March 4, 2011

Salt-Free Ranch Revealed


Now I know how my parents felt when my brother and I begged for a puppy. After weeks of being told “no” and that “just because” is a perfectly acceptable answer, they finally caved in. And Snickers, our cocker spaniel that eventually went blind and deaf but was a cuddle bug all the same, was eventually welcomed to the family.

Arm, twisted.

So after weeks of receiving wonderful emails from you all, requesting the ingredients for the secret low sodium ranch dressing – that I was going to save for the book – I just couldn’t resist any longer. I mean, in my (almost) two years of blogging, I have never had such an outpouring of interest in a single recipe. And because I appreciate your readership and, more importantly, your gung-ho attitude in taking on a low sodium diet, I decided to finally pull back the proverbial curtain and reveal this tangy treat.

But here’s the catch: it is still going in the cookbook. So consider yourselves recipe testers. I want feedback, people. Real, thoughtful, hard hitting feedback. Do remember that, as with many low sodium creations, we are going for proximity, not “Dolly the Sheep” replicas. But thoughts on taste, texture, and pairings are very welcome.

With that, I won’t waste anymore of your precious time. Please enjoy this ever evolving version of low sodium ranch dressing. Just because.

Chow on.


1 1/2 cups (two 60z containers) of Greek yogurt (use brands that are 60 mg or less per container)

2 teaspoons dried dill (or fresh dill if you have it!)

1/4 teaspoon dried orange peel or fresh orange zest

1/4 teaspoon salt-free garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt-free onion powder

1/4 teaspoon salt-fre onion flakes

1/4 teaspoon salt-free mustard powder



1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Snap. That was easy.

2. Spoon the dressing over a salad or into a small serving bowl for dipping pleasure. Enjoy.


Emily March 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Costco sells Fage 0% Greek yogurt and I’m always looking for ways to plow through my BIG tub – can’t wait to give this ranch dip a try! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

lizthechef March 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

This looks terrific – all I need is fresh dill from the neighborhood farmers market this afternoon. Thank you!

Tracy and Katie March 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

oooo, I am definitely going to make this! I love ranch on salads.

Thanks for the recipe!

-Katie =)

Dave B March 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I can’t wait to buy the book! When does it come out? Thank you for sharing this recipe. I won’t have to feel guilty the next time I sneak a little ranch. I’m going to try it this week!

Jessica March 3, 2013 at 6:23 am

how many sodium milli’s are in the whole recipe?

Jamie June 5, 2013 at 8:36 pm

My husband just got told to lower his sodium because of a kidney disorder so we have been looking for lower sodium versions of foods we already eat. Ranch was a conundrum until now! How long does this last in the fridge?

Joyce August 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

Just wondering if there is anything I can substitute for the yogurt..I have been put on a low sodium/low protien diet due to Kidney Disease. Your website has been a godsend to me. I really don’t like cooking so I have been looking for easy, good tasting stuff that I can make.

Thank you so much for all the information

jessg23 August 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hmm…well you can use silken tofu – just puree it and mix with the herbs and spices! But for something really low in protein, steam cauliflower and then puree that! Healthy and low-sodium, low-protein.

glora August 31, 2013 at 1:29 pm


glora August 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I am going to enjoy this website.

Tammy Fisher January 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

Trying low fat and low sodium

lou ann January 18, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Too much lemon juice the way i made it. Would be better to figure out in tsp.

wyo cowgirl January 19, 2014 at 6:46 am

Mine had too much lemon flavor. I would suggest listing the amount of lemon zest & lemon juice in teaspoon measurements. I have a cup & 1/2 of inedible green

jessg23 January 24, 2014 at 10:41 am

I have readjusted the values!

Mary Jo Kelly January 20, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I have chronic kidney failure stage 3 and CHF so low sodium foods that taste good has been my quest. I am excited to try the ranch spices without the yogurt on some pork chops. I live with my daughter and her fiancé so always looking for adaptations. We saw a commercial for Hidden Valley Ranch Mix used as a coating on pork chops and then lightly fried. I’m going to give these seasonings a try on my pork chop while they use the Hidden Valley. I’m hoping to eventually win them over to lighten their sodium too. I’ll let you know how it works.

Debby Couture October 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Do you think this will taste just as good without the mustard powder? I am allergic to Mustard and would like to try it.

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