Since I AM into healthy, I’ll give it a try.

  3. I love homemade ranch – a lot less waxy than the bottled! Great with low-fat buttermilk as well.

  4. Looks delicious Chrissy! Love all your ingredients ….. especially ….. dill weed. So good!

    Rarely do I ever buy bottled salad dressings. Last month at Treasure Island I was tempted to buy Fig dressing. It looked yummy ….. but, @ 7.50 noway. I thought this would taste delicious on pasta. Ohwell. I can figure it out.

    ALL store-bought dressings are loaded with horrible sodium. So-so much. Very awful for all of us. Also, they taste icky …. fake flavors. Just not good.

    I have been making salad dressing for years. Love my garlic (sweet) beet dressing. So easy. You can make a ton for a few bucks. Kids like it because w/the beets (just a few) you’ll have pink salad dressing!!!

    These days …. low fat sour creams, mayo, kefirs and soy products can do wonders for a lovely fresh salad. There are so many choices and ways to prep. Not necessary to buy bottled stuff again. Ever.

  5. Chrissy

    I do love the buttermilk version of homemade ranch, too! The great thing about kefir, and my thoughts for the substitute, is that they taste similar. I think kefir is just a bit more runny than buttermilk.

  6. Chrissy

    Better than hidden valley. If you are a little hesitant on the kefir, use low-fat butter milk, first. Then switch over. Or use half kefir, half buttermilk. The herb flavors are spot on, and much more flavorful than the ones buried in those store-bought bottles. :)

  7. Another kefir recipe! It is officially on my Trader Joe’s shopping list for this weekend…

  8. Chrissy

    Great! haha yes, when you make homemade kefir, you have to be creative with how to use it! But I am so curious if you use the flavored kefir in pancakes or something like you were mentioning.

  9. Chrissy

    Thanks, Marcee! I totally agree with you on your salad dressing point-of-view. The only dressings we buy are those from Trader Joe’s, with far less sodium and preservatives than those nasty Kraft or Wishbone ones at the regular grocery store. But like you said, it is just so much better and so much easier to make your own dressing. On my salads, I mostly go for the herbs de provence, crushed red pepper, rosemary, in olive oil, balsamic, and a little whole grain mustard! I love it.

    Thanks for your comment!

  10. I am addicted to the litehouse brand kefir yogurt ranch dressing, but now I am going to try your recipe and see how it compares. It sounds delicious. I will be using homemade kefir and homemade greek yogurt. Thank you.

  11. Chrissy

    Let us know how it compares! Homemade kefir is awesome, but I have since killed my kefir grains, so I need to talk my friend into lending me more… oops.

    I have been on a homemade Greek yogurt kick, lately and LOVE it! I buy organic nonfat milk and organic nonfat dry milk to make my yogurt and I feel so much better about eating it everyday!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  12. Mmmm, we made this tonight and it was so delicious! It was a bit too runny, so next time I’ll try it with the greek yogurt as you suggested, or maybe I’ll try to strain the kefir a bit. Thanks!

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