Delicious Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

Delicious Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing Recipe
Makes 1.5 cups
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 5 minutes

I recently posted this recipe on mindbodygreen, and wanted to share it here with you, too.

I never really liked ranch dressing until I had the homemade version—now I’m in love. This tangy dressing is full of flavor and goes with just about anything.


Store-bought ranch dressing is full of processed ingredients and chemical preservatives, so dipping your fresh, antioxidant-rich veggies in it doesn’t really make sense. And dipping your pizza in it makes it even worse!

Making this homemade vegan / dairy-free ranch dressing is better for your taste buds and better for your health. Plus, it’s really easy to make. Store it in a Mason jar in your refrigerator or take it to a summer BBQ to impress your friends.

I use a mix of dried and fresh herbs in this dressing, but you can mix it up depending on what you have on-hand. Keeping dried herbs around is a great, cost-effective way to add fantastic flavor to your food. Shop in the bulk aisle for herbs if you don’t think you’ll use the entire bottle within about six months, as they’ll start to lose their flavor and potency.

Fresh chives are super easy to grow and come back every year, so I almost always have fresh available. And nothing beats the taste of fresh dill. If you want to switch up the herbs, remember that dried herbs are more potent than fresh; I like to use a 2:1 ratio of fresh to dry. For instance, you can substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill for 2 teaspoons fresh.

Raw garlic is a wonderful healing superfood, and it’s also very strong. If you think raw garlic is too strong of a flavor for your family or party guests, just use granulated garlic powder; I give you both options below. I usually use fresh for the health benefits when making this myself, but I also like to be mindful of people leaving a party at my house and tasting garlic when they wake up in the morning.

Delicious Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

dairy-free ranch dressing vegan - Elizabeth Rider

Prep Time: 5 mintues
Total Time: 5 Minutes
Yields about 1½ cups


  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened plain nut milk or water
  • 1 small garlic clove finely minced or pressed, OR ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped chives
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • dash fresh ground black pepper, or to taste


Whisk all ingredients together then transfer to an airtight glass container to store in the refrigerator—a Mason jar works perfectly.

Add more or less unsweetened plain nut milk or water to your desired consistency. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to develop—it’s even better the next day. It will keep for about a week, so halve or double the recipe if needed.

Add it to your favorite salad, an avocado wrap or use it as a dip for fresh summer veggies.


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  • Holly

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented on a recipe before, but I always appreciate when I see a comment of someone who has ACTUALLY made it! And this recipe turned out so wonderfully, I just had to let the rest of the world know! I’m going dairy-free for the third time now (thanks to babies who have dairy allergies), but this pregnancy I’ve had such a hankering for salads with ranch. I was so worried I’d have to give it up completely, until I found this recipe and it is perfect! It really does work for a salad dressing, but it so delicious as a veggie dip as well. I even shared it with a friend who is also dairy-free and she loved it and the rest of her family (who are not dairy-free) finished it off that same day! Thank you SO much for saving my pregnant, dairy-free, mama cravings!

    • Holly, this is so great to hear! Glad it works for you. Recipes like this prove that healthy eating doesn’t require sacrifice! :) ~E

  • Veronica

    Oh my goodness!! This was soooooo delicious, and easy, which is definitely a big plus!! I didn’t have dill so I added a little bit of dried green onions to give it ‘texture and thickness.’ I also added a little more water so that it would have more of a salad dressing consistency. It was amazing!! Thanks for sharing. YUM!!

  • Sarah Rubenstein

    Amazing. Whole family loved it. Thank you!

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