Avocado buttermilk ranch dressing is an easy gluten-free salad dressing recipe that tastes delicious on salads, grilled meats, or even as a dip.
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Originally published on April 23, 2012. Updated with new photos on May 16 2017.
I was never a big fan of Ranch dressing. I never disliked it, but I never liked it enough to order it in restaurants or use the bottled stuff at home when I preferred honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette. Now my sister – she was one of those kids where you wanted to say, “Have a little salad with your plate of Ranch dressing,” or “How about some carrots to dip in your bowl of Ranch dressing?” I think a lot of kids are like that. In fact, isn’t there an entire ad campaign about getting kids to eat their veggies by smothering it in Ranch dressing?
Well, I have been seeing some recipes for homemade Ranch dressing. I really got into a kick of making homemade dressing, instead of the bottled stuff – Creamy Greek Yogurt Maple Dijon Salad Dressing, Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing, and yes, even Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing.
So I thought it was time to tackle ranch, and see if homemade would change my mind…
Especially when I saw the Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing from Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls. It sounded so yummy!! I love avocados. I was planning on making a flank steak on the grill one night, and my grocery store pretty much always seems to have only giant flank steaks – too much for one meal for my little family. So I knew I would have some leftovers, which I thought would be perfect sliced thinly over a salad with this Avocado Ranch.
This avocado buttermilk ranch dressing is so creamy and flavorful with all of the herbs and seasonings.
A perfect match for a Grilled Steak Mango Salad!
I made a couple of tweaks to Ann’s dressing recipe. I had some buttermilk for another recipe, and was looking for a way to use it up, so I replaced the Greek yogurt and milk from her recipe with the buttermilk, to give it that tangy creaminess. And I am not a big mayo fan, so I took that out and just added more avocado. Oh, and I also just added a few more chives in place of the green onions – every time I buy green onions, I throw half of them out because I don’t use them in many things, so I was being cheap and just bought chives.
After loving this Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, I’ve ventured into more ranch dressing recipes…
- Pantry Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip or Dressing
- Greek Yogurt Buffalo Ranch Dressing or Dip
- Greek Yogurt Barbecue Ranch Dressing
And if avocado is what you fancy, my friends have some fabulous dressings with avocado. Inside Bru Crew Life has a tangy Avocado Lime Salad Dressing. The Little Ferraro Kitchen made a creative and tasty Avocado Tahini Dressing. And Cookin’ Canuck put a twist on a classic with this Light Avocado Green Goddess Dressing Recipe.
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Adapted from Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls.
Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
An easy salad dressing recipe that's as delicious on greens and veggies as it is on grilled steak or chicken. Also makes a delicious dip.
- 2/3 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 cup milk and 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 clove of garlic
- About 4 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- A few leaves of fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
- A few sprigs of fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
- A sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 8-10 chives
- half of an avocado
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.