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Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing (Low Sodium Option)

Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing with Low Sodium Option

I found some lovely ripe avocados at the store today and it just occurred to me that avocado would be delicious in a Ranch Salad Dressing. Maybe I live in a hole, but why haven’t I ever seen that before?

Before today, that is. Because here it is! Tada! Super quick, super healthy, super delicious, and if you have someone who is watching their sodium, then just leave out the salt! It’s still fantabulous.

Lowfat Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing with Low Sodium Option

Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing with Low Sodium Option

To reduce sodium: If you leave out the salt altogether, this salad dressing has 75 mg of sodium per 2 Tablespoons; with 1/4 teaspoon of salt, this dressing has 149 mg sodium. I did a quick check and store-brand ranch dressings have sodium content ranging from 200 to 500 mg in 2 Tablespoons of dressing.

Makes about 1 cup of dressing (8 servings/2 Tablespoons per serving)

  • 1/3 c. light mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c. 1% milk
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • About 1/2 a handful of fresh basil leaves
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Several fresh parsley leaves or ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • A few fresh dill twigs or ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Several chives
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • A sprig of fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 green onions (tops only)
  • 1/4 of a ripe avocado (you could probably even add more avocado if you want …)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (Leave out the salt altogether if you want less sodium … I made sure to taste it before I added salt, and it was delicious.)
  • 1/3 c. nonfat greek yogurt

Whir all the ingredients except the yogurt in a handy chopper or food processor until smooth. Stir in the yogurt. Adjust seasonings to taste. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge.

Lowfat Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing with Low Sodium Option

This recipe was shared at Newlyweds Recipe Linky and Full Plate Thursdays.

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21 Responses

  1. I was JUST looking for ranch dressing recipes for a meal I’m making tomorrow. Think I found my dressing! <3

    April 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    • Ann

      That is too funny! I’m so glad I could help 🙂

      April 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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  3. LOVE this, Ann! Many thanks! I know there is such a thing as ‘Paul Newman Avocado Ranch Dressing’ (pretty darned good for bottled dressing), but they don’t carry it around here and I’d much rather make my own anyway! This soundsscrumptious:)

    April 11, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    • Ann

      Actually I never go down the salad dressing aisle at the store anymore because I always make my own–and I don’t watch TV either, so I wouldn’t have a clue that Paul Newman ever made such a thing. (See I do live under a rock!)

      April 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

  4. I have to try this. I do a salad for dinner at least once a week, and I am thinking this would be great on a slad with some grilled, sliced flank steak.

    April 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    • Ann

      Oh yes, I bet it would! Thank you Brianne.

      April 12, 2012 at 6:34 am

  5. I will have to try this, looks delicious, and I may use yogurt for the whole thing and leave out the mayo. Thanks for sharing.

    April 12, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    • Ann

      Let me know how it tastes with yogurt in place of the mayo! I would love to know 🙂

      April 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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  8. Avocado’s are on sale this week end and I bought several, this will be a perfect place for them. Yum! Hope you are having a great spring week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    April 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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  12. mimidholtz

    Always happy to see new ways that folks are including avocados in their meals! We love ranch dressing here too….haven’t mixed them together though! Thanks for the idea!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

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