Creamy Ranch Dip

creamy ranch dip

Guys! Have I told you about my 4-year old’s super sneaky hiding skills?! He is the MASTER of hide and seek. If there was a hide and seek competition somewhere, I would enroll him. He’s scary good! There has actually been a few times where Etienne and I CANNOT FIND HIM! I start panicking a little, thinking maybe he left the house!? He is so small and squirrely, and shoves himself into the tiniest, most obscure places, staying dead quiet!

Yesterday we looked for him for about 15 minutes before he finally started giggling and made himself known! Sometimes during our hide and seek sessions I’ve had to bribe him to come out, usually with something sweet. Although Oscar is a huge fan of sweet treats, I will say he’s also a huge fan of raw veggies. It’s kind of awesome!

I give Oscar cucumber, peppers and carrots pretty much every day. He is that kid who chooses to eat the veggies first on his plate, before the grilled cheese or chicken nuggets. I’m not complaining!

He is also just starting to understand the glory of ranch dip. I am not a big fan of most store-bought dressings and dips, so I’ve been making my own the past few years. I am also not the biggest fan of mayo, and unfortunately most dip recipes do seem to contain mayo. It’s taken me a few different trials, but I’ve come up with the BEST ranch dip.

It’s the perfect combination of some herbs and spices that you probably have in your pantry, plus some fresh parsley (you can also use dried), lemon juice, sour cream, and Greek yogurt! No mayo! Yay!

It takes about 5 minutes to make this dip – my kind of dip! If you eat it as fast as we do, it will only last a few days…but theoretically, it will keep in the fridge for quite a while, especially if you’re using ingredients that don’t expire for a while!

A few notes – if you read this week’s post about my winter blues smoothie you’ll already know that I’m a huge fan of full-fat dairy. I highly encourage you to try full-fat dairy for this recipe, too! It makes SUCH a thick, creamy dip. So good!!

If you’re wanting to turn this into a dressing for salads, all you need is a little buttermilk to thin things out a bit. The buttermilk adds the right amount of tang that we’ve all come to love from a ranch dressing!

creamy ranch dip

creamy ranch dip

Serve up some fresh veggies this weekend with a side of this easy dip – you might be surprised how many vegetables your family eats!

Stay warm!

PS – be sure to pin this dip for later!

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Creamy Ranch Dip


  • Author: Katherine
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x

Description

You’ll never buy dip from the store again once you make this easy, homemade, mayo-free version! Give it a try and you might just be shocked to see how many veggies get eaten with this dip around!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup full-fat sour cream*
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, to thin (optional)*

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, heavy cream and lemon juice. Add the remaining ingredients, except the buttermilk (see notes). Serve immediately! 

Leftovers will keep in the fridge, in an airtight container for 5-7 days


Notes

  1. I use 14% sour cream. You could definitely use 5%, but I wouldn’t use fat free. It will be way too watery!
  2. Leave the buttermilk out unless you plan on using the dip as a dressing. 
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31 Comments

  1. Homemade ranch is pretty much my favorite sauce in the world! Loving the sound of this dip!! I think that all raw veggies must have a delicious creamy dip to accompany them and this one fits the bill!

  2. Awww Oscar’s a kid after my own heart. My parents never had trouble getting me to eat my veggies. It was everything else on the plate I was skeptical of :). As much as I love vegetables, I love them even more when I have something yummy to dip them in and this ranch sounds awesome! So easy–perfect for a last-minute March Madness get-together!

  3. I don’t have a problem with mayo at all, and do like the zing that it brings. But this looks like a fabulous recipe!!! No store-bought dressings in my house!

  4. If Oscar gives this ranch dip the thumbs up, it’s gotta be good Katherine! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  5. I never knew what exactly was in Ranch Dressing, but now I know! I love this homemade version so much better than the packaged stuff with all the preservatives, etc!

  6. So great that Oscar loves his veggies! This dip looks so creamy and delicious. My daughter won’t go anywhere near mayo – she’ll love this!

  7. Oh lucky you ! My son tries to avoid vegetables and uses various tricks but it’s me on the other side hahahahaha ! Thank you dear !

  8. Your kiddos are adorable!! And eating veggies first? How lucky are you?! Hopefully that will continue! Love ranch and yours looks so delicious, especially with all those fresh herbs. I’d dip away until all of that was gone. Just in time for the weekend 🙂 Have a good one! XO

  9. That’s so funny about your son’s hiding skills! I remember once trying to find one of our sons and panicking when we couldn’t (he somehow got in the garage without us hearing!). 🙂 You know I love my homemade dressing and this looks so fresh and creamy! I would want this on this on everything!

  10. How funny that your little guy is so good at hiding! And wonderful that he loves veggies – I do too! Especially with this creamy, dreamy homemade ranch dip!

  11. This looks so creamy and delicious Katherine! Unfortunately, I can’t eat a lot of dairy, but my husband loves ranch dip. And this homemade dip would be so much better for him over the store-bought versions. I’ll definitely have to make this for him soon. Or at least show him the recipe so he can make it for himself! 😉 Happy weekend friend!

  12. One of my nephews lived with us briefly when he was 4 years old. We woke up one morning to find that he was missing. There were 5 of us looking for him all over the house and calling his name. We finally found him hiding under the bed. He had wet it and hid because he thought he was going to get in trouble. I get how you must have felt. I love the dip! It looks creamy and delicious! 🙂

  13. My kids will never be eating most of the veggies if it wasn’t for ranch dip:) Though it is so convenient to squeeze some from a bottle, I love that you attempted to make your own. So much better and honestly, I have no idea what goes into that bottle.

  14. It is really a perfect combination of veggies and perfect way to serve the vegetable to kids.

    It is a mixture of healthy and tasty food.

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