No-Guilt Zesty Ranch Dip Recipe -
No-Guilt Zesty Ranch Dip Recipe

No-Guilt Zesty Ranch Dip

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"This is a dip recipe I came up with to eat with raw veggies during my weight loss journey. Not only do I love it, but so do my family and friends. I keep copies of the recipe printed out for those who request it. This also makes a great dip for homemade jo-jo's or baked potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the yogurt, mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions, and bacon bits in a mixing bowl. Season with parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, horseradish, basil, thyme, pepper, paprika, chili powder, sea salt, and dill. Mix until evenly blended. Cover, and chill several hours to allow the flavors to meld.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 26, 2009

I've used this over and over as a dressing for both pasta and potato salads. You can also use this for your own unique tossed green, just wisk in some fat free milk or low fat buttermilk until it's the consistancy that you're looking for. Keep in mind, the longer it sits, the better it is. I use this dip/dressing on just about everything now. Egg white omelettes. Mexican meals. In egg/tuna/chicken salad sandwiches. My family just can't get enough of it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 22, 2009

i made this week. followed recipe to a T. I did not care for this recipe -sorry

Jun 05, 2009

KEEPER! I must admit that I made it without the low-fat mayo and sour cream but with the non-fat Greek-style yogurt, and I also left out the bacon bits (preference). Don't even think about leaving out the horseradish (I love the Inglehoffer brand)! I had to make it in the 10 minutes I had this afternoon, and it was ready tonight with full flavor. We started out dipping our carrots and broccoli in it--yum! Then we had it on our salads (mixed with a little Italian dressing). We are now thinking that it will be ever so yummy in something like gyros. And the mind keeps working on new ideas of how to use this new addition to our recipe box! Thanks, Tat2! PS: In reading my review, I wanted to make sure that you knew I used regular mayo and sour cream!

Jun 04, 2009

I love this recipe for so many reasons! I'm not a fan of ranch dressing, but this is light and refreshing, and the fact that's it's basically guilt free, it just made it taste even better. This is a real winner, especially for those of you who don't like "diet" dips or dressings. By the way, please use as a salad dressing too. Yummy!

Feb 17, 2010

This is GREAT, & only gets better. Good for up to a week in fridge. I've made this several times over the past 2 months. Of the herbs & spices, I use fresh if & when available (such as the garlic, dill, basil, etc.) I used New Mexican red chile powder, & 'hot' Hungarian paprika. The 2 cooked slices of real bacon were reduced to tiny particles in a mini-food processor. The sour cream & mayo were low fat (50% less fat). I have cut-up vegs available to dip in it & eat as much as I want; especially good are cucumber slices & red bell peppers. Also great with no- or low-fat 100% whole wheat crackers, like Kavli Norwegian crispbreads, German Wasa crispbreads, & Akmok crackers. Also used some of this ranch dip in AR's "Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs", with these changes: 1/3 c. of this NGZ Ranch + 1/3 c. buttermilk + double the rosemary + increased all other ingredients by 50% = excellent, & comparable in taste to the orig. chicken kabob recipe. I highly recommend this dip!

Aug 24, 2009

I put a bit of this dip in a small bowl to dip veggies in for lunch. After my veggies were gone I had just a tiny little bit of dip left. I licked the bowl. Seriously. I want to feel ashamed, but I don't because it was so good! I followed the recipe exactly, except used low fat(not fat free) sour cream and mayo, and cooked up some real bacon and crumbled it in. I think I will go refill my bowl now....and maybe just get a spoon!

Feb 08, 2010

I ended up modifying this recipe simply because I didn’t have low fat mayonnaise or sour cream on hand. I wanted to keep this recipe low cal, so I used reduced fat cream cheese that I had in the refrigerator .I used Greek yogurt instead of plain and omitted the bacon bits, simply to keep the calorie count down. After allowing the dip to set for several hours, I took a taste—heaven! The flavors of the herbs and spices are fantastic. As if I hadn’t made enough changes to this recipe already, I decided to make one more! Had an English cucumber on hand; diced up about 1 cup and added it. This doesn’t change the flavor, just adds volume and crunch. Due to using cream cheese, this turned out to be more of a spread.

Oct 13, 2009

i just made this in the afternoon and ive eaten half of it. its so yum! made as the recipe stated but decreased the horseradish since my son isnt a fan. TOO GOOD! **edited** ive been omitting the bacon bits in some batches of this and using it in place of ranch and sour cream in most any dish and you cant tell the difference. its good on salads too. man its just good.


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  • Calories
  • 23 kcal
  • 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 2 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 96 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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