It is well known that commercial dressings are not recommended and in fact there are some versions that can put health at risk, largely due to their high caloric intake, fat content, sodium and preservatives. Fortunately, today there are healthy alternatives that allow us to enjoy our favorite dressings. And hands down the one Americans love the most is Ranch dressing. Its flavor is delicious, its consistency is unbeatable and its versatility is immense. Thousands of Americans always have it on hand at home as it goes wonderfully with all kinds of foods. But as with almost all other foods and condiments, not all brands of Ranch dressing are created equal. For lovers of this classic of classics, This is the list of the 6 Best and Worst Ranch Dressings available on the market. Its rating was based on the most important nutritional concepts: caloric intake, fat content, sodium, sugar and, of course, its taste and consistency most importantly.
1. Original Ranch de Hidden Valley
Nutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml): 130 calories, 14 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
Let’s start the list with the best Ranch dressing right now, you’ve probably heard a lot of good things about Hidden Valley dressing, and it’s been recommended by various nutrition trends in recent months. It is an alternative that undoubtedly exceeds any expectations, in principle it has the great advantage of being the bearer of an incredible creamy texture (which is one of the most determining aspects in a good dressing). It is perfect to integrate in salads, wings, hamburgers, sandwiches, whatever! Many experts position it as the best option and they have even compared it to Ranch dressings made in high-end restaurants. The best of all is that its price is very accessible and its contribution in calories, fat and sodium is quite balanced.
2. Ken’s Steakhouse Ranch Dressing
Nutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml): 140 calories, 15 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 290 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
Second on the list is this wonderful dressing, which shines with its extraordinary flavor and silky texture. It is one of the best price-quality options, and its consistency is simply perfect. You will find it everywhere, it is delicious and very accessible to any pocket, the best ally to transform any homemade dish into a gourmet delight.
3. Olive Garden Parmesan Ranch Dressing
Vnutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml): 150 calories, 16 g fat (2.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
Any proposal for a Ranch dressing with a novel touch or flavor can be risky, finally its classic flavor is emblematic. However, this option from Olive Garden is not only intriguing to many cheese lovers, it really does taste like Parmesan! Among its great qualities, its natural flavor and perfect consistency stand out: It is not too thick in salads, but it has body to be integrated into other types of dishes (such as hamburgers and sandwiches) without soaking them. Regarding its caloric value, in fat and sodium, it is quite average compared to the others.
4. Classic Kraft Ranch Dressing
Nutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml): 110 calories, 11 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
Kraft’s ranch dressing is a solid option and one of the most accessible, you will find it everywhere and stands out for being a quality option and one of the lowest in fat and calories. It has a great creamy texture that makes it perfect for both salads and dipping. However, for many people the flavor is not positioned as a favorite since it can be a little sweeter than others; and it lacks some garlic and onion flavor to balance it out. Still, for days with few options available Kraft’s Ranch is a classic that works well.
5. Aderezo Ranch Wish-Bone
Nutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml):130 calories, 13 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein
Wish-Bone’s Ranch Dressing is honestly not as impressive as the top three spots on the list, but it’s a very viable option if you’re in a rush. It is creamy and smooth; the texture is a little finer than other brands, but it is not a watery and disembodied product. It is a good recommendation for people who prefer a fine texture. According to experts, it is an accessible option that they rate as “good” but not “excellent.” Within the main observations it is said that it is too sweet and lacks the herbal flavor that makes the Ranch so delicious and iconic.
6. Aderezo Ranch Newman’s Own
Nutritional value per 2 tablespoons (30 ml): 130 calories, 14 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 240 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 0 g protein
Many of us love Newman’s Own products, they are distinguished by their quality and proposal and that is why many of us would think that their option of Ranch dressing would be one of the best on the list. But nevertheless, It turns out that even Newman’s Own gets it wrong sometimes. The texture is too fine, even if you only plan to consume it in salads, so if you plan to use it for dipping it is not a viable option. It also does not have a strong ranch flavor and it seems that the ingredients are somewhat disproportionate: it has too much vinegar and worst of all, a certain chemical taste! That is why it ranks last on the list.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.