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Vegan Ranch Dressing

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This homemade vegan ranch dressing is the perfect dip or salad dressing. It had a bold ranch flavor and made with only a handful of ingredients. 

easy vegan ranch dressing recipe

Creamy vegan ranch has been something hard to find since going vegan 9+ years ago. I used to love to dip carrots in ranch, and everyone I’ve bought has missed the mark in one way or another.

I’m not sure why it took nine years to get a recipe out there, but I finally did, and it’s tasty and not missing any of the ranch flavors.

Why you’ll love this recipe


  • This is such a creamy ranch.
  • It tastes great with your favorite veggies.
  • It’s a delicious dressing.
  • It’s nut free.
  • It makes the perfect dip.
  • Easy recipe.
  • It can be whipped up in 5 minutes.
  • It has a rich, bold ranch flavor.
  • It’s made with simple ingredients.

Ingredients and substitutions


vegan ranch dressing ingredients
  • Vegan mayonnaise- my favorite is either Best Foods vegan mayo or Just Mayo. Many other brands are out there, but these two will yield the best results.
  • Vegan plain yogurt- make sure you use unsweetened, unflavored plain vegan yogurt here. I like to use a higher-fat vegan yogurt to mimic the flavor of sour cream. You can also substitute a vegan sour cream in place of this for a richer flavor. If you don’t want to use either, you can use cashew cream.
  • Lemon juice- helps make the flavor pop. I have left it out before, and it doesn’t quite hit that classic ranch flavor without it. The combination of lemon juice and the non dairy milk makes more of a buttermilk which is traditional in making regular ranch dressing. If you don’t have lemon juice, try using some vinegar.
  • Non dairy milk- you want to use unsweetened, unflavored because you don’t want any sweetness coming through. My favorite plant milk is soy milk; almond milk or oat milk can also be used. I wouldn’t use coconut milk because it has too much of a coconutty flavor.
  • Garlic powder- works great in this. You could use fresh garlic, but I like the ease of using garlic powder.
  • Onion powder- helps make that traditional ranch dressing. I would not substitute this out.
  • Dried dill- I never have fresh dill on hand, which would work great in this. But dill gives ranch that iconic flavor you’re looking for when you want some ranch. If you want to use fresh versus dried herbs, you can use 1 TB fresh.
  • Dried parsley- again, this is the same way for the dried dill. You can use fresh parsley if you prefer in the same ratio of 1 TB fresh. I would not leave this out.
  • Sea salt- salt always makes the flavor pop. You can use regular salt. It doesn’t have to be sea salt.

Check out the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe.

Taste and Texture


This has the taste and texture of classic ranch dressing. It’s a bit thicker, so I prefer to use it as a dipping sauce for fresh veggies or sweet potato fries, whatever your ranch dipping needs are. You can also use it as a vegan salad dressing.

How to make easy vegan ranch dressing


Follow these easy step-by-step instructions.

Step 1-

mixing the vegan ranch ingredients
  • In a medium bowl, combine the vegan mayonnaise, vegan yogurt, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, parsley, and sea salt.

Step 2

mix the vegan ranch
  • Mix all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined and creamy.

Step 3

  • Taste and adjust any of the ingredients if needed.

Step 4

  • Refrigerate the ranch dressing for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

Expert Tips and Tricks


  • If you want it the closest to dairy ranch, use vegan sour cream instead of vegan yogurt.
  • Use fresh lemon juice.
  • This does taste great the same day but even stronger the next day.

How to Serve


This dairy-free ranch dressing can be served as a vegetable dip, chip dip, or salad dressing.

If I were making a salad, I would add another tablespoon or so of non-dairy milk to thin it out. It has a thick creamy texture, so it’ll be a little harder to shake on salad.

You can eat this;

  • As a dip
  • On a salad
  • Dip it into a slice of pizza
  • Dip chips or pretzels
  • Drizzle on wraps
  • With french fries
  • On a veggie burger
  • With some buffalo cauliflower wings
  • Whatever your ranch needs are

How to store and freeze


vegan ranch drip with sides

Store-

This is best stored in an airtight jar like a mason jar with a lid to keep it fresh. You can keep this in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Freeze

I have never frozen this, and I don’t know how it would turn out once it dethawed.

Variations and Ad-ons


  • You can use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs. The typical ratio is 1 TB fresh to 1 tsp dried.
  • Use cashew cream or vegan sour cream in place of vegan yogurt.

Recipe FAQS


What is vegan ranch made of?

Typically dairy ranch is made with a combination of mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, and herbs. When you’re making it vegan, you make it the same, but with vegan mayo, vegan sour cream, and vegan buttermilk.

Does vegan ranch taste like ranch?

I have had many vegan ranches that did not taste nearly as tasty as ranch; that’s why I made this one. This has a robust ranch taste.

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Print Pin Rate
Prep : 5 minutes
Cook : 0 minutes
Resting time: 1 hour
Total : 5 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup vegan plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 TB unsweetened non dairy milk
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, combine the vegan mayonnaise, vegan yogurt, non-dairy milk, lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, parsley, and sea salt.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together until thoroughly combined and creamy.
  • Taste and adjust any of the ingredients if needed.
  • Refrigerate the ranch dressing for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

See blog post for recipe Q&A

Nutrition

Serving: 161 TB serving | Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 79mg | Potassium: 10mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keywords: best vegan ranch, best vegan ranch recipe, easy vegan ranch
Author: Courtneys Homestead
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