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20 Grocery Store Ranch Dressings Put To The Taste Test. Which Is Best?

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

TESTED: RANCH DRESSING

We tested 20 top ranch dressings to see which is the best, not only in flavor, but ingredients and nutrition. Which ranch reins supreme?

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In a perfect world, I would have home-made ranch in my fridge at all times, but since this is real life, you always need a good bottle of ranch dressing on hand for back up.

When reading through other reviews on ranch, I was shocked at how unanimous the top 2 picks were: Hidden Valley Classic Ranch and Kraft Classic Ranch (both had equal turns for 1st and 2nd place). We have never been a fan of either, so I was anxious to see how they stacked out when we tasted them...spoiler alert: we like them even less now.


Flavor, nutrition, and ingredients all play a role in the buying process. I present you with all the information so that you can make the best decision for you based on what's important to you. Now, I try to describe what the flavor is (as best I can) so that you can get an idea of what the flavor profile is, but sometimes words are lacking (both for good and bad) and descriptions may be short and sweet. Also, if you notice vegetable (canola, soybean) oil is highlighted in some of the ingredient lists and not others (good job!), that is because it is listed within the first 3 ingredients, which isn't ideal. (I talk about this in detail on my additives post. Go ahead and read about vegetable oils while you're there and see if that is a deal breaker or not for you.)




 

DETAILS

  • Taste, nutrition and price are all factored into the score I give

  • EWG score is present (and linked) if available for further info

  • Concerning ingredients (doesn't necessarily mean they are all bad, but you should be aware of them) are highlighted and linked to the additives page for further info.

  • All serving sizes are 2 TBS

  • 4 Categories: OG, Spicy, Healthy(ier), Seasoned


 

For me, it boiled down to finding a balance on both nutrition and flavor.

Here were our top picks:



  1. Litehouse Opadipity Creamy Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip






2. Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing

This one comes in second only because it is double the calories, but only slightly better.



 

CATEGORTY #1: OG RANCH


#6: Brianna's Home Style Classic Buttermilk Ranch Dressing: $3.49 (12oz: $0.29/oz) Highest Sodium (320mg) & Calorie (170)









Ingredients: canola oil: water: white vinegar: cane sugar: buttermilk powder: egg yolks: salt: garlic puree (garlic, citric acid): apple cider vinegar: natural flavors: onion powder: lactic acid, lemon juice concentrate: dried green onions: potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness): mixed tocopherols (antioxidant — vitamin e): spices: dried dill: xanthan gum. (6)


Review:

Our Rating: 4

EWG Score: 7.0

Overall Impression: Bad. Bad. Bad. Weird taste, not ranch

Pros: Cheap, easily accessible, good ingredient list

Cons: Flavor is terrible, highest in sodium (320mt) and calories (170)

Will I buy? No: flavor and nutrition



#5: Newman's Own Ranch Dressing: $3.49 (16oz: $0.22/oz)

Most Added Sugar (2g)







Ingredients: Canola Oil, Water, Buttermilk, Sugar, Distilled Vinegar, Whole Egg (Eggs, Salt), Sea Salt, Less Than 2% Of: Garlic*, Onion*, Lactic Acid, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum (As A Thickener), Garlic, Onion Puree (Onion, Vinegar, Salt), Black Pepper, Mustard Flour, Parsley*, Oregano*, Lemon Juice Concentrate. (5)


Review:

Our Rating: 5

Overall Impression: Strong soured taste, very watered down

Pros: Cheap, easily accessible, good ingredient list

Cons: Ingredients, high calorie, most added sugar (2g), flavor

Will I buy: No: flavor



#4: Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing: $1.58 (8oz: $0.20/oz)

Lowest Calorie (100)




IngredientsSoybean Oil, Water, Vinegar, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Salt, Buttermilk, Contains Less Than 2% Of Modified Food Starch, Garlic*, Monosodium Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Whey, Phosphoric Acid, Onion*, Potassium Sorbate And Calcium Disodium Edta (To Protect Freshness), Spice, Parsley*, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Yeast Extract. *Dried (2)


Review:

Our Score: 5

EWG Score: 6.0

Overall Impression: strong miracle whip flavor, not much "ranch" flavor, very bland

Pros: Cheap, easily accessible, lowest calorie (100)

Cons: taste, concerning ingredients

Will I buy? No: flavor does not justify the ingredients



#3: Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Dressing: $3.19 (16oz: $0.20 per oz)



Ingredients: Vegetable oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Water, Sugar, Salt, Nonfat buttermilk, Egg Yolk. Natural Flavors, Less Than 1% of: Spices, Garlic', Onion', Vinegar,

Phosphoric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Artificial Flavors, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA Added to Preserve Freshness, Disodium Inosinate & Guanylate. (1)


Review:

Our Score: 5.5

EWG Score: 8.0

Overall Impression: Strong soured taste, like bad sour cream or spoiled mayo, artificial flavor that lingers

Pros: Cheap, easily accessible

Cons: taste, concerning ingredients

Will I buy: No: flavor does not justify ingredients



#2: Ken's Steak House Ranch Dressing: $3.08 (16oz: $0.19/oz)

Cheapest per oz



Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Water, Sugar, Egg Yolk, Distilled Vinegar, Buttermilk Solids, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Monosodium Glutamate, Garlic,* Phosphoric Acid, Onion,* Xanthan Gum, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Disodium Phosphate, Cream, Natural Flavor, Whey, Spice, Disodium Inosinate And Disodium Guanylate, Vinegar Powder, Buttermilk, Milk, Sour Cream Powder, Lactic Acid, Calcium Disodium EDTA (To Protect Flavor), Citric Acid, Sodium Sulfate, Glutamic Acid. *Dried. (3)


Review

Our Rating: 6

Overall Impression: Mild, bland, similar to Newman's but slightly better. The soured flavor in Newman's isn't as strong.

Pros: Good to use as a base to make your own ranch or dipping sauce, cheapest, easily accessible

Cons: Concerning ingredients, flavor

Will I buy? No: flavor does not justify ingredients



#1: Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing: $3.57 (13oz: $0.27/oz)

Lowest Sodium (230mg), Most Expensive per oz



Ingredients: Canola Oil, Non Fat Buttermilk (Whey, Water, Skim Milk Powder, Corn Starch, Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum, Culture), Water, Egg Yolk, Non Fat Sour Cream (Cultured Skim Milk, Corn Starch, Tapioca Starch, Carrageenan, Locust Bean Gum), Salt, Distilled Vinegar, Sugar, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Dextrose, Spices, Modified Corn Starch, Dried Green Onion, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Natural Flavors (4)


Review:

Our Rating: 8

Overall Impression: Flavorful & balanced, exactly what I expect bottled ranch to taste like

Pros: Good backup for when you don’t have homemade ranch. Great flavor. Lowest sodium option (230mg).

Cons: Concerning ingredients, most expensive

Will I buy? Yes: flavor justifies ingredients...in moderation.




CATEGORY #2: SPICY RANCH


#5: The Pioneer Woman Spicy Southwestern Ranch Dressing & Dip: $3.34 (12oz: $0.27/oz)



Ingredients: Soybean oil, distilled white vinegar, water, heavy cream (from milk), jalapeno peppers (jalapenos, vinegar, salt), chipotle puree (chipotle peppers, water, salt, vinegar, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate), cultured lowfat buttermilk (cultured lowfat milk, nonfat milk, salt, sodium citrate, vitamin a palmitate), enzyme modified egg yolk, egg yolk, jalapeno pepper puree (jalapeno peppers, vinegar, salt, natural flavor), sour cream (cultured cream, nonfat milk), salt, whey*, modified food starch, spices, buttermilk*, garlic*, phosphoric acid, monosodium glutamate, xanthan gum, chives*, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, onion*, yeast extract, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to preserve quality), calcium disodium edta (to preserve quality). *dried. (7)


Review:

Our Rating: 2

EWG Score: 9.0

Overall Impression: Awful, awful, awful. Taste is what I would expect a rubber boot to be

Pros: 0 sugar. That’s it

Cons: Taste, concerning ingredients

Will I buy? No: flavor does not justify anything



#4: Brianna's Home Style Chipotle Ranch Dressing: $3.21 (12oz: $0.26/oz)

Highest Sugar (4g)



Ingredients: canola oil: water: cane sugar: apple cider vinegar: rice wine vinegar: buttermilk powder: natural flavors: salt: onion powder: spices: garlic puree (garlic: citric

acid): yeast extract: maltodextrin and cultured dextrose: lactic acid, chipotle powder: xanthan gum: potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness): paprika: mixed tocopherols (antioxidant- vltamln e).


Review:

Our Rating: 6

EWG Score: 7.0

Overall Impression: Awful flavor...reminiscent of stomach acid

Pros: none

Cons: Taste, highest sugar (4g: 2g + 2g added)

Will I buy? No-Flavor



#3: Whataburger Spicy Jalapeno Ranch: $4.89 (14oz: $0.34/oz)

Highest Calorie (130), Most Sodium (280mg)



Ingredients: Soybean oil, water, green jalapeno pepper, distilled vinegar, egg yolks, salt, contains less than 2% of: sugar, green jalapeno pepper*, food starch-modified, onion*, acetic acid, garlic*, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (as preservatives), polysorbate 60, spice, xanthan gum, citric acid, parsley*, calcium disodium EDTA aded to protect flavor. *Dehydrated. (8)


Review:

Our Rating: 5

Overall Impression: Pretty good, tastes as advertised, but nothing special. Spicy

Pros: 0 added sugar, actually spicy, would be good mixed into other sauces or on a flavorful meal.

Cons: Concerning ingredients, highest calorie (130) & sodium (280mg)

Will I buy? No: flavor & ingredients



#2: Walden Farms Chipotle Ranch Dressing & Vinaigrette: $3.39 (12oz: $0.28/oz) Lowest Calorie (0), Best Ingredient List



Ingredients: purified water, white distilled vinegar, apple cider vinegar, tomato, salt, garlic, onion powder, chipotle peppers, chipotle flavoring, vegetable fiber, xanthan gum, chili powder, cumin, sucralose, lemon, food color, natural spices and flavors, cayenne pepper, white pepper, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness) (9)


Review:

Our Rating: 6 Overall Impression: A ranch vinaigrette. Light and refreshing, very different flavor. If you're looking to switch things up, this is a good one. Pros: 0 sugar, 0 calorie, different refreshing taste, best ingredient list Cons: Artificial sweetener (sucralose) Will I buy? Yes-Great flavor, great ingredients, and no calories!



#1: Better Way Provisions Jalapeno Ranch Dressing: $6.16 (12oz: $0.51/oz)




Ingredients: Filtered water, Ranch (Maltodextrin, Cornstarch, Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Onion, Yeast Extracts, Black Pepper, Garlic, Xanthan Gum, Gum Arabic, Spice.), Cilantro, Jalapeno Pepper (Jalapeno pepper, Water, Salt, Acetic Acid, Calcium Chloride), Expeller pressed canola oil, Heavy Whipping Cream (Heavy cream, Milk, Contains less than 0.5% of: Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 80, Carrageenan.), Dairy flavor (Natural Buttermilk Flavor, Enzyme Modified, Cheese, Flavor), Natural Flavor (Enzyme Modified Egg Yolk, Salt), Dairy flavor (Natural flavor, Lactic acid), Vinegar, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Dried Garlic.


Review:

Our Rating: 8

Overall Impression: Visually it does not look like ranch-more of a cilantro type dip-but don't let that fool you. The taste is so refreshing, and clean. Definitely a different spin on ranch, but the "ranch" flavor is there.

Pros: Low calorie, great flavor, 0 sugar

Cons: Expensive, harder to find at stores.

Will I buy? Yes: flavor and nutrition



CATEGORY #3: HEALTHY(IER) RANCH


#4: Hidden Valley Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing: $2.99 (12oz: $0.25/oz)

Highest Calorie (60)



Ingredients: Rehydrated Nonfat Greek Yogurt (Water, Nonfat Greek Yogurt Powder [Cultured Nonfat Milk Heat Treated After Culturing]), Water, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Canola), Buttermilk, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Less than 2% of Egg Yolk Lactic Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Garlic, Onion, Spices, Natural Flavors. Monosodium Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Inosinate & Guanylate With Nisin Preparation, Sorbic Acid And

Calcium Disodium EDTA Added to Preserve Freshness.


Review:

Our Score: 4

EWG: 6.0

Overall Impression: Unpleasant. Very strong initial burnt flavor. Not even worth the 60 calories.

Pros: No added sugar

Cons: Taste, concerning ingredients, Highest calorie

Will I buy? No-Flavor is not worth ingredients...or the 60 calories.



#3: Litehouse Purely Balanced Garden Ranch Dressing: $3.38 (9oz: $0.37/oz)

Lowest Sodium (220mg)