Homemade Ranch Dressing (GF + Vegan-Friendly)

Homemade Ranch Dressing (GF + Vegan-Friendly)

Homemade Ranch Dressing is made with fridge and pantry staples, gluten-free, and easily made vegan, too! This recipe is a must-have for ranch-lovers!

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Where are my ranch lovers at?! (Hands raised and waving wildly here.)

The other day I was wondering when and where and why and how ranch dressing became a “thing” so I turned to the most trusted source on the internet – Wikipedia – to find out. That’s a joke, but actually…I did start there. Anyway, the story begins with an Alaskan dude ranch in the 50s, and concludes with a University of Iowa student (<<< DYING!) in the present day.

Well, I’ll need to edit the Wiki article to add that America’s favorite salad dressing is not only super simple to make at home, but it’s gluten-free and easily made vegan (ie no dairy or eggs), too!

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I have to admit that I’ve become a bit of a ranch snob over the past couple of years. Like many people, my ranch obsession began in college (hello O.P. breadsticks + ranch dream team!) and it’s not an exaggeration to say that I ate ranch almost every single day my freshman year. I mean, we used to dunk our damn dining hall lasagna into big bowls of ranch dressing. WHYYY?

Today the ranch obsession is still strong (I mean, not lasagna strong,) but I opt for ranch dressing options with a cleaner ingredient list – which I realize is an incredibly millennial thing to say, though I am technically a Xennial, thank you very much. All that to say, a couple years ago I discovered Tessemae’s Ranch Dressing which has an awesome, short ingredient list, and is dairy-free so Lincoln can eat it too, but the dressing contains eggs which doesn’t work for my current diet eliminating egg for Gwen’s allergy. So, what’s a ranch lover with no egg-free ranch options to do?!

MAKE HER OWN!

Homemade ranch dressing is one of the easiest things you can whip up in just a couple of minutes at home, and I cannot TELL you how tasty it is with the following:

  • Homemade fries
  • Tater tots
  • Pizza
  • Carrots
  • Snap Peas
  • Sweet peppers
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Chicken
  • Burgers
  • And fine…LASAGNA!

All you need is mayonnaise (more on vegan mayo options below,) apple cider vinegar, milk (any kind, I use almond milk,) and dried herbs and spices. Whisk it up, stash in the fridge, utilize often. Let’s do it!

Carrot stick dipping into Homemade Ranch Dressing that's gluten-free and vegan too.

All you need is one bowl to make Homemade Ranch Dressing! Fill it up with 1 cup mayonnaise, 6 Tablespoons milk (any kind, I use unsweetened almond milk,) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, 1 teaspoon each dried chives, garlic powder, and onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill,plus salt and pepper to taste, then whisk to combine.

Again, I use vegan mayonnaise because it doesn’t contain eggs, but you can use whatever kind of mayonnaise you like. I like Hellman’s vegan version, and have also made this ranch with Earth Balance Vegan Mayonnaise. I’m dying to try this recipe with Sir Kensington’s Fabanaise, which is vegan mayo made with aquafaba (!!) instead of eggs, but haven’t found it near me yet.

FYI: I have not tested this recipe with Greek yogurt or sour cream or anything other then vegan mayo.

That’s all she wrote! Pour the dressing into a jar with a tight fitting lid, or container, then keep in the refrigerator for all your ranch-related needs for 1-2 weeks. I hope you love this tasty homemade ranch dressing recipe as much I as I have lately! Enjoy!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Ingredients

MAKES 1 CUP

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegan mayo)
  • 6 Tablespoons milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl then whisk until smooth. Add more milk to thin dressing out if desired. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
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