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Creamy Buttermilk Salad Dressing

This thick creamy mixture has the flavor of ranch dressing and is a breeze to blend together. Use it to top mixed greens or as a dip for raw vegetables. —Vickie Floden of Story City, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-3/4 cups


  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups Daisy 2% cottage cheese
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • Salad greens and vegetables of your choice


  • In a blender, combine the buttermilk, cottage cheese and salad dressing mix; cover and process for 20 seconds or until smooth.
  • Pour into a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before serving with salad.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons (calculated without greens and vegetables): 23 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 fat-free milk.

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  • tamatha67
    Oct 25, 2015

    I am a ranch dressing snob and there is no way to make it lower in calories and keep it good....until I found this recipe! Delicious and so easy to make!

  • MarineMom_texas
    Jun 17, 2015

    I prepared this tonight and although it was nice and creamy, it was a little bland. It does make quite a lot of dressing. The next time I make it, I will either add two packages of Ranch dressing mix or halve the recipe using the whole package of dressing mix. Volunteer Field Editor.

  • Razmataz995
    Feb 19, 2014

    Really? What's the point of homemade if you are adding a package of ranch salad dressing mix? I was hoping for a recipe where I could avoid the MSG that is in store-bought Ranch.

  • kleescraga
    Jul 4, 2013

    We have a salad with dinner most nights so I am always looking for new dressings. This one was GREAT + fast + easy. It also makes a wonderful chip dip. Next time though, I will cut the recipe in half because it made too much for two of us to eat prior to spoiling. Definitely a keeper recipe.

  • aho
    Jun 30, 2013

    While I love the idea of cottage cheese I am not a fan. I swapped the cottage cheese for greek plain yogurt. I swapped the pre-measured dry ingredients for fresh. I used chives,dill basil and thyme. Kind of a riff on ranch. I love this idea thanks for making me think how I could make it to my taste. So easy and fun to make---Taste of home volunteer

  • janma
    May 10, 2013

    Thanks for this recipie. I have been making ranch with light sour cream. Sometimes I don't have the sour cream but we usually have cottage cheese. I had never thought of this substitution. Sometimes I add 2 or 3 tablespoons of Best Foods mayonaise for special ocasions.

  • CABMamasan
    Nov 29, 2011

    2 tbsp of this = 23 calories, compared to 140 in Hidden Valley ranch... can't beat it!

  • mstacey74
    Jan 26, 2011

    Delicious ! My whole family loved it! Very easy to make !