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Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing

This cottage cheese ranch dressing is a fantastic, healthier alternative to traditional ranch dressing. I like it for a variety of reasons. Not only is it incredibly easy to make, but it also adds a lot of protein, thanks to the cottage cheese. I made this dressing very thick, but it’s easy to thin it out if that’s your preference.

jar and spoon of cottage cheese ranch dressing above a salad with ranch dressing

Keep in mind that this is one of many ways to make ranch dressing. I like all of them, depending on what I need or want in my diet. When I follow keto, this is the one I choose.

What Makes Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing Special

I appreciate how cottage cheese is a versatile ingredient that adds creaminess without the extra calories found in mayonnaise or sour cream. Plus, it’s loaded with protein. 

By blending cottage cheese with a touch of heavy cream (or milk) and some ranch seasoning, you can get a smooth, flavorful dressing that’s perfect for a variety of uses. I actually like mine with a little texture, so I don’t blend it as long. However, if you want a smoother consistency, blend it an extra minute or two.


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (large or small curd)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning
cottage cheese, whipping cream, and ranch dressing mix


Blend the Base: Start by placing the cottage cheese and heavy cream (or milk) into a blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. If you prefer a smoother texture, blend for a bit longer. For a chunkier dressing, a quick blend will do the trick.

cottage cheese in a blender

Add the Flavor: Once the base is as smooth as you want, add in the ranch seasoning. Blend again until the seasoning is thoroughly incorporated into the mixture.

Change the Consistency: As I mentioned earlier, I like this dressing very thick. However, if you want to thin it out, add more cream or milk and blend again. I highly recommend only adding one tablespoon at a time so you don’t overdo it.

seasonings mixed with cottage cheese in a blender
  1. Serve and Enjoy: Your cottage cheese ranch dressing is now ready to serve! Use it as a dressing for your favorite salads, a dip for fresh vegetables, or even as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.

I’ve placed a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for your convenience.

Versatile and Customizable

One of the best things about this recipe is how easily it can be customized to suit your taste. Here are a few ideas to personalize this dressing:

scooping cottage cheese ranch dressing out of the jar
  • Add a handful of fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or chives for an extra burst of flavor.
  • Mix in a clove of minced garlic or a dash of garlic powder if you love a garlicky punch.
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper or a dash of hot sauce can add a nice kick for those who enjoy a bit of heat.
jar of cottage cheese ranch dressing with a lid

Perfect for Meal Prep

This cottage cheese ranch dressing is also a great option for meal prep. Make a batch at the beginning of the week and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to a week, making it easy to add a healthy and delicious component to your meals throughout the week.

pouring cottage cheese ranch dressing into a jar

More Homemade Dressing Recipes

Honey Mustard Dressing – The combination of sweet and tangy flavor adds quite a bit of deliciousness to your salad, veggies, or whatever else you choose to put it on.

drizzling honey mustard dressing over salad

Thousand Island Dressing – Sometimes it’s fun to go old-school and add thousand island dressing to the options. It’s always been one of my favorites!

Thousand Island dressing next to a plate of vegetables

Chunky Bleu Cheese Dressing – This delicious bleu cheese (or blue cheese) salad dressing from Julia’s Simply Southern is a real treat for your tastebuds! 

Balsamic Glaze – Although this is called a glaze, I’ve been known to drizzle it over salads and on sandwiches. 

jar of balsamic glaze

Enjoy the Extra Flavor

Incorporating cottage cheese ranch dressing into your diet is a wonderful way to enjoy the classic ranch flavor while reaping the nutritional benefits of cottage cheese. It’s quick to prepare, versatile, and easy to customize to your liking. Next time you’re in the mood for a creamy dressing or dip, give this recipe a try.

Yield: 4 servings

Cottage Cheese Ranch Dressing

spoon of ranch dressing over a jar

Creamy and delicious, this cottage cheese ranch dressing delivers some wonderful flavors to add to salads, veggies, and sandwiches!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese (large or small curd)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning


  1. Put the cottage cheese and cream in a blender or food processor. Mix until the cottage cheese is as smooth as you like.
  2. Add the ranch seasoning. Mix until well blended.
  3. Serve as a salad dressing or vegetable dip.


  • This dressing does not need extra salt.
  • If you want the dressing to be thinner, add a little bit more cream or milk, a few drops at a time.
  • This dressing is also good in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 42Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 9mgSodium 170mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Esme Slabbert

Thursday 27th of June 2024

I will have to try this one, love cottage cheese, love ranch dressing and this combo does sound out of this world delicious. Found your post at Full Plate Thursday. My entries this week are numbered #51+52. Please join and share your posts with us

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