Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing
The Spruce
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
142 Calories
14g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 142
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 170mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 11mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 23mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This homemade vegan ranch dressing is a great option for people who can't eat eggs or dairy or choose not to do so. Creamy and delicious, with the perfect balance of seasonings, our easy recipe for ranch dressing might stop you from buying packaged ranch altogether. Made from vegan mayonnaise, herbs, and seasonings, our dressing has the perfect tang and bold flavors that you'd expect from ranch. Great for dipping chips and crudités, this sauce can double as a salad dressing, but it might also be your new favorite addition to cold potato and pasta salads. Besides, it keeps very well in the refrigerator, so you can make it and use it during the week—if you can resist eating all of it in one meal!

Note that although soy milk and other non-dairy milk substitutes such as almond, rice, or coconut milk often can be used interchangeably, this particular recipe will work best with plain or unsweetened soy milk. Anything else may slightly change the taste of the finished dressing.

Besides providing a dairy and egg-free alternative, this recipe is also nut-free. Depending on the vegan mayonnaise you buy, this ranch dressing potentially can be gluten-free, but it depends on if the mayonnaise has wheat-based ingredients that are commonly used as emulsifiers and thickeners. Double-check your labels before buying. We recommend using apple cider vinegar for the best flavor, but in a pinch, you can use white.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup soy milk

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 1 dash ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, or white

  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill; finely chopped

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather Ingredients for Vegan Ranch Dressing
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  2. Place all of the ingredients except for the parsley and the dill in a blender or food processor and process it all together until smooth and creamy.

    process the ingredients until creamy
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  3. Add in the fresh chopped parsley and the dill and pulse together just until the parsley and dill are both very finely minced. 

    Herbs for vegan ranch dressing
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  4. Taste test, and adjust the seasonings to your liking, adding more salt or pepper.

    Seasoning vegan ranch dressing
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  5. Transfer to a small bowl or serving container and place in the fridge. The dressing will thicken slightly and set as it cools.

    Homemade vegan ranch dressing
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  6. Enjoy!

How to Use Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan ranch is perfect to use as an accompaniment to many vegan dishes like cauliflower wings, fried mushrooms, or simply as a dip for vegetables or chips. Here are other ideas on how to make the best out of this tasty dressing:

  • Combine your favorite cooked pasta with the vegan ranch, adding finely diced peppers, red onions, black olives, cherry tomatoes, and diced celery to make a quick and delicious vegan pasta salad. Likewise, you can see it on cubed cooked potatoes, adding other vegetables to make a vegan potato salad.
  • Use abundant dressing on chopped romaine hearts, adding a generous amount of vegan parmesan cheese to make a deliciously creamy salad. Radicchio and endives also go great with this dressing.
  • Serve the dressing with vegan burgers or hot dogs, or use it as a spread on vegan sandwiches or wraps.
  • Use leftover rice, cooked peas and carrots, canned garbanzos, and ranch dressing to make a refreshing rice salad.
  • Add a bit extra mayonnaise and less soy milk to make a thicker dressing to use with vegan empanadas or turnovers.