Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

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Buttermilk Avocado Ranch Dressing is an easy gluten-free salad dressing recipe that tastes delicious on salads, grilled meats, or even as a dip. It’s the healthy way to enjoy your favorite dressing since it’s made without mayo, eggs, or oil.

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Originally published on April 23, 2012. Updated with new photos on May 16 2017.

My sister 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?”

In fact, isn’t there an entire ad campaign about getting kids to eat their veggies by smothering it in Ranch dressing?

I was honestly never a big fan, and much preferred to slated my salads in Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing or Creamy Maple Dijon Dressing.

So I thought it was time to tackle this all-time favorite, and see if homemade Ranch dressing would change my mind. And guess what? This one did!

Probably because it’s made without the mayonnaise and oil, using avocado instead to give it a mush fresher and unique flavor!

A glass bottle filled with homemade avocado ranch dressing

Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressig Recipe

I saw a recipe from Ann at Sumptuous Spoonfuls and it sounded so yummy! I love avocados and I was planning on grilling some steaks to make a steak salad. I knew Avocado ranch would be the perfect match.

This salad dressing is so creamy and flavorful with all of the herbs and seasonings. And it’s made without mayo, but a little extra avocado makes it super creamy. Plus the buttermilk adds a delightful tangy flavor!

  • Buttermilk – it’s easy to make substitutes for buttermilk with common ingredients.
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Honey – just a tiny bit, so it is still low carb, but you can omit it if you want a truly keto dressing.
  • Parsley – fresh or dried.
  • Dill – fresh or dried.
  • Rosemary – I recommend fresh as dried doesn’t break down well.
  • Dried minced onion or onion powder
  • Chives – you can use a few scallions or green onions instead.
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper

Just toss everything into a food processor or blender and blend till smooth and creamy!

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Pouring avocado ranch dressing out of a bottle over a salad

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Steak salad


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Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing dripping over the edge of the bottle

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5 from 1 vote

Avocado Ranch Dressing

Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing is 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.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley or 1/2 t dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion or 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 9 chives
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.


Adapted from Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls.
Nutrition Facts
Avocado Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 18 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.



Grilled Steak Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch from top
  1. Cindy

    I was excited when I found this because I had all of these ingredients I needed to use up!
    I needed more punch so I added fresh lime juice and creamy horseradish and I felt it needed way more salt than called for because avocado demands it! It was yum!!!

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      I’m so happy that you were able to adapt the ranch dressing to suit your tastes, Cindy. I try to keep my recipes lower in salt, but I agree with you… avocados need salt!

  2. I just usually mix Mayonnaise in my salad and I’m kinda feeling bored but I don’t know what other dressings are. I found your recipe and it looks delicious and fresh to me! Thanks for sharing your idea <3

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Peggy, if the dressing is in a well covered container in the refrigerator, it should keep well for a couple of weeks.

  3. I wonder how this recipe would work with a non-dairy buttermilk. I may just have to give it a try. My husband complains about not having a variety of good homemade salad dressings that do not contain dairy, soy, or corn. He loves avocado, so I think this might just fit the ticket. I’m going to pin this recipe so that I don’t forget. Thanks for sharing this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays! We’d love for you to join us again next week.

    Have a great weekend!
    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

    1. I didn’t even know they had dairy-free buttermilk! The original recipe from Sumptuous Spoonfuls called for Greek yogurt and milk instead of the buttermilk, so you could probabaly also use some sort of vegan yogurt and another non-dairy milk.

      1. I’ve never seen a non-dairy buttermilk, but you never know. I just add vinegar to my non-dairy milk and let it turn into buttermilk. I’ll been thinking about what kind of non-dairy yogurt to use. It’s on our menu this week, so I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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