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Have you been looking for a dairy-free ranch recipe that actually tastes good? I’ll be honest, I have been dairy-free for 5 whole years and have never – not once – tried to make a dairy-free ranch dressing recipe until recently. I have tried just about every brand that I have been able to find locally over the years.
There are a few that I love – Tessemae’s is my #1 go-to…
But the problem is that most gluten and dairy-free salad dressing brands have eggs in them too. And if you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that in addition to being gluten-free and dairy-free, I also eat an egg-free diet too. Read more about that here.
So while I used to LOVE ranch dressing long before I gave up dairy… and certainly long after I gave up eggs, I just couldn’t really enjoy it. I came to grips with the fact that it wasn’t a food that was going to be in my diet if I didn’t make it myself. I was just too intimidated… how could a creamy-based dressing taste good without all the good-tasting stuff in it? For some strange reason, I felt like taking on making my own was just too much work and frankly, just was never going to happen.
I finally gave it a shot. I found a recipe online and doing what I always do… didn’t follow it at all. But I did see what the main ingredients were and went about creating my own version.
So here’s the truth about this gluten, dairy, and egg-free ranch dressing recipe….
It doesn’t taste exactly like the ranch dressing you’re used to when you’re eating dairy.
BUT it IS good to dip veggies in, on salads, and put on burgers or dip your fries into.
Bottom line: It isn’t the ranch you grew up with, but it’s still delicious and actually probably a little better for you too.
Here’s what you’ll need for your own dairy-free egg-free ranch dressing:
- vegan mayo (I used Just Mayo)
- full-fat coconut milk from a can
- apple cider vinegar
- dried parsley
- dried dill
- dried snipped chives
- garlic powder
- onion powder
The thing I learned about making my own dairy and egg-free ranch dressing at home is that it’s all about the combination of the flavors, not the individual flavors themselves. I think if you wanted to make this dressing with fresh ingredients – fresh herbs, garlic, and even fresh minced onion – that it would probably be delicious.
But for the sake of making this really easy – and impossible to mess up, I wanted to make this using dried herbs that I know I’ll have in my pantry all the time, so I can make it whenever I want. Instead of making this some huge effort and project that feels daunting, I want this to be a recipe I can whip up any time I get a craving or my salad needs a little ranch love.
Here’s how my gluten-free dairy-free egg-free ranch dressing came together:
Gluten-free Dairy-free Egg-free Ranch Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup mayo (I used Just Mayo brand)
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp dried dill
- 1/2 tsp dried snipped chives
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine. The dressing ready to serve right away but tastes better as the flavors mingle for a while in the fridge. You can also buzz this up in your food processor if you want the herbs to break up a little more too. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
After I made this the very first time, I felt kind of foolish for making it into this big deal that I had made myself live without for so long. With how easy it was to throw some mayo, coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, and some herbs and spices into a bowl… I was living without a food that I just didn’t need to.
Please please please learn from my mistake here: don’t be afraid to try to recreate a food that you think won’t taste good if it’s gluten-free or dairy-free… it may be SUPER simple – and delicious. You won’t have to live without something you love just because you aren’t eating gluten, dairy, or eggs anymore.
So how do I plan to use this gluten-free dairy-free egg-free ranch dressing now that I’ve made it? Ahh, let me count the ways…
- On salads… so. many. salads.
- On stuffed potatoes
- As a topping for burgers
- In lettuce wraps
- On sandwiches
- In GF pasta salad
- On chicken
- Mixed into hummus
- On homemade gluten-free dairy-free pizza
- With homemade chicken strips
- Mixed with BBQ sauce for BBQ ranch dressing
- In mashed potatoes
You get the idea… all the ways I’ve been missing ranch for the last 5 years of my life, it’s going to find it’s way back into my diet again, because this recipe is so easy!
What’s your favorite way to eat ranch dressing? Have you been living without it if you’re dairy or egg-free? Share in the comments below!
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