Tangy, garlicky, and addictive, ranch dressing is the ultimate pizza-enhancer, but it's not always the healthiest. Our tasty, Greek yogurt-based riff is a smarter way to jazz up your pie from crust to toppings.
Ranch dressing is a hotly-debated ingredient amongst pizza aficionados. Devotees dunk their crusts in the zippy dressing without avail, while traditionalists often want nothing to do with it. No matter the opinion, one fact stands strong: America is a country of ranch lovers, so we might as well embrace it. According to 2016 data from the U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey, ranch is the most consumed salad dressing in the country (by a landslide!).
While ranch dressing typically entails a crisp, green salad, it’s common to see it blanketed over burgers and tacos or spooned into a bowl as a dip for veggies, chicken wings, and of course—pizza. From delivery shops to higher-end restaurants, pizza makers all over the country are getting in on the ranch revelry. Bruno, an innovative pizzeria in New York City, serves up a pepperoni pie drizzled with housemade ranch dressing, garlic confit, and fresh dill. Papa John’s Pizza, first known for their garlic butter sauce, offers ranch dressing as an add-on dipping sauce.
So, which side of the debate do we take? Frankly, we don’t mind a drizzle of ranch over our pie—and if dunking your crusts in the dressing tastes delicious, then by all means enjoy it. However, traditional ranch dressing packs a load of calories, fat, and sodium, so slathering it all over your slice is not the healthiest choice. Furthermore, bottled ranch dressing often contains preservatives and additives such as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). Ranch dressing only needs a few key ingredients—mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic, and herbs—so why not make it from-scratch? Below, we've developed a simple and tasty recipe that packs flavor and a punch of protein by swapping mayo for Greek yogurt.
Once you make our dressing, pour it into a squeeze bottle for easy drizzling over your slice. When choosing the actual pizza, saltier toppings such as pepperoni, ham, buffalo chicken, or bacon and raw greens such as arugula or chopped romaine will stand up best to ranch's creamy consistency and tangy flavor. Here’s a few of our top pizza picks:
- Mushroom and Arugula Pizza
- Ham and Cheese Pizza
- Bacon, Tomato, and Arugula Pizza
- Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas
- Falafel Pizza
If your sole intention is dipping your pizza crust in ranch dressing, then start with one of our delicious homemade pizza dough recipes and dunk away!