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Ranch Dip Recipe

Ranch Dip Recipe

Healthy Ranch Dip

This homemade ranch dip recipe is ready in 5 minutes and is perfect for all sorts of occasions. When there is a big game is on, or you are having a BBQ get-together, there is nothing better than some delicious Buffalo hot wings, some peeled raw vegetables with a healthy dip or two to keep you going.

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Ranch Dip Recipe

This ranch dip is a creamy tasty dip that works very well for dipping almost anything. It is quite moreish. The more you have, the more you want, so make sure you make enough of it!

If you are worried about the amount of fat in this recipe, you can always use low-fat  (or ‘light’) sour cream and cream cheese.   

Origins of Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing or dip is a brilliant American invention and was created in the early 1950’s by a plumber, Steve Hanson. He and his wife opened the Hidden Valley Ranch in California in 1954, which later led to the Hidden Valley Ranch brand, from which the ‘Ranch’ name originated.

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There are many types and flavours of Ranch salad dressing out there marketed by the Hidden Valley Ranch brand. They now have a different owner. They also make spice mixes to make your own dips.

This homemade ranch dip does not use their products. In fact, it uses basic ingredients you should already have in your pantry. It is a fairly basic dip recipe and is based on the main ingredients of sour cream and cream cheese. This is why it is so creamy and delicious.

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It also contains fresh ingredients so it has likely fewer preservatives than the store-bought versions.

Difference between ranch dressing and dip?

Really the only main difference between ranch dressing and dip is the consistency. For the mix to be a salad dressing it should be pourable so that you can pour it over the salad. The dip needs to be thicker so that it sticks to whatever you are dipping in it. 

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If you want to turn the dip into a salad dressing, you can just dilute it with some buttermilk, until you get the consistency you want. Buttermilk would have been one of the original ingredients of the original recipe.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe and would love if you could let me know how you get on, in the comments section below!

How to make Ranch Dip

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ranch dip recipe

Ranch Dip Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This creamy ranch dip recipe is perfect as a delicious dip for your BBQ, chicken wings, raw veggies or tortilla chips. Easy to make with simple ingredients.


  • 100ml sour cream
  • 100ml cream cheese (Like Philadelphia)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules


  • Buttermilk (if you want to make a dressing)


  1. Finely chop the chives and parsley.
  2. Then mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of paprika to finish.


Serve as a dip for Doritos, chicken wings, raw vegetables or as an appetizer on some crackers.

If you wish to make a salad dressing then thin it out with some buttermilk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 304mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 5g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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