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Packed with flavor, this homemade Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing is ready in just 5 minutes. Made with pantry staples, it is wonderful on salads or as a vegan ranch dip.

Ranch dressing/dip is a in many homes, but if you’re dairy-free, the options can be…less than ideal. As in, not good. Blah. Weird.

But this creamy homemade ranch dressing has that classic ranch taste without any dairy. It’s so good and so simple!

If you’re not dairy-free, you’ll want to check out our Yogurt Ranch Dressing recipe. It’s delicious and has zero Weight Watcher’s points (if that’s your jam).

Ingredients & Substitutions

For the base of this recipe, you can use mayo (homemade or a dairy-free/vegan storebought version), full-fat coconut cream, or cashew cream. For coconut cream, use the solid portion of a can of full-fat coconut milk. Pro tip: use a food processor for the smoothest results when working with coconut cream.

I’m not a huge mayo fan, so I love how cashew cream makes this ranch super rich and smooth. You can find instructions for making cashew cream in this dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipe.

If you’d like to make this into a vegan ranch dip, add the cashew milk 1 tbsp at a time until it has reached the consistency you’re looking for. You will also love our Avocado Ranch Dressing.


This dressing is best if consumed in 5-7 days, but we’ve enjoyed it for up to two weeks.

Mix up a double or triple batch of all the dried ingredients and store in an air-tight container for even easier homemade ranch next time!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • The recipe calls for dried herbs, but feel free to use fresh if you’d like. You’ll need to use a 1:3 ratio for dry to fresh. So, instead of 1 tsp of dried parsley, you’d use 3 tsp (1 tbsp) of fresh chopped parsley.
  • If you have a packet of powdered ranch dip that you prefer, feel free to use that instead of the listed seasonings.
  • Try fresh green (spring) onion or minced shallots instead of dried chives. Both will give you an amazing flavor, so let your spice cabinet and fridge dictate the end product.
  • You need to allow the vegan ranch dressing to sit in the fridge for a good two to three hours to really develop the flavor. 


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Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Packed with flavor, this homemade Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is ready in just 5 minutes.




  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together to combine. Place in the fridge for at least two hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.
  • Store in a lidded container in the fridge for 5-7 days.


To use fresh herbs instead of dried, you’ll need to use a 1:3 ratio.


Serving: 2tbspCalories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 192mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 344IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
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