Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

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.

This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com

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

2017-03-21

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Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/3 cup PLAIN soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tsp dry parsley or herb of choice or 1 TBS fresh herbs
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder or 1 clove of fresh garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tsp white vinegar
  • 3-4 TBS water until desired thickness
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
Directions
  • Step 1 Put all the ingredients except for the water into a blender (or immersion blender)
  • Step 2 Blend for about 30 seconds
  • Step 3 Add water a tablespoon at a time, blending between each one until desired thickness
  • Step 4 Store in an air tight container or bottle

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.

This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com
Add choice of milk, oil, seasonings, and vinegar.
This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com
Blend a few seconds until creamy.
This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com
Add water to adjust to desired thickness.

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.

This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com

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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This Dairy Free Ranch Dressing is vegan, gluten free, cholesterol free, and can be made soy free too. thehiddenveggies.com

For another great vegan dressing try my Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette!

It is hard to believe this delicious maple bacon vinaigrette salad is vegan and gluten free and has no food dyes or preservatives – just the best flavor combination for a delicious salad. thehiddenveggies.com