March 1, 2021

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Jar of ranch dressing behind a fresh green salad. Green text above.
Jar of ranch dressing behinda a fresh green salad.
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Jar of ranch dressing in front of a jug full.

This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing recipe is rich and creamy and simple to make. So fun and creative and then use this vegan homemade ranch dressing on tacos, appetizers, salads, as a dip and so much more.

Jarful of dairy free ranch dressing with a jugful behind.

Whether it is the beginning of a new year or hovering around the holidays I am always trying to be my best self. One of the ways I can do this is by improving the way I eat.

Do you know you can have a plant-based ranch dressing with just a speck of the fats as the original? It’s true!

I’ve mentioned before that we get a lot of families visiting throughout the year.

Something that I have missed having on hand is ranch dressing. My husband doesn’t use it and I am vegan so those are good reasons why it doesn’t show up in our refrigerator.

Fresh green salad on a white plate and drizzled witha salad dressing.

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I remember, way back when, that I use to really like ranch dressing and for some reason, it seems to have become a favorite for the whole world. At least in my little world.

Since I have become so adventurous this year with homemade condiments such as my vegan mayo, Homemade Almond Mayonnaise, I thought why not tackle ranch dressing.

Is ranch dressing vegan

Ranch has become one of the most popular condiments. I even have a nephew who will take it over ketchup any time.

But the original is not even close to being vegan. Luckily it is easy to make homemade ranch dressing and you can use it by the jarful just like everybody else.

Plateful of a fresh salad drizzled with dairy free ranch dressing.

What are some ways to use ranch dressing

  • Spread it on pizza crust or flatbread for a pizza.
  • Use it as a dip for sweet potato fries, french fries, and zucchini chips.
  • As a dip for roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • In a southwest style lettuce wrap.
  • Drizzled over roasted red potatoes.
  • As a dip for buffalo cauliflower bites.
  • In a baked rice casserole.
  • Mixed into your favorite hummus.
  • Tossed in a bowtie pasta salad.
  • Tossed with pumpkin seeds and spices to roast for a snack.
  • Add a dollop and mix it into mashed potatoes.
  • Drizzle it on grilled corn on the cob.
  • Grill small red or gold potatoes that have been cut in half and then skewered. After the kebab gets to your plate drizzle ranch all over the potatoes.
  • Use it as a spread on a bean burger.

In fact, check out these Ranch Cauliflower Tacos! They are so good and unique!

It was fun trying to figure out the seasonings for this dairy free ranch dressing recipe. I figured there was dill and probably a vinegar but the other seasonings were a hit and miss. Even when I missed they weren’t too bad.

A jar full of a white salad dressing with iced tea behind.

Finally, a perfect mix and the subtle flavor of apple cider vinegar really makes this ranch dressing a favorite

It is easy and delicious. I hope you will give it a try.

Ingredients

  • Cashews are a favorite addition to fresh flavors and protein. They turn out creamy with no waste when blended.
  • Dairy-free milk adds flavor and the necessary liquid for this creamy dressing.
  • Apple cider vinegar has a mild tang flavor and is delicious in dressings as a substitute for sharper red vinegar.
  • Maple syrup is that healthier sweetener that we all love.
  • Onion powder is powerful so a little goes a long way and adds a lot of flavor.
  • Dries parsley has a bit of a peppery taste.
  • Chives add another nice and necessary underlying flavor.
  • Dried dill weed adds a surprising tangy flavor.
  • Ground black pepper is very spicy so don’t use much but you need it.
Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Instructions

  • Soak the cashews for at least an hour. If you have a fancy high speed blender or food processor then you can skip the soaking.
  • Drain and put the soaked cashews in a food processor.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.
  • Check the thickness. Add more dairy-free milk, if needed, to get the consistency of dressing.
  • Pour into a container and store in the refrigerator.
  • The flavors will meld after resting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours but you can still use it immediately.

FAQ’s

How long will ranch dressing keep in the refrigerator

It lasts surprisingly long. About 2 weeks but I don’t think you’ll have it that long.

Is dairy free ranch dressing keto

Not really. Cashews have too many carbs for you to enjoy freely.

Is ranch dressing gluten free

This dairy free ranch dressing recipe is! It’s vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free if you don’t use soy milk.

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📋 Recipe

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing - rich and creamy and simple to make from scratch.

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Ginny McMeans

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is rich and creamy and simple to make.

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5 from 5 votes

Prep Time 10 mins

Total Time 10 mins

Course Sauces, Dressings, Condiments

Cuisine Salad Dressing

Servings 16 Ounces

Calories 56 kcal

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup cashews – soaked in water for at least an hour
  • ¾ cup dairy-free milk – I used Almondmilk
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • Drain and put the soaked cashews in a food processor. Add all of the remaining ingredients. Process until smooth.

  • Add more dairy-free milk, if needed, to get the consistency of dressing.

  • The flavors will meld after resting in the refrigerator for a couple of hours but you can still use it immediately.

  • Pour into container and store in refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 2OuncesCalories: 56kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 68mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 1.1mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 0.7mg

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