Mar 31, 2011

Skinny Cucumber Ranch Dressing



A low fat ranch dressing will leave you feeling cool as a cucumber! Light and refreshing, perfect on a simple wedge of lettuce, with tomatoes and cucumbers.

This ranch dressing was lightened up with Greek yogurt, low fat buttermilk and light mayonnaise along with cucumbers, Spring chives, parsley and a hint of lemon. If you don't like mayonnaise you could replace it with more buttermilk and yogurt.




Skinny Cucumber Ranch Dressing
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 7 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 43.4 • Fat: 2.4 g • Protein: 2.1 g • Carb: 3.6 g • Fiber: 0.3 g  
 
  • 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeds removed
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup chives or scallions
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Makes 1-3/4 cup.

47 comments :

  1. Just what I've been looking for! Thanks

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  2. could I substite the buttermilk with lowfat milk and vinegar? I just don't buy buttermilk because it always goes to waste before I can use it all.

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    1. You can buy powdered buttermilk...

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    2. I do not know if vinegar and lowfat milk will work. However, my grandmother taught me to just throw buttermilk in the freezer until you need it. It works well for me!

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    3. You can freeze buttermilk in pre-measured quantities and freeze it until needed, too. I saw on Pinterest someone using ice cube trays.

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    4. Let the low fat milk & vinegar sit for about 10 min. I use this as a substitute for buttermilk all the time. I use skim milk and a little more than a T of vinegar per cup of milk.

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  3. I don't usually comment on your pictures, but that one is really amazing. You are talented in so many ways!

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  4. Sounds fantastic! I can't wait to try!

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  5. I really need to start making some salad dressings, maybe I would eat more salads! This looks amazing!

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  6. Definitely making this.

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  7. I'm making this for sure...... thanks for sharing. Nice picture.

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  8. OMG, that pic is amazing. Gina how do u do it all, and do it so well! The pics, the recipes, the points, I'm in awe!
    Your friend Julia

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  9. This sounds so fresh and light. Perfect for the coming summer heat.

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  10. Hi Shannie Michelle, I have a tip for you for your buttermilk, after using the amount called for in the recipe just freeze the rest in 1/2 cup portions and the voila buttermilk for your next recipe and no more buttermilk to pour down the drain

    Hope this helps
    Rachel

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  11. looks great, I miss real ranch. Can this be stored for any length of time in the fridge?

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  12. How long can this hold up in the frige?

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  13. This looks incredible! Can't wait to try it.

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  14. Great tip with the buttermilk, thanks for sharing! This would store for about 3 days. You can easily make half instead if you are eating for one.

    And thanks about the photo, I actually had a hard time with this one (the photo) and almost didn't post it because the sun was fading!!

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  15. Yum! How do you remove the seeds of a cucumber though... just cut out the center?

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  16. I made this yesterday. My 16 yr old and I really enjoyed it! Thanks

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  17. I keep a can of "powdered buttermilk" in refrig and use it all the time.. works great!
    aso.. can ff sour cream be substituted for yogurt?? and I too would like to know how long it will stay fresh? thanx

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  18. To scoop out the seeds, cut it in half lengthwise then scoop out the seeds.

    Sour cream would work in place of yogurt, this would last about 3 days in the refrigerator. You can make half if you don't think you'll use it all.

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  19. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it, thanks for the awesome ideas as always!

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  20. I just made this and it is awesome!! Thank you so much

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  21. really tasty! i make almost all my own salad dressings but my repertoire is lacking in creamy dressings like this. I wanted to to make something to mix with some broccoli slaw for a quick side dish and this was perfect. I upped the salt a tad and next time I might add some hot sauce to make it a little feisty.

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  22. This looks SO good, Gina! I'm going to make it as a dip for veggies so that I'll eat more of them.

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  23. I just made your Basil Green Goddess dressing and it is fabulous! I have all of the ingredients to make this one next...thank you so much for helping us eat more veggies! BTW I am making your Coconut Chicken Salad for dinner tonight...can't wait! :)

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  24. Just made this...unbelievably good!!! I would go a bit lighter on the scallions next time because they are a strong flavor but otherwise this is delicious!!! Thank you Gina!!

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  25. This is now my New Favorite Dressing. I sooo Love it!! The only thing is that mine was Not this green. Can you tell me why.. what should have I done?

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  26. This would make an awesome light snack or side dish. I like to chill my cucumbers beforehand to get them extra crunchy.

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  27. Yum times a bunch! One point for a 1/4 cup of dressing? Unheard of. Thank you AGAIN, Miss Gina.

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  28. Love it Love it Love It!

    I used more greek yogurt for more of a dipping consistency. My carrots are superiorly well dressed!

    Love this site!

    Thanks for all these great recipes.

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  29. Awesome dressing!!! Super light, cool and refreshing. I was thinking garlic AND garlic powder?? but it's not overpowering at all. I have a major food aversion to mayo, never used it and never will I have honestly never even touched it so I used moer buttermilk and greek yogurt. Mine came out more watery than the picture but I love it still. Thanks!!

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  30. Made this today and love it! It's so light and crisp. It tastes like summer to me! I love that your dressings are so light that a serving is a 1/4 cup. That's huge, love it! I don't know that I'm ever going to buy bottled again.

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  31. This dressing is great! I actually liked this one more than the cilantro lime dressing. Thanks for another wonderful recipe :)

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  32. I made this today with vinegar and milk instead of buttermilk. It's awesome! It doesn't even taste low fat.

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  33. Just wondering, how much vinegar and how much milk? Never tried this before.

    thanks

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  34. For a 1/4 of a cup of milk, put maybe 1-2 tsp of vinegar or lemon to make buttermilk. Let it sit for a few minutes until it thickens. I like lots of vinegar and like to watch it curdle to buttermilk!

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  35. What type of light mayo do you use? I have light mayo in my fridge but it is 5 grams of fat for 1 tablespoon. Does this sound like yours? I just want to make sure that I don't increase the number of points!

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  36. This looks amazing I will be making it soon. We are overflowing with cucumbers right now! Have you tried this with fresh dill?

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  37. This would be great with dill too!!

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  38. this is SO YUMMY. very light and refreshing, I can't wait for my salad for lunch tomorrow!

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  39. This is wonderful! Light and fresh and flavorful!!!! I did not have parsley so I used cilantro! YUMMO!

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  40. What can I add to this instead of Mayo?

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  41. mine came out runny and not green... hmm

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  42. How much sodium is in a serving?

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