Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
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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I hope you love this avocado buttermilk ranch dressing recipe!
Adapted from Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls.
- 2/3 c buttermilk
- 1 clove of garlic
- About 4 fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 t honey
- A few leaves of fresh parsley or 1/2 t dried parsley
- A few sprigs of fresh dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
- A sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 t dried minced onion or 1/2 t onion powder
- 8-10 chives
- half of an avocado
- 1/4 t salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and puree until smooth.