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Enhance Salads: 5 BEST Substitutes for Ranch Dressing

Have you ever been curious about Ranch Dressing and its uses?

This creamy condiment is a favorite in many households around the world, but there are some plant-based alternatives that could be the perfect substitute.

From its texture to its flavor, Ranch Dressing has become an increasingly popular condiment used to elevate a variety of dishes; think salads, snacks, sandwiches and more.

It has a mild and herbaceous taste that pairs perfectly with a range of ingredients.

Whether you’re looking for ways to use it or for some delicious substitutes, we’ve got everything you need to know about this beloved condiment.

The 5 Best Substitutes for Ranch Dressing

Many people swear by the classic flavor of Ranch dressing, but it isn’t always the healthiest condiment out there.

If you’re looking for a healthier option or just a good balance of flavors, you may want to consider trying one of these five substitutes for Ranch dressing:

1 – Yogurt-Based Dressing

yogurtbased dressing

Yogurt-based dressings are a light and healthy substitute for ranch dressing as they still have a creamy texture but contain fewer calories and saturated fat.

They are based on plain Greek yogurt combined with ingredients such as olive oil, garlic, chives, and herbs of your choice.

Depending on the ingredients you add in, you can use this substitute for any type of recipe.

An example of a yogurt-based dressing recipe is to combine Greek yogurt with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper for an easy dressing that’s low in calories and fat.

This dressing is perfect for topping salads or using as a dip for vegetables.

2 – Hummus


Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip or spread which is made from ground chickpeas, tahini (sesame seed paste), garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.

It has a creamy texture which is great for dipping veggies in, yet provides an awesome alternative to traditional ranch dressing.

Adding a little more garlic or lemon juice can give it an extra kick.

Hummus also contains protein, fiber, vitamin B6 and iron making it a nutritional powerhouse.

To make this hummus ranch substitute even healthier, use Greek yogurt in place of tahini and garlic powder instead of fresh cloves.

3 – Avocado Ranch Dressing

avocado ranch dressing

Avocado ranch dressing is an excellent gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb alternative to classic ranch.

While avocados are high in fat, it’s the good kind of fat.

Avocado ranch is super easy to make: just blend together one avocado, 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt or non-dairy alternative like vegan mayo, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or vinegar, 1 garlic clove plus a pinch of sea salt and black pepper until smooth and creamy.

You can adjust the seasonings as needed for extra flavor or creamy texture.

For a lighter version of avocado ranch dressing, try omitting the garlic and using Greek yogurt instead of plain nonfat yogurt.

Serve this delicious dressing with veggies, tacos, sandwiches – the options are endless.

4 – Caesar Dressing

caesar dressing

Caesar dressing, though not as tangy as ranch dressing, is quite similar in texture and in its ability to accompany sandwiches and salads that would otherwise need a dipping sauce or condiment.

Its classic flavor comes from anchovies and Worcestershire sauce, but it can also be made without either of these ingredients.

Caesar dressing is believed to be named after its so-called inventor, Caesar Cardini, who made the original version with olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, egg yolk, garlic salt, pepper and both Parmesan cheese and Romano cheese for extra sharp flavor.

While many ready-made versions are available in stores that are stocked with mayo-based dressings, making your own lets you adjust the amount of tanginess to match your personal taste preference.

Furthermore if you need a vegan version for yourself or guests that refrain from animal products then homemade Caesar dressing serves perfectly for this purpose.

5 – Vinaigrette


A classic vinaigrette dressing can be a great alternative to ranch dressing if you’re looking for a lighter option.

To make it, simply mix together ½ cup of your favorite vinegar (white wine, apple cider, or balsamic are all popular options) and ½ cup of olive oil.

Add some salt and pepper to taste and you have an easy and delicious dressing that goes with just about any salad.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some fresh herbs like basil or parsley for more flavour.

substitutes for ranch dressing

The 5 Best Substitutes for Ranch Dressing

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Substitutes


  • Yogurt-Based Dressing
  • Hummus
  • Avocado Ranch Dressing
  • Caesar Dressing
  • Vinaigrette


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  • Use the proper substitute to cook your recipes.
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