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This Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing is only 2 simple ingredients, low in calories, and high in protein! Blending up cottage cheese provides a rich, thick, and creamy base which makes it perfect for making a healthier ranch dressing for dipping or use it for a salad dressing.
High Protein Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing & Dip
Have you seen the viral (TikTok) trend of whipping or blending cottage cheese to create desserts, dips, and meal ideas? I can’t say I’m mad about it because I have always loved cottage cheese. It’s high in protein, low in calories, low carb, and it’s so creamy which makes it the perfect base for dips and dressings.
Making ranch dressing from cottage cheese and a ranch seasoning mix is as easy as throwing it into a blender, blending until it’s creamy and smooth, and that’s it!
Cottage cheese naturally has a very rich and creamy taste & texture to it, so I can almost promise you that you won’t miss all the fat of traditional ranch dressing.
Although, my Homemade Ranch Dressing is pretty spectacular if you want the ‘real stuff’ 😉 Or try making this Homemade Ranch Seasoning & Dressing Mix so you can whip up a batch of dip or dressing anytime you want.
2 Ingredient Healthy Ranch Dressing
- Cottage Cheese – One 16 ounce container is what you will need to make this ranch dressing. There are lots of options – 4% fat cottage cheese, 2% cottage cheese, or the lite cottage cheese can all be used with great results. I really just depends on what you prefer or what your diet allows. The higher fat cottage cheese will yield a much thicker ranch dressing and you may have to add a splash of milk or water.
- Ranch Seasoning Mix – 1 packet of the ranch seasoning mix gets blended up with the cottage cheese. If you prefer homemade then try making this Ranch Seasoning Mix. Use regular ranch, fiesta ranch, dill ranch packet, spicy ranch packet, or buttermilk.
How To Make Cottage Cheese Ranch in The Blender
- Add the cottage cheese and ranch seasoning mix into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until smooth, about 1-2 minutes depending on your blender.
- Move the ranch to an airtight container with a bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. This is best served cold after it has had time to chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Use as a salad dressing, a veggie dip, or use in an recipe that calls for ranch dressing.
My Ranch Dressing Is Really Thick. How Do I Fix It?
If the ranch dressing is too thick it’s more than likely because you used a full-fat 4% cottage cheese (which is fine) but the higher fat cottage cheese will yield a thicker dressing. If it’s too thick, simply stir in a splash of milk or water. Start with 1 teaspoon at a time and add from there as needed.
The longer the dressing sits in the fridge, the thicker it will become. So expect the leftovers to naturally thicken as it sits in the fridge. To solve this problem, make sure you use the lower fat cottage cheese when making this dressing and be sure to stir in a splash of milk or water before serving.
How Long Will Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing Last For In The Fridge?
Make sure to follow the expiration date for your particular container of cottage cheese. Most cottage cheese can safely store in the fridge for up to 7 days. Stir together the dressing well before using from the fridge. If it’s too thick, stir in a couple teaspoons of milk or water.
- Thinner Dressing : If you want a more pourable dressing make sure to add some liquid either into the blender or you can stir it into the dressing as needed.
- Fridge Time : For the best taste and chilled temperature, make sure to allow time for the dressing to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving it. It can be in the fridge longer but it will thicken the longer it’s in the fridge, so add a splash of milk or water as needed.
- Ranch Packet Tips : Do not prepare this according to the packet directions before adding it into the blender. We only want to use the dry ranch seasoning powder inside the packet. There are several options – fiesta ranch packet, buttermilk ranch packet, spicy ranch packet, original ranch packet, or creamy dill ranch packet.
- Blender Tip : Depending on how powerful your blender is, it may take longer or it can be really quick to blend the cottage cheese until smooth and creamy. Any blender or food processor will work, just make sure that you keep blending it for as long as needed to get the cottage cheese completely smooth.
I love serving this cottage cheese ranch as a salad dressing. It’s a low calorie and high protein ranch that is much healthier than the store-bought stuff or other ranch dressings that contain mayonnaise and/or sour cream in them.
Use this cottage cheese ranch dressing in any recipe that calls for ranch!
This recipe produces a fairly thick ranch so it can easily be used as a healthier ranch dip for veggies, breadsticks, hamburger topping, chip dip, etc.
Recipes That Use Ranch Dressing
Looking for ways to use up ranch dressing or a ranch seasoning packet? Make a healthy swap by using some of this cottage cheese ranch in these recipes that call for ranch dressing. Here are lots of ways to use it up.
- Ranch Chicken Fajitas
- Instant Pot Crack Chicken
- Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Potatoes
- Honey Lime Salsa Verde Ranch Chicken Tacos
- Ranch Pasta Salad
- Ranch Corn Salad
- Ranch Potato Salad
- Taco Ranch Chicken Chili
- Chicken Ranch Wraps
Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing
- 1 container (16 oz) cottage cheese
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
- Add the cottage cheese and ranch seasoning mix (dry) into a blender or food processor. Blend on high until the cottage cheese is completely smooth and creamy.
- Pour the dressing into an airtight container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. This allows time for the dressing to chill and the flavors to develop. * Store leftovers in the fridge. Leftovers will thicken so stir in a splash of milk or water to thin them out.