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Keto Ranch Dressing – A Healthy Addition To Your Ketogenic Diet

by Jerald Dyson
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Keto Ranch dressing that is available commercially is usually not keto-friendly, as they contain added sugar. In addition, commercial ranch dressings also contain an ingredient called buttermilk that is loaded with carbohydrates. However, you can make your ranch dressing at home with keto-friendly ingredients.

Is Ranch Keto?

Generally, ranch dressing is considered keto-friendly; however, you need to have the right type of ingredients. Avoid ingredients that are ‘Low Fat’ or ‘Low Sodium’ as they usually contain carbohydrates. The ranch is a perfect dressing for salads and can only be used as a dipping sauce for other foods.

Some keto-friendly ranch dressing brands that are available in the market:

  • Ken’s Foods Ranch (20 grams of fat, one gram of net carbs)
  • Primal Kitchen Ranch (15 grams of fat, Two grams of net carbs, and natural ingredients)
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Ingredients For Home-Made Ranch Dressing

Below are the ingredients for Keto ranch dressing:

  •  Mayonnaise: Full fat, whole egg mayonnaise that contains no added sugar
  • Heavy Cream: A substitute for buttermilk, it is low in carbohydrates and gives the ranch dressing extra creaminess
  • White Vinegar: Adds tartness to the ranch dressing
  • Garlic: Add a clove of garlic to the dressing
  • Chives: Add fresh or dried chives to the dressing (fresh chives are recommended since they have an intense flavor)
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Instructions

In a whisking bowl, usually, a small one, add all the ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Next, transfer the mixture into a glass jar and shake it until the appearance of the mixture is fluffy and it has a smooth texture.

Tips For The Best Low-Carb Ranch Dressing Recipe

  • Adjust the salt and pepper to taste
  • If you plan on adding the dressing to a salty salad, decrease the spiciness.
  • To make a thinner ranch dressing, add warm water or heavy cream
  • For a spicy ranch dressing, add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper

Storing And Freezing The Keto Ranch Dressing

To Store The Dressing: 

The ranch dressing will stay fresh in the fridge. So take it out of the refrigerator after a week.

To Freeze: 

Add the remaining ranch dressing to a freezer-friendly container, and store it in the freezer for up to six months.

What To Serve With The Ranch Dressing?

The following are some food varieties that can be served with the dressing:

  • Pizza
  • Garlic Bread
  • French Fries
  • Zucchini Fries
  • Buffalo baked cauliflower fries

Nutrition

  • Serves: One Person
  • Calories: 49Kcal
  • Carbs: Two Grams
  • Protein: One Gram
  • Fat: Five Grams
  • Sodium: 289mg
  • Potassium: 15mg
  • Fiber: One Gram
  • Vitamin A: 145IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
  • Calcium: 7mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Net Carbs: One Gram

Bacon Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe

Below are ingredients for Bacon keto ranch dressing:

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  • Uncured Beef
  • Heavy Cream
  • Sour Cream
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dried Drill
  • Dried Parsley
  • Bacon Grease
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon Juice

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a food processing bowl, and mix. Then add the pulse and bacon a few times and mix but make sure the bacon is still chunky. 

Chipotle Ranch Dressing Recipe

Below are ingredients for Chipotle ranch dressing:

  • Sour Cream
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Heavy Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Ground Cumin
  • Lime Juice
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Garlic

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to a food processing bowl, and mix it until the ingredients are well combined. Continue the processing process until the dressing is smooth.

Keto Ranch Dressing Food Pairings

  • Keto Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
  • Low-Carb Rutabaga Fries
  • Keto Potatoes and Bacon
  • Deep Dish Pizza
  • Keto Pizza Sticks
  • Sausage Balls
  • Keto Fried Chicken
  • Keto Chicken Nuggets

Dressings That Are Not Keto-Friendly

Avoid dressings that are high in the following:

  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Sucrose
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltitol

Also, avoid dressings that contain oils such as canola oil, vegetable oil, and soya oil. Instead, add healthy oils to the dressings, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil. 

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Other Keto-Friendly Dressings

Keto Italian Vinaigrette

This keto dressing is a variant of a classic dressing and can be paired with several varieties of salads. The following ingredients are part of this keto ranch dressing:

  • One tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • One cup (240 ml) of Olive oil (light version)
  • Four tablespoons (60 ml) of red wine vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Next, take a container with a lid and put the mixture in it. Shake the container thoroughly, and let it rest for half an hour. Store the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Blue Cheese

Commercially available blue cheese dressings contain added sugar, artificial ingredients, and unhealthy additives. If you are unable to find a Keto-friendly blue cheese dressing, then make your own at home. Following are the list of ingredients for the blue cheese dressing:

  • Five ounces of blue cheese
  • ¾ cup of Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley

Salt And Pepper To Taste

Take a small bowl, add the cheese, mayonnaise, whipping cream, and yogurt; leave the bowl for minutes so that the ingredients can settle, and then add parsley, salt, and pepper to the mixture. You can also put this mixture into an air-tight container and refrigerate it. 

While making this dressing make sure you are using keto mayonnaise, and you can also add spicy mayonnaise to the mixture. Blue cheese dressing pairs with the following food varieties:

  • Cheeseburgers
  • Chopped salad
  • Steak salad
  • Carrots
  • Celery sticks
  • Italian Dressing

Italian dressing is popular in Canadian and American cuisine and is a type of salad dressing. There are also several ways of making Italian dressing, but since you want it to be keto-friendly, it will include no sugar. Following are the ingredients of the dressing:

  • One juiced lemon
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Two cloves minced garlic
  • One teaspoon basil
  • One teaspoon Oregon
  • One teaspoon salt
  • One rosemary

Once you’ve juiced the lemon, add it to a mason jar with the rest of the ingredients, and close the lid of the jar. Next, shake the jar thoroughly and serve it immediately or refrigerate it. If you wish your dressing to have a sweet taste, add a keto-friendly sweetener.

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In recipes of the Italian keto ranch dressing, there are ingredients such as chopped bell peppers, white vinegar, and a dash of balsamic. A mason jar is the perfect storage container for the dressing, as it is air-tight and can last for more than two weeks in a refrigerator. Italian dressings can be paired with salads and with other food varieties such as:

  • Keto chicken nuggets
  • Keto fried chicken
  • Roasted low-carb vegetables
  • Basic Keto Dressing

Most people are just tired of staring at labels; they are usually unsure of which dressings to use. The best way to start is by using a basic Keto dressing that only takes seven minutes to make and contains seven ingredients. Following are the ingredients that are part of this dressing:

  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Lemon Zest
  • Apple cider vinegar

The lemon zest adds a powerful flavor to the dressing. The process of making this dressing is similar to other keto-friendly dressings, so you will need to add all the ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly until the texture is smooth. However, you can also do the mixing with the help of a blender.

If you don’t have some ingredients, no need to worry, you can mix olive oil with a fresh lemon juice, pepper, salt, and a seasoning of your choice. You can also add the following ingredients to your dressing:

  • Parsley
  • Dried basil
  • Oregano
  • Honey Mustards

Honey mustard comes as a sauce or a dressing and is consumed worldwide. A keto honey mustard dressing contains five ingredients and can be paired with the following foods:

  • Salmon fillet spread
  • Brushed on chicken or any other variety of meat
  • Added to low-carb vegetables
  • Whisked into a vinaigrette
  • Keto Salmon cakes

This honey mustard dressing should be ready to eat in less than ten minutes.

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Conclusion

Being on a keto diet is tough, and maintaining it is even tougher. People who follow a ketogenic diet have to let go of many food varieties to maintain ketosis. However, the good news is that they can consume some foods even on a keto diet, and ranch dressings are one of them.

While commercial keto ranch dressings are considered unhealthy, you can make them at home. We have discussed several recipes in this article and have also given details about ingredients and instructions. In addition, we have also discussed a list of other keto-friendly dressings that you can easily make at home.

Recent studies have also shown that ranch dressings are safe to consume on a Ketogenic diet so there is little to worry about.  However, if there are some concerns, then people can also have a discussion with their doctor. While ranch dressing is safe, abrupt changes in the diet are not recommended, so it is safer to contact a professional before making any changes 

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