January 14, 2021

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is perfect drizzled on salads, served as a dip for veggies, or even as dip for buffalo wings or potato wedges! This dressing is creamy, cool, tangy, and packed full of flavor from fresh herbs. It is also Whole30 compliant, Keto-friendly, and Paleo. 

The Best Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

There is really nothing like a good ranch dressing and having a healthier version of the classic can be a game changer when you are trying to fuel your body with healthy, whole real food ingredients.

This delicious dairy-free ranch dressing is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes to together in just a few minutes. It’s perfect drizzled over salads or as a dip for veggies or wings!

Is Ranch Dressing Usually Dairy Free?

Ranch dressing usually not dairy free and often gets its tang from buttermilk. This recipe uses a few simple ingredients to mimic that tangy flavor while still keeping the dressing dairy-free.

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ranch dressing ingredients

Dressing Ingredients

Mayonnaise: This forms the creamy dairy-free base of the ranch dressing. Be sure to look for a high quality mayonnaise made with healthy fats like avocado oil.

Full Fat Coconut Milk: Another key ingredient for keeping this dressing dairy-free is full fat coconut milk. It has a similar consistency to heavy cream and a mild flavor that works well in the dressing.

Lemon Juice: Adds brightness and tang to the dressing. Be sure to use freshly squeezed!

Apple Cider Vinegar: Another ingredient that adds a little tang to the dressing.

Dijon Mustard: A little bit of this goes a long way to add. extra flavor to the dressing.

Fresh Herbs and Garlic: This ranch dressing gets most of its flavor from a variety of fresh herbs and garlic. Fresh parsley, dill, and chives all come together to create a delicious dressing.

ranch dressing ingredients in blender

How to Make The Best Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

This dairy-free ranch dressing could not be easier to make. Once you have all of your ingredients, it will take just a few minutes to pull together the dressing.

 Step One: Add all of the dressing ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor.

Step Two: Pulse or blend the dressing until smooth creamy.

Step Three: Give the dressing a taste and adjust the level of salt and pepper based on your personal preference.

ranch dressing in blender with herbs

Storage

You can store this dressing in an air-tight container in the fridge for 5-7 days. I love using a mason jar with a lid for storage.

Ways to Serve

WHOLE30 CRISPY BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS

HOMEMADE CHICKEN NUGGETS

HEALTHY CHICKEN TACO SALAD

BUFFALO RANCH CHICKEN NUGGETS

SLOW COOKER CHIPOTLE BEEF BURRITO BOWLS

CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN THIGHS

CRISPY PORK CARNITAS

EASY SALMON BURRITO BOWLS

BUFFALO CHICKEN BITES

SHEET PAN CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS

ranch dressing in ramekin and salad

Tips and Tricks

  • Use fresh garlic, not jarred pre-minced garlic or powder. I know that garlic can be a pain to peel but trust me, the flavor of the fresh stuff is worth it.
  • Use full fat canned coconut milk for the best results. You can usually find full fat coconut milk in the Asian ingredients aisle of your local grocery store. If it does not specify “light” on the can then it is full fat.
  • Adjust the seasoning to satisfy your tastebuds. As with all recipes, you can adjust the seasoning to to your liking. Feel free to use less salt or more than the recipe calls for.
  • Keep this recipe Whole30 compliant. If you need to be sure that your dairy free ranch dressing is Whole30 compliant, be sure to use a Whole30 compliant mayonnaise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use almond milk instead of coconut milk? 

I have not tested this ranch dressing with almond milk and I personally think it would be a bit too watery if used. If you cannot tolerate coconut milk, feel free to give almond milk a try and see what you think!

What can I substitute for mayo? 

I have not tried it in this recipe but if you do not like mayo, and do not need to keep the recipe dairy-free, you can try using full-fat plain Greek yogurt or sour cream as a substitute for the mayonnaise.

Can I use dried herbs instead of fresh? 

If you do not have fresh herbs, you can try using dried herbs for this recipe instead. The standard conversion for fresh herbs to dried herbs is one teaspoon of dried herbs for every tablespoon of fresh herbs. Once the ranch is blended, give it a taste and play around with the amount of dried herbs to reach your desired taste.

More Dressings, Dips, Sauces, and Condiments You Will Love

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Dairy Free Jalapeño Ranch Dressing

Quick Pickled Onions

Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

Dairy Free Basil Spinach Pesto

ranch dressing in ramekin

hope you give this Dairy Free Ranch Dressing a try! It is so easy to make and perfect as a dressing, sauce, or dip.

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Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: Casey Colodny / THE MINDFUL HAPA

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Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whole30 compliant mayonnaise 
  • ¾ cup full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. 
  2. Give the dressing a taste and adjust the salt and pepper as needed.

Keywords: dairy free ranch dressing, whole30 ranch dressing, healthy ranch dressing

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    15 comments
  1. I just made this with coconut yogurt (i.e. unsweetened yogurt made from coconut milk) and it is fantastic! The thickness of the coconut yogurt made this the perfect consistency for a ranch dip. Thank you!

    • You’re welcome, MJ! I’m so glad you made the recipe work for you! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This ranch is SO easy and even tastier than store bought. I like to drizzle it over my salads and bowls for lunch, super tasty!

  3. I literally keeping saying “Wow!” over and over again as I ate my salad with this dressing on it! I am three days into a dairy free diet with my son, who has had some stomach issues that I suspect are related to dairy. He is my pickiest eater, and doesn’t like much. He loved this dressing, and as soon as he tasted it he said I need to make it again. I personally do not like ranch dressing, but I think this is delicious! I almost cried because I was so happy to have found a dairy free ranch dressing that my son loves!

  4. This dressing was AMAZING! I used regular Mayo and it was a hit with the entire family. My daughter might’ve preferred to drink it, in fact, because it was so delicious!

  5. I tried this with Vegan Mayo and OMGEEEE!!!! Literally what I’ve been looking for! All of the vegan ranch dressings taste too vingery but THIS RIGHT HERE?!! My my!!

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