Goat Yogurt Ranch Dressing

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Creamy dressings often get a bad rap among the health-minded community. And rightly so, since many are loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream and hydrogenated oils.

salad in a bowl with goat yogurtLuckily, this creamy ranch dressing can be eaten guilt-free and quite liberally. Brimming with gut-friendly probiotics and fresh herbs, this surprisingly authentic-tasting dressing should have everyone happily eating more veggies in no time!

Goat Yogurt Ranch Dressing
makes 1 cup


1 cup plain goat’s milk yogurt (Greek yogurt works, too)
2 Tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard


Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until well combined.

mixing goat yogurt ranch in a small glass bowl

Chill for an hour, to allow flavors to meld, then serve!

dipping a red pepper slice into goat yogurt ranch

Enjoy liberally with your favorite veggies. Even if you were to eat the entire batch in one sitting, you’ve simply eaten a cup of yogurt!

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Goat Yogurt Ranch Dressing

A creamy, probiotic-rich salad dressing or dip.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy, salad, salad dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 145kcal


  • 1 cup goat's milk yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives , finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic, minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk until well combined.
  • Chill for an hour, to allow flavors to meld, then serve!
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Enjoy liberally with your favorite veggies. Even if you were to eat the entire batch in one sitting, you've simply eaten a cup of yogurt! Β©Detoxinista.com


Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 728mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 330mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Calories Per Cup: 145, Fat: 6g, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 10g

Now, that’s a creamy dressing I’m happy to endorse.

Reader Feedback: Are you a fan of creamy dips and dressings? I actually didn’t like ranch dressing until I was older, but I’ve always loved Caesar dressing–> which is next on my “to make” list. πŸ˜‰

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

Wow, I made something very similar to this last night! I am partial to creamy dressings, but not Caesar. I used to douse all my raw veggies in it as a kid, and I think it’s turned into one of those too-much-too-early things!


I love this idea! I’m bookmarking it for when I get into my summer salads phase.


This is very nice. I go through dressing phases… avocado/lime, tahini/lemon, EVOO/lemon, and the lovely PB/lime. Right now I’m going kind of anti-nut and nut butter, it feels really heavy, maybe because the weather’s getting hotter? Probably all in my head, hahaha!
I love goat yogurt but usually eat it all by itself and haven’t really tried it with anything else but honey or chocolate chips…I love the idea of incorporating it into a salad, plus there’s a protein bonus, win! thanks!


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    I saw a commercial for that last night! Thanks for sharing!


great idea for a dressing πŸ™‚

as soon as i get back from my trip…i’m buying goat yogurt and trying this.

ps: how do you feel about sheep’s milk yogurt?

as someone who doesn’t really eat dairy, but dabble in goat’s milk yogurt…i was wondering about sheep’s yogurt as well …


    Sheep’s milk yogurt would work great, as well! It also has a smaller protein molecule, like goat’s milk, making it easier to digest than cow’s dairy. πŸ™‚


I love goat’s milk yogurt! Great idea to use in a dip. Also enjoy sheep’s milk yogurt.


So crazy, I made a dressing sort of like this a couple weeks ago, although I didn’t add garlic or chives, just dill and greek yogurt some other herbs. So good. I love using yogurt as a base for dressing. So much healthier!


I just made this dressing with a good quality 0 fat yogurt and herbs from the garden. My partner will love this – he used to like the mainstream brand ranch before he met me, and I think he misses it sometimes. It’s really nice. Thanks!


This is my new favorite dressing! I’ve been slathering my salads in this since you first posted the recipe. Thanks for sharing!


I tried this recipe and it was spectacular, my stepmother and I really enjoyed it (I think she did more than I). She even said that she could do without mayo and use this as a sandwich spread substitute instead! (that is huge because she is a major mayo addict). Thanks for the recipe! I might do my own twist on it for a change!
by the way, because of this, I believe the dressing companies will go out of business. Its just too delicious! πŸ˜‰

Lizzie Carpenter

I just made this last night and thank goodness I did! I’d given up on ‘traditional’ salad dressings and this one is over-the-top ten times better than store-bought! Thank you!!!


I really want a cookbook with all of your amazing recipes πŸ™‚


This recipe is amazing!!!!!!!! Enjoying it now for the first time and i can’t stop saying how delicious it is. Thanks for posting!!!


This “dip” was SUPER yummy, EVEN THOUGH I only had the dried version of the herbs on hand, and no mustard. Even my toddler enjoyed it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

The raw garlic was really powerful for me, though. I would do this again, but just get ready to sit very still for several minutes while I digest and feel my blood pressure come back up to normal!


    I would try the garlic powder next time– it’s definitely more mild!


Thank you so much for this recipe! I have searched high and low for a ranch dressing recipe without raw egg in it!


I make this exact recipe except I use kefir since it pours easily! I will give the goat yoghurt a try since I haven’t had it yet. I usually add poppy seeds to mine too:) Awesome recipe!:)


This taste very, very much like ranch dressing! I used plain Greek yogurt for two reasons (1) less carbs and (2) I’m really having a hard time finding goat’s milk yogurt Grrrr. I was too impatient to chill it for an hour. I’ll try better next time πŸ˜‰ Thanks for another great recipe! I had romaine lettuce, tuna, and cucumber all covered in “ranch dressing!” Excited!


We buy all natural salad dressings, but they are still not organic, and for me that’s an issue. I want ORGANIC. Natural could still mean GMO. And GMO products are horrible for us…

I’ve been having a hard time finding organic dijon mustard.


Oh and I’m sorry, I forgot to rate your recipe. Its sound really good and I’m going to try it. I’m not vegan, am vegetarian, but trying to become vegan.


I just made this again because I finally found goat yogurt at a store in my area! I think the goat yogurt made a big difference. The flavor was even better than the first time (and that’s saying something because it was yummy the first time). I enjoyed the consistency more with the goat yogurt as the base. I was able to leave half of it to chill this time. Can’t wait until tomorrow! I’m going to have crisp iceberg lettuce with ranch (without all the “bad stuff” from the supermarket bottles of ranch)! Thanks, Megan!

Lori Stiner

Hi Megan, my family and I are on a detox and cannot use dairy products, never had goat yogurt,but isn’t that a dairy product? Can we use something else instead? It’s hard to find recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. I noticed you use maple syrup in some recipes also, is there a substitute for that also? Your recipes look so yummy, and we get a sweet tooth, for some of your desserts. Let me know what we can do for substitutes. Thank you


    Goat dairy is much easier to digest than cow’s dairy, thanks to it’s reduced lactose and casein content. (Most people who are lactose intolerant can tolerate goat and sheep dairy.) If you prefer to avoid dairy all together, I know there are coconut and almond milk yogurts available, but most of them contain added sugar– which probably wouldn’t taste very good in this dressing. Perhaps you could try making a creamy base from blended cashews and water? I’ll try to post a recipe for a dairy-free raw ranch in the future. πŸ™‚


Gee, where are you all finding goat yogurt? I’ve never seen any in a local store.

Thanks for your blog, Megan. Your recipes inspire me!


    I buy mine at Whole Foods, and have seen it at Trader Joe’s as well, if you have access to either of those stores.


I was just wondering if this dressing has much of that distinct yogurt-y taste? I have never been able to keep it down, it’s just one of those things that hits my gag reflex.. hahaha BUT I LOVE ranch dressing, so I am super curious to make it : )


Sounds relish Megan, thanks for sharing! How long does it last?


This sounds good, but was wondering about the Dijon mustard. I’m on the candida diet, and read that mustard should be avoided due to a fermentation process it encounters. Is this something of concern for this recipe, and if so, is there a possible substitute? I’d love to know…thanks!

julie bell

i just made this today and it’s FANTASTIC! i accidentally forgot the dijon, but i added TONS of herbs….parsley, dill, chives and basil…some garlic salt and pepper. wonderful! made my big salad at lunch 100 times better….THANK YOU!


Thank you! One of my biggest struggles with salads has been my intense dislike of oil and vinegar and the awful state of store bought dressings. My insatiable love for ranch dressing doesn’t help either. This is the PERFECT alternative. I absolutely love dill and this tastes so refreshing when cold and goes so well with the salads.

I finally have something for my salads. Thank you!


Do you have a replacement for garlic? I can’t have garlic and so many recipes call for it. Any help would be appreciated.


I just made my almost 15 year old always starving son the chocolate peanut butter shake AGAIN!! My 16 year old daughter recently has started to enjoy cooking researching healthy food choices. (We’ve been doing the vegetarian thing for a month, but seeing how I’m from a family of butchers I think we’ll return in moderation even if she doesn’t. My son and hubby have been very accommodating, but I think they’re ready for a big steak!! I just discovered Zip List and many of the sites we are using for recipes seem to use it. I’m going to try to use it to plan meals and grocery shopping since it’s getting complicated having so many of us wanting input! What are your thoughts? Have you considered using it?


Thank you for yet another yummy recipe. I have been making homemade mayo and then making buttermilk ranch dressing, but this is so much eaisier and it is just as yummy so again thank you. Just a note I used greek yogurt as I didn’t have the goat milk yogurt.


would this be considered a protein?

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, for food combining it would be in the animal protein category.

Jessica McQuistin

Thanks for this recipe! I bought some goat yogurt to try it, but didn’t love the taste of it on its own. In this recipe, it tastes great!

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