Ranch dressing is for sure my favorite salad dressing. In fact, I think of it as much more than a salad dressing. It is also a great dip for veggies and just about anything else if you ask me. But what about ranch on a keto diet? Is ranch dressing keto-friendly?
Though carb counts can vary from brand to brand, most ranch dressing in moderation are keto-friendly. Of course, some ranch dressing may contain ingredients you may want to stay away from, the ranch dressing will likely not kick you out of ketosis.
That said, you will want to make sure you keep your serving size in mind if you are going to consume ranch dressing on a keto diet. In addition, there are certain brands of ranch dressing that are going to be better than others on a keto diet. More on that later, but for now let’s take a look at how many net carbs are in ranch dressing.
Carbs In Ranch Dressing
We will discuss other brands of ranch dressing later but in this example, I am going to use Hidden Valley Ranch as our example. This is simply because Hidden Valley Ranch is by far the most popular brand of ranch dressing on the market.
Two tablespoons of original Hidden Valley Ranch dressing contains 140 calories, 14 grams of fat, 2 carbs, and 1 gram of protein. So as you can see ranch dressing has decent macros since most of the calories are in the form of dietary fats.
However, at the same time, there is roughly 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon of ranch dressing. Of course, that is not very much but it can add up quickly if you are not careful. So as long as you are keeping your portions moderate, then you will likely not get kicked out of ketosis for consuming ranch dressing. That said, there are a few reasons I still would avoid eating most ranch dressing on the market.
Most ranch dressings use vegetable oils such as canola or soybean oil as their main ingredient. These oils are also where most of the fat content in the ranch comes from. These oils are not a healthy choice in my opinion. Though many people will disagree with me on this I think we can all agree that oils such as olive and avocado oil are a healthier option. That said, let’s take a look at some ways to make our ranch healthier and more keto-friendly.
You Can Make Your Own Keto-Friendly Ranch
One way to make sure that your ranch is keto-friendly and made with quality ingredients is to make it yourself. By making a keto ranch dressing you can be certain that you are only using healthy ingredients in your recipes. Since my website is called keto dessert recipes, I will leave the non-dessert recipes to someone else.
One of my favorite recipes I got from the website thatlowcarblife.com. The recipe is called the best ever ranch dressing. Though it does have a chill time of 2 hours, the rest of the recipe only takes about 5 minutes. The only thing I might suggest if you are going to use this recipe is that you use a high-quality mayo.
The recipe simply calls for mayo, however many mayo brands use low-quality ingredients like canola and soy. The brand I would recommend is Chosen Foods Keto Mayo. This is because the number one ingredient in this keto mayo is coconut oil. Another option would be Sir Kensington’s Mayo that is made with avocado oil!
By making your own keto ranch dressing you can also control the number of carbs you let into your recipes. There are plenty of recipes online for keto-friendly ranch dressing. I would recommend checking a few out to see which ones you like best. In addition, after trying a few recipes out yourself, you can adjust the recipes to make them even more low-carb and better tasting.
Part of the joy of ketogenic dieting is creating your own keto-friendly recipes. After you learn what ingredients are best for keto, you can quickly learn to make a keto-friendly version of just about any recipe you could think of.
However, I understand that can be time-consuming and you might be busy enough with other things right now. Thankfully there are plenty of brands coming out with keto-approved foods like ranch dressing. That said, let us look at some keto ranch brands you can buy online or at your local grocer.
You Can By Pre-Made Keto-Friendly Ranch Dressing
If you want to use quality ingredients but don’t want to go through the hassle of making keto ranch dressing from scratch, don’t worry you won’t have to. Thankfully, there are some fantastic brands that make keto-friendly ranch dressing with high-quality ingredients. Let’s take a look at 3 amazing keto-approved ranch dressings!
Primal ranch dressing is an amazing keto-approved Ranch. Unlike most ranch on the market, the number one ingredient in this ranch is avocado oil. In addition, you can find this keto-friendly ranch at most natural grocery stores as well as many of the big chain stores. If your local store does not carry Primal Kitchen ranch, you can also find it here on Amazon.com.
# 2 Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Ranch Dressing
Another great option is Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Ranch Dressing. Like the Primal Kitchen, the number one ingredient is avocado oil. Aside from tasting amazing this keto-friendly ranch is very low in carbs.
In fact, one 2 TBSP serving of Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Ranch contains zero carbs. I’m sure there are some carbs in the whole bottle. But as long as the serving size contains fewer than a certain amount they can claim zero carbs.
This keto-friendly ranch dressing is made with MCT Oil and contains just one carb per serving. MCT oil is a great source of fat for the keto diet. These medium chained triglycerides are an easy source of fuel for the body since they are quickly digested.
For this reason, they are a great source of fuel when on the ketogenic diet. That said, Fat & Happy Ranch might be a great source of on a salad at lunch to get you through your workday!
Most brands of ranch dressing will likely not kick you out of ketosis as long as you keep your portions in check. However, most of the top brands of ranch dressing do use pretty low-quality ingredients. Thankfully the world is starting to change and some companies are starting to create some pretty healthy packaged foods.
In addition, as long as you have the time, then making your own keto ranch dressing can be fun. Not only can you control the ingredients but you can also figure out ways to further reduce the carbs in your ranch dressing.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this article and found some useful tips on how to eat ranch on a ketogenic diet. If you have any further question please feel free to comment below and I will try and address it as soon as possible. In addition, let me know if there are any other foods you would like me to review or and dessert recipes you want me to create. Until next time make sure to keep your fats high and your carbs low!