This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. You won’t believe how creamy and delicious it is!
My kids have been vegan their whole lives, so naturally there are just some foods that they have never had. However, I try my best to create vegan alternatives for all the foods that I loved as a child. For some reason, ranch dressing got overlooked, that is until I was volunteering in my oldest son’s Kindergarten class during a day when they were served carrot sticks and celery for a snack. Every kid there would only eat the veggies if they were dipped in ranch. I forgot how much kids love ranch dressing, so I was determined to figure out a recipe.
After some trial and error with proportions, I came up with a ranch dressing that is surprisingly similar to what I remember as a child. I use my immersion blender so I can whip up a batch in minutes!
Dairy Free Ranch Dressing
If you use dry ingredients, the dressing will have a mild flavor. If you use fresh garlic and herbs, it is absolutely delicious, but the flavors may be intense for kids. If you plan on using it as a dip, reduce the water by a tablespoon to make it a little thicker.
Soy milk works best in this recipe, but if you need to make it soy free, you can use any milk of your choice, just make sure that it is plain and NOT vanilla. If you use almond, coconut, or some other milk with little protein, and add a teaspoon of pea protein powder to the recipe. There has to be enough protein in it to make the chemical reaction between the acid in the vinegar and the base in the oil and milk to make the dressing thicken.
Different types of plant based milks work differently in this recipe, even different brands of soy milk will change the thickness, so you may want to add the water slowly to adjust dressing to the thickness that you desire.
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For another great vegan dressing try my Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette!