Deceptively Delicious Ranch Dip

Domestic, Healthy

In this post, I’m participating in Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Tuesday Night Supper Club, and Hearth ‘n Soul.

The 5th recipe I made from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious was Ranch Dressing that I served with fish.

I’m a huge ranch dressing fan. I love it on salads naturally, but I also love it as a dip – for pretty much everything. The only bummer about this recipe, if it’s even a bummer, is that it makes quite a bit but only lasts a few days. I gave some away to my husband’s cousin and his girlfriend and the rest I used as a dip with fish, then on a salad and finally on the third day when Wee One #2’s Godparent’s came for their annual visit we used the last of it as pizza crust dip!

Ranch Dressing (with navy beans) – from Deceptively Delicious (p. 123)

1 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 cup canned navy beans*
1 tbsp low fat sour cream
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tbsp grated Parmesan
1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder

*great northern beans are listed as an either/or suggestion

First drain, rinse and mash the beans. Set aside.

Mix the buttermilk, beans, sour cream, garlic, Parmesan and seasonings in a magic bullet or something similar. Blend till smooth!

Use right away and store what’s left in an air tight container for up to 3 days – eat it quick!


Some notes, the dressing is thin enough as a sauce to drizzle over chicken or fish if you like it with those. Otherwise, next time I will add more navy beans to make it thicker and more dressing-like.



  1. Jason@JLHealth  •  Jan 25, 2011 @5:47 pm

    That looks so good my stomach is growling! Can’t wait to make it and thanks for sharing with the hearth and soul hop.

    Thanks! There area lot of great recipes at the Heart and Soul hop!

  2. Aurelia  •  Jan 25, 2011 @8:59 pm

    We don’t have ranch dressing in England, but as I have an American husband he quickly showed it to me when we first started dating! I like it but can’t get any while in England so this is a great recipe to have, thanks for sharing 🙂

    I’m also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that’s how I found your blog.

    I hope he likes it and has a little taste of home when you’re away! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Aurelia  •  Jan 26, 2011 @10:19 am

    Thank you for the comment on my blog 🙂 I hope they enjoy the soup!

    The green surprise gift was a ring (a green band) 🙂

    Surprise gifts are so sweet, doesn’t matter what they are. Rings though, seem especially sweet to me! <3

  4. Butterpoweredbike  •  Jan 27, 2011 @2:52 pm

    So the beans are for extra protein or just thickness? I’ve never had a problem with my dressings being thick enough because I use nice full fats. So good on salads and meats, yum! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    Extra protein I’d imagine – it’s part of the Deceptively Delicious project, all her recipes have some kind of hidden health kick, for people who wont just eat the kick otherwise.

  5. christy  •  Jan 30, 2011 @7:55 pm

    what a great idea to add beans to the dip…so smart! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club!

    It thickens them up and adds a little healthy punch! Thanks for commenting!

  6. I think that would do well on my baked chicken. *light bulb*

    Love it! That’s a great idea!

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