9 Healthy and Delicious Alternatives to Ranch Dressing

Turkey, ranch, and swiss sandwiches, chef salads with ranch dressing, fresh veggies with ranch dip; what do all these American classics have in common? Ranch. This tasty, creamy, universal dressing has quickly become a staple in nearly all restaurants and homes, but in addition to packing on flavor, it can also cause you to pack on a few pounds. If you're trying to shape up your body for summer or are ready to sample new flavors, give some of these healthier dressings and dips a try.

1 of 9 9. Sweet Onion Dressing


  • ½ large white onion
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 tbsp white vinegar
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp black pepper


  1. Cut off both ends of the onion and pierce the skin several times with a sharp knife. 
  2. Put onion in a bowl, add 1 tablespoon of water and microwave until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Once cooled, peel and add to a blender, then puree until smooth.
  4. Add oil, vinegar, sugar, mustard, garlic powder, celery seed, salt, and pepper, and blend until smooth.

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