Keto Ranch Dressing


5 from 101 votes
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This keto ranch dressing is a low-carb, sugar-free take on the classic dressing. Ready in 5 minutes, I love using it on salads, as a dip, or as a delicious sauce! 1 gram of net carbs per serving. 

Looking for more keto sauces? Try keto Alfredo sauce, keto cheese sauce, and sugar-free ketchup next.

keto ranch dressing

I put ranch on literally everything. Ask anyone in my family, and they’ll confirm. When I’m keto, I try to make my favorite sauces and dips from scratch. Not to toot my own horn, but this keto-friendly version is even better than the classic ranch, and it has a fraction of the carbs. 

Is ranch dressing keto?

Unfortunately, traditional ranch dressing is not keto-friendly. Most generic brands contain added sugar and buttermilk, both of which add tons of carbs. 

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make keto ranch dressing
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More sugar free sauces & dips
  7. Keto Ranch Dressing (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Way healthier. No unhealthy seed oils, added sugar, or fillers are needed, and there’s only 1 gram of net carbs per serving. 
  • And it tastes better, too. It’s creamy, tangy, slightly sweet, and has a subtle spicy kick.
  • Endlessly versatile. From dipping fresh veggies to drizzling on salads and pizza, there’s no end to what you can do with this ranch keto ranch dressing recipe. I’ll give you plenty of suggestions later on. 
  • Simple ingredients. No niche or hard-to-find ingredients are needed.

Ingredients needed

  • Mayonnaise. Full fat and whole egg mayonnaise with no added sugar. I like to make my own keto mayo, but store-bought ones are fine. No mayo? Try sour cream.
  • Heavy cream. A lower carb alternative to buttermilk, this gives the dressing extra creaminess, minus the tang. 
  • White vinegar. Adds a dash of tartness, which balances out the mayonnaise. 
  • Garlic. A clove of garlic that has been finely minced. 
  • Chives. Fresh or dried chives. I prefer fresh chives, as they have a more intense flavor. 
  • Paprika. Smoked paprika for a kick of spice and smoky flavor. 
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 

How to make keto ranch dressing

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Combine ingredients. In a mixing bowl, add all of the ingredients and stir until smooth.
Step 2- Store. Transfer the mixture to a mason jar and shake until fluffy and silky. Use immediately or store for later use.

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Ways to use low carb ranch dressing

I’ve eaten ranch by the spoonful more times than I’m willing to admit, but it’s definitely better used in your favorite dishes! 

Add flavor to chicken bacon ranch casserole (AKA keto crack chicken) or in keto buffalo chicken dip.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Adjust the seasonings. Give the sauce a taste, and add more salt and pepper if needed. If you plan on serving the ranch with something salty, keep the spices to a minimum. 
  • Make it dairy-free. Use vegan mayo and swap the heavy cream for a plant-based alternative like coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk. 
  • Thin it out. For a thinner dressing, add extra heavy cream and whisk until it reaches your desired consistency. 
  • Make it spicy. Add 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. 
  • Add extra spices. For a more intense flavor, I like to add ½ teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder.

Storage instructions

To store: Ranch dressing will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.

To freeze: Place the leftover ranch in a freezer-friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 

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More sugar free sauces & dips

keto ranch dressing

Keto Ranch Dressing

5 from 101 votes
This keto ranch dressing is a low carb and sugar free take on the classic ranch! Made with simple ingredients, it's ready in under 5 minutes and so versatile!
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 minute
Total: 6 minutes


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon chives chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • In a mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and whisk together, until smooth.
  • Transfer the mixture into a glass jar and shake well, until fluffy and silky. Use immediately or store away to use later.


TO STORE: Ranch dressing will keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 1 week.
TO FREEZE: Place the leftover ranch in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 49kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSodium: 289mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    Vry creamy and spicy, I think I used a bit too much garlic I grated instead of mincing it, the smoked paprika gave a nice flavor.

  2. Never buying store bought again, not even newmans. My husband has being trying to stay keto for about 5 months now so I’m always looking for recipes. We absolutely love this ranch. Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    I really enjoy your recipes <3 The only problem I have is that I get a little pop up in the corner of my screen with recommended receipes for me and I have to stop work to go and make it. Thanks so much 🙂

  4. Will be making this soon can i use vegan mayo and coconut cream as am a vegan i never had ranch dressing before perfect for my snacks will dm you if i make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya