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Homemade Ranch Kefir Salad Dressing

by Heather

The homemade ranch kefir salad dressing our family is obsessed with!  It is not only delicious but also packed with good-for-you ingredients.  A longtime favorite in our house, for both kid and adult dipping! It mixes up in minutes, making it the perfect kefir ranch dip to enjoy week after week.

Homemade Kefir Ranch Dressing

What is kefir?

Are you familiar with kefir?

For the longest time, I had not tried or tasted it.  I figured it was a variation on yogurt and was made similarly.

Once I tasted kefir and saw the buttermilk-like consistency, I would then describe it as “yogurt milk” to my kids- because to me it really just tasted like runnier yogurt.

Well, it turns out kefir is made very differently than yogurt!

Instead of heating and adding cultures like you do with yogurt, you simply add the kefir grains (which are not really grains) into milk and allow the probiotics to do their fermenting thing for 24 hours.  Pretty simple!

I have yet to try making my own kefir at home, but yogurt has been mastered!

If you want to attempt making homemade yogurt in a crockpot, I do have that how-to for ya!

How to make homemade crockpot yogurt

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Homemade Ranch Kefir Salad Dressing

Now onto this amazing homemade ranch kefir salad dressing!

The main stars in this delicious dip are the avocado oil mayo (you can really use any mayo), kefir, and tons of herbs.

It’s a little bit tangy from the kefir, super creamy from the mayonnaise, and perfect for those taste buds given all the herbs.

My kids LOVE it.

I LOVE it.

My husband LOVES it.

HAPPY family with every dip!

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Can you double the recipe?

We can down a whole batch with a meal, so definitely double the recipe if you are making it for a lot of people like we do in our house.

I keep the dressing for up to 1 week, but usually, it’s gone within just a few days!

I hope this kefir ranch dressing becomes a standard in your house as well!

Your gut gets the good for your probiotics with every dip thanks to the kefir!

Ready to try it?  Let’s take our veggie dipping up another notch!

Kefir ranch dressing

Ingredients in homemade ranch kefir salad dressing

You can individually grab the seasonings, or use my bulk ranch seasoning mix instead!

How to make kefir ranch dressing

  1. Combine the mayo, kefir, olive oil and ranch seasoning in a bowl. Whisk and enjoy with veggies, on salads, or to dip your favorite food items in!

If you want to see how easy it is to make kefir ranch, want my how-to video below!

Substitutions for this kefir salad dressing recipe

Below you’ll find a list of substitutions that will work well in this kefir salad dressing recipe. 

If you try something different out, please leave a comment below letting us all know how it turned out!

Avocado oil mayonnaise – Regular mayo works as a substitute, as would a vegan mayo!

Plain whole milk kefir – I’ve used plain yogurt in a pinch when I’ve run out of kefir. It works! However, it’s a bit thicker which works great as a dip. Thin out with a little bit of water to make it more dressing-like.

Extra virgin olive oil – Olive oil or avocado oil work!

Dried herbs – The combination of dried chives, parsley, and dill will give your kefir salad dressing the classic ranch flavor. If you’re out of one of them, simply increase the other’s a bit more to still give that herby flavor.

Garlic granules – Try onion powder as a substitute.

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Homemade Ranch Kefir Salad Dressing

The homemade ranch kefir salad dressing our family is obsessed with!  It is not only delicious but also packed with good-for-you ingredients  A longtime favorite in our house, for both kid and adult dipping! It mixes up in minutes, making it the perfect kefir ranch dip to enjoy week after week.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, dressing, sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 117kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine the mayo, kefir, olive oil and ranch seasoning in a bowl. Whisk and enjoy with veggies, on salads, or to dip your favorite food items in!

Notes

Instead of using measuring the ingredients separately, try making the bulk ranch seasoning mix and using 2 tbsp of that instead of the individual amounts!
Did you make this recipe?Be sure to tag me @fitmamarealfood or tag #fitmamarealfood!

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 166mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Kefir Salad Dressing

If you try this homemade ranch kefir salad dressing recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

Originally published in February 2018. Updated April 2022.

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Jessica July 11, 2020 - 11:27 am

5 stars
This is so delicious! We can’t get ranch in the UK, so I’m always on the lookout for a good recipe.

I made it tonight and my hubby and I gobbled it up. I added 2tsp of raw apple cider vinegar because I used coconut kefir and it has less of a tang than milk kefir.

We dipped our homemade buffalo cauliflower pieces and sweet potato fries in it. Very easy and would totally make it again, thanks!

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Heather July 12, 2020 - 6:47 am

Thanks for coming here and letting me know how much you guys love it! Always love hearing how swaps turn out too. Yay for yummy ranch!

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