Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

Best Vegan Ranch Dressing that is dairy-free and oil-free! Made with cashews, yogurt, vinegar and spices!

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Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a lovely Christmas break and new year. It was a party over here but not in the way of fireworks or drinking. Haha. We have been having a lot of work done on our house. All new carpet was installed because we've been in the house for about 12 years and it was looking pretty bad. Think...6 year old, paints, markers, cats that throw up, etc. Lol. We also had our master bathroom shower and tub redone and it looks beautiful. We also did some painting and some major cleaning out of closets and clutter and got rid of SO MUCH stuff. I can't even tell you how much junk we had that just needed to go. Stuff that has sat in boxes for years. I got rid of so much of my wardrobe too. Feels good to get rid of so much clutter and start fresh.

Now, to kick off this new year, we need a bangin' Vegan Ranch Dressing for all of those salads that everybody wants to eat at the beginning of each new year, right? Now, I already have a really delicious and popular oil-free original ranch dressing. Readers love it and it has been pinned over 100k times but I'm always aiming to improve things and I knew I could make it taste even more authentic and amazing and guess what, I did. It is so delicious, creamy and my daughter couldn't stop dipping her cucumber slices in it!

I used my original recipe as the base but changed up a couple of things and it is incredible. All my spices are the same but for that truly tangy and authentic taste and texture, I subbed most of the milk with yogurt! Oh boy did it improve that flavor! I used the same amount of vinegar but swapped the apple cider vinegar with white vinegar and it was just perfect. Just enough vinegar to compliment the tang of the yogurt without it being overpowering. I found this to taste so much like the classic ranch and my family agreed. My hubby (Mr. Picky) called it "spot on" and "brilliant". Since my Vegan Cream Cheese Alfredo uses both yogurt and white vinegar and the taste was so tangy and superb, I knew ever since that post that I wanted to try it in ranch and I'm so glad I did.

Unlike many versions online, this one uses NO mayo and NO oil! To make this vegan ranch, you will need (+salt):

  • raw cashews
  • non-dairy yogurt
  • non-dairy milk (I used "lite" canned coconut milk)
  • white vinegar
  • dry mustard
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • dried dill

Step 1:

Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.

Step 2:

Place in the fridge to chill until thickened.

Easy enough right?

I hope you love this Best Vegan Ranch Dressing as much as we do!



Yields 1 1/4 cups

Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

Best Vegan Ranch Dressing that is dairy-free and oil-free! Made with cashews, yogurt, vinegar and spices!

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5 minTotal Time

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5 based on 11 review(s)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 heaping cup (75g) raw unsalted cashews (use sunflower kernels if allergic but keep in mind it will yield a different flavor)
  • 1/2 cup (120g) non-dairy unsweetened plain yogurt, I used SoDelicious coconut (I would advise against low-fat or almond versions)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) canned "lite" coconut milk, shaken first (or soy milk, but I preferred the taste of the coconut)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (23g) white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • Flavor variations: I tested this as other flavors too that were outstanding. Try any 3 of these separate versions with 2 tablespoons (30g) of fined diced of the following: chopped green or black olives, chopped green chiles or chopped pickled jalapenos.

Instructions

  1. If you do not have a high-powered blender like a Vitamix, then you will need to soak your cashews overnight in a bowl of water, otherwise your dressing will be gritty. Drain, rinse and proceed.
  2. Add all of the ingredients, except the dill, to a blender and process for a couple of minutes, stopping to scrape the sides, until completely smooth. The dressing will be on the runny side but will thicken a lot in the fridge. Pour the dressing into a container and stir in the dried dill. This is so it is visible in the end dressing and does not turn the dressing green when blended.
  3. Store in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill and thicken some before using.
  4. It will thicken up a lot like a dip overnight so give it a good stir before use. You can slightly thin it out with a tad of water and an extra splash of vinegar if needed. The dressing is good for a week in the fridge.

Notes

Nutrition per 2 tablespoons: 58 calories, 4.3g fat, 1.3g protein, 4.4g carbs, .6g fiber, 1.4g sugar, 177mg sodium

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64 Comments

  1. I am glad to hear you are doing well! Love the yogurt addition. Non-dairy yogurt is so versatile and there are so many varieties to choose from! :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Heather! The yogurt really took it up a notch!
  2. Doesn't the use of coconut So Delicious yogurt and canned Lite coconut milk greatly increase the fat content of thgis dressing? Do you have the fat grams per serving? It does sound delicious but I am trying to eat low fat. Thanks so much.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, it contains fat because I'm trying to make it taste as much as the original dairy ranch as possible. Low-fat is not going to do that. It has fat, yes, but unlike regular ranch, it contains No mayo or oil, so it's still a much healthier alternative. Since I was going for the "best" here, I wanted it to taste as close to real ranch as possible, which means fat is necessary. It's also very rich and creamy, so you don't need much though. I don't have the nutrition yet since I was rushing to get it up but I will get it up later today after my appointment.
  3. Have you tried this with beans instead of cashews? Cashews are so expensive, and full of fat, too.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Trisha, I have not but I have subbed white beans before in place of cashews and I personally do not like the taste of it at all. I don't like the beany or grainy taste of the beans, it's just not going to be the same quality of a ranch with beans and it would also make it runnier, but that is up to you if you want to try it. Since I was going for the "best" here, I wanted it to taste as close to real ranch as possible, which means fat is necessary.
  4. Making this today! I actually found the yogurt where I live, which is unusual. It's fate. 😉 I LOVE your other version, so I can't wait to try this one! ❤️ So no celery seed in this one then?
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh awesome Lisa, let me know what you think! Yes, that's correct, no celery seed! Just didn't feel it needed it.
  5. This looks incredible! I am SUCH a huge fan of ranch dressing and it's absolutely one of the things I miss most about dairy! Haven't been able to create or find a really good alternative yet, so I'm excited to try this one! Thanks for sharing :)
    • "Just" brand dressings are very good, too. We love the ranch and Caesar. Their mayor and yummy as well! Our local atorr has it down with the regular dressings.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      It's just as good as regular Heather, I hope you love it!
  6. This ranch is the real deal. Now I love the original ranch you created as well, but this one is just one step above and seriously you'll think you are eating dairy ranch. My son said it's as good as Jason's deli jalapeno ranch. I did pulse in some diced jalapenos and some juice from the jar. It's awesome.
  7. My husband is the only one in the family who would be using this. Is there substitutions for the coconut ingredients. He is very allergic to coconut. It closes up his throat.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yes, I listed that soy can be used! :)
  8. What a great a way to start the new year! The other ranch is a favorite so very much looking forward to trying this one! Bring on ALL THE LETTUCE! Thank you Brandi!
  9. Wow this looks incredible. I love your original ranch dressing recipe so I am very excited to try this one. I will buy the ingredients this Saturday I can't wait. I have my eyes on those chickpeas. I would love to see an oil free roasted chickpea recipe from you they look delicious. :P I love roasted chickpeas but never eat them anymore because of the oil. Anyway thanks so much for the salad dressing recipe. I eat so many salads so this is an extremely useful recipe for me. :P
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Christina! So glad to hear you love the original because this one is even more authentic! Can't wait to hear what you think :)
  10. 6 year old, paints, markers, cats that throw up 😂😂 yep, I can relate! Also throw in a very accident prone husband. I’m sure our carpets looked the same! Haha!! How exciting to have new carpet AND a bathroom redone - I bet it all looks amazing. Doesn’t it feel so good to just get rid of stuff??? We did another huge purge last year and it’s always such an eye opener and you feel lighter (both literally and metaphorically)! Ok, but let’s talk about ranch dressing!! I love your original recipe, but I can definitely see how this one is a game changer...yogurt and vinegar...I can almost taste the tanginess already!! And if mr. picky said this is spot on, it’s gotta be gooooood! I have all of the ingredients on hand, so I will have to make it this weekend!! Happy New Year, Brandi! ❤️
    • Whenever I see a recipe title with "The Best" in it, I try not to get too excited because in the past, I've been let down quite a bit...left feeling "meh" about the outcome and taste. BUT....HOLY FREAKING WHOA. This ranch dressing is hands down THE BEST I've ever had!!!! Even thinking back to my dairy eating days, ranch dressing never tasted so goooooooood!!! I literally said holy crap when I stole a taste. You seriously nailed the flavor, mama! Tangy, but not too tangy, rich in flavor (with the right amount of dill), perfect texture, and I love the subtle sweetness from the coconut milk...and I used COYO's unsweetened plain yogurt, which is super thick and rich. I made this for part of our meal prep for the weekend and next week, but I highly doubt this batch will last very long! I couldn't stop dipping raw broccoli in it and Willow licked the Vitamix clean :) I know for a fact that this will be a staple in our house! Awesome recipe, my friend! xo
      • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
        Oh yay!!! Thank you so much my friend for making it and so quickly! Your feedback made my day!! I'm just ecstatic you loved it so much! I felt it was spot on too and so did Jay, so I'm so happy you loved it just as much! I have been eating it on everything, lol, even my curry chickpea sandwiches! Haha...I don't blame Willow one bit, thank you so much for making it! xx
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hahaha...right, seriously the barf markings were all over our hall and master bedroom, so disgusting!! Our house smells brand new now with all the new carpet and pain and it's so nice not to have to look at the gross carpet anymore, haha. Not to mention, it was embarassing. And yes, there is so much stuff I have held on for way too many years and it's nice to get rid of stuff we honestly never use! Thank you so much my friend!
  11. I have made a lot of homemade vegan ranch over the years, and I can say without a doubt that this is the best one yet! My kids are very particular when it comes to ranch and usually only like a well-known but rather expensive brand. This recipe has finally changed that! It really is delicious and so close to traditional ranch. Definitely keeping this in rotation. Thank you!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! Thank you Kristin for this amazing review! So glad you found it to be the "best" as well! Thank you for making it so quickly!
  12. Oooh that pour shot😍 Creamy as can be not clumpily plopping at all (like pretty much every dressing photoshoot I've ever attempted lol). I'm all for not going veg crazy just because it's a new year, but I am also all for eating all the veggies when there is a yummy dip to go with. Entire bag of baby carrots? No problemo! The yogurt swap seems meant to be and so interesting that the type of vinegar made such a difference. I love the flavor/spice profile of ranch, there is a reason it's every kids fave dressing and as per usual I'm with em😊 That is so so exciting (and crazy I'm sure) on the house renovations, I bet it looks amazing! A closet/stuff cleanse for January is something I can fully get behind--love that big trip to goodwill feeling🤗
  13. this came so in time for tonight. I was looking for a good dressing for my broccoli salad and here it was. We loved it thank you
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      I'm so happy you enjoyed it Kerstin, thank you for the feedback!
  14. Yay, this looks so good!
  15. Just knew I had to make this tonight considering how much I loved your vegan cream cheese alfredo over your original recipe... so even though I loved your original ranch I was pretty sure this would be even better!! And I was right! It is fantastic! THANK YOU!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! Thank you so much Renee! So happy you loved it! Glad to hear you love my original version too but yes, I agree, this one is better, it is a dead ringer to me!
  16. The dressing looks so creamy and delicious! I bet no one would be able to tell there was no dairy in there! :D
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      I swear it could fool anybody!!
  17. I have to admit that I never liked ranch dressing, but this version sounds insanely good! Creamy cashews, coconut milk and plant-based yogurt? What a creamy and dreamy trio! Can't wait to give this a go!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh wow, never liked ranch?! Haha! It was always my favorite...that and Caesar!! Thank you Nisha!
  18. Absolutely THE BEST vegan ranch I have tried yet. Very easy and so delicious!!! Thank you for creating this.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Lori for taking the time to leave this amazing review! So happy you agreed it's the best too!!
  19. I've tried ranch dressing with just cashews before but never thought of adding in yoghurt. I can't wait to try this one Brandi, it looks SUPER creamy!
  20. Hi Brandi, thank you for sharing all your awesome recipes! I was really looking forward to trying this one until i spotted the dairy-free yoghurt as my only options for such contain the mystery 'flavouring' in the ingredients, and after hearing about hidden names for MSG from Dr Russell Blaylock i steer well clear of anything like that! Could i use coconut milk or maybe silken tofu instead? Or if there is anything else you could recommend? I am probably not even at Novice level for cooking so any advice would be much appreciated!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Nick! The coconut yogurt by So Delicious that I use does not have any flavorings added or sugar, so that one is fine. I don't ever buy the flavored ones. The ingredients are just coconut milk, pectin, gum, starch, live cultures and a couple of vitamins. There is another brand called Coyo yogurt that is also gum-free, so those are options. As far as trying coconut milk and tofu, I can't say, since I've not tested that personally and can't vouch for the outcome. The yogurt has a strong tang and thickness/creaminess which is what yields to the incredible ranch flavor and texture. You are welcome to try silken tofu or something if you like, but will probably need more white vinegar to give it more tang. That is just a guess! I would add another 1-2 teaspoons white vinegar and see how it tastes.
      • Thank you very much! I've just found the Coyo brand in my usual supermarket (i must get better at looking for suitable products) so will try this recipe very soon! I see what you mean about the unique flavour of the yoghurt, it does seem irreplaceable. I also have since realised that making homemade yoghurt is actually very simple so have bought myself some probiotics as well (i can tell this recipe is going to go down so well i may not be able to buy yoghurt pots big enough!). If however i can't get any yoghurt i will try adding some white wine vinegar as a last resort, that's a great idea! Thanks once again.
  21. I love the flavor of this! Mine came out more like a dip after sitting in the fridge but I haven't added the water to it yet to thin it out per your suggestion. Quick question: since I only used 1/4 of the coconut milk, do you have any ideas of what to make with the rest? I was going to try a coconut whipped cream or coffee creamer but all of those recipes seem to call for full fat coconut milk.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Laurie! Yes, that is correct and what I noted in step 4 that it will thicken like a dip overnight which is great for dipping veggies in! But I also like to just add a bit of water and more vinegar just so it doesn't lose it's tang with the added water. Only a tiny bit is needed. For the extra coconut milk, I have a ton of recipes using lite coconut milk! Here are a few: Blueberry Muffins: http://thevegan8.com/2014/06/03/fluffy-vegan-blueberry-vanilla-muffins/ http://thevegan8.com/2017/07/31/vegan-lemon-sauce-with-edamame-pasta/ http://thevegan8.com/2016/03/18/dreamy-creamy-rosemary-white-beans/
      • Thanks! I actually have chocolate chips so I might do that version:)
  22. Love this, have tried so many other recipes in hopes of getting close to the real ranch flavor and was disappointed. Looking forward to trying it again with seasoning variations too. Many thanks.
  23. Shocked how good this is. Thank you for reintroducing these lovely foods to our lives! Full disclosure, I made it with dairy yogurt because our local store doesn't carry (or at least I can't find) the coconut yogurt I like, and I prefer to avoid processed/non-fermented soy products. (We are vegetarian but not vegan, although I'm trying to reduce our overall dairy consumption.) But I bet it would be even better with coconut yogurt. I also used frozen dill rather than dried, but I don't think that made a difference. I stopped eating regular ranch dressing years ago because it's so full of nasty ingredients, but I could see this becoming a staple in both the vegan and dairy yogurt versions.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Thera! I'm so happy to hear how much you loved this!!
  24. Brandi, you nailed this! It took me back to 1977---first time I ever tried ranch dressing/Hidden Valley (I can remember because I was doing my internship that summer and was invited over to my supervisor's house for dinner). This is o good! We used it in a bowl, with roasted peppers, broccoli, tempeh, asparagus, green beans, onions, and mushrooms on top of barley. YUM! My only difficulty is that Kroger doesn't sell unsweetened unflavored nondairy yogurt. Fortunately Sprouts and Publix do, so I'll just shop there more often because this is definitely going to be frequently made!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Oh yay! So very happy to hear you loved it Ellen!! All of your ingredients that you topped the ranch with too sound so delicious! Ahh yes, definitely as good as the Hidden Valley too in my opinion! Yes, I get the coconut plain yogurt from Sprouts as well. I really wish Kroger would sell the coconut there too since it's so close to my house, but hopefully they will eventually!
  25. So good! Any suggestions to make it slightly less sweet???
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Jean! So glad you enjoyed it! Sweet? It shouldn’t be sweet at all, but tangy and taste exactly like ranch. Sounds to me like your yogurt or milk had sugar in it because that’s the only way it would be sweet. Some milks and yogurts have sugar added.
  26. Awesome! Thanks so much...I’ve been searching for a great ranch and yours is it!
  27. Wow!! I just made this and it is delicious. I'm originally from Texas and miss all the cheesiness and ranch! Happy I found your website! It's like s little taste of home. Thank you!!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay Shannon! So happy to hear that!
  28. This is great, and now I will eat salads more often :) I made this exactly as the recipe says a week ago, and it is still great. I've tried it with romaine, arugula, spinach, cherry tomato, shredded carrot salad - terrific! It's also very good atop baked sweet potatoes. I can't get over how much it both smells and tastes like ranch dressing - never would have thought to use coconut.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      I'm so happy you love it so much Laura, thank you so much for the amazing review!
  29. Cannot find soy yogurt except for vanilla, strawberry, or blueberry. I don't think they would work? Any suggestions? Thanks! It sounds wonderful.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Barbara, no, definitely don't use a fruit or flavored yogurt, haha. Will ruin the flavor. It doesn't have to be soy yogurt, I've actually noted coconut. You can honestly use probably cashew or almond yogurt as well if that's all you can find. Any type should work as long as it is plain and unsweetened!
  30. You hit it out of the park with this one. Absolutely incredible. Honestly I think this is my favorite salad dressing of all time. It is delicious and homemade so you can feel good about eating it because you know exactly what went into it. There is no need to every buy the bottled stuff again. I haven't had non-vegan ranch dressing in ages but from what I remember of it I am pretty sure you nailed the flavor spot on. And even if you didn't who cares this is what ranch dressing SHOULD be!!! It stands on its own as an amazing dressing even without the comparison to the dairy version. Yum I certainly will be having this on my salads often. My vitamix jug is driving me nuts. I can't get it smooth like the chunks of cashew gets stuck on the bottom under the blade. I either have to start using cashew butter in these types of recipes or figure something out to make it work with my jug. And I hate how when I start blending everything shoots up in the jug all the way to the lid and the sides are completely coated so frustrating. I see blend shots on youtube (even on some of your videos) and the stuff in the jug doesn't come flying up the sides it stays pretty well down in the jug. I guess I should have never gotten the wide jug vitamix style. Oh well. When I replace it I will go with the tall jug one. Anyway I am rambling hahaha thank you so much for such a great recipe definitely makes salads so much more enjoyable.
  31. I made this for a vegan cobb style salad with tempeh bacon and cashew cheddar recently & loved it so much I've already made it again since then. It makes eating salads fun, lol.
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Yay! Haha, love hearing that Penny, thank you so much for the awesome rating!
  32. I've tried dozens of vegan ranch recipes over the years. Meh. I tried this one, not expecting much, but Oh Em Gee! It is SO good!!! My husband, a Follow Your Heart reduced-fat vegan ranch aficionado (I love him anyway), informed me that if I agreed to keep this recipe in the fridge, he would gladly give up the FYH bottle. Now, that's a true compliment! FYI, I followed the recipe except I used So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk (beverage) instead of light canned coconut milk and I reduced the salt to 1/2 teaspoon. Thanks for the great recipe!
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Thank you so much Christina for this fabulous review, so sorry I missed it until now! So very happy to hear how much you and your husband both loved it!!
  33. Oh, how my family and I are huge ranch lovers! Becoming vegan we find different ways to substitute the little things we miss and don't eat anymore. Cheese and ranch are big ones. I will be sure to try this soon and see how it turns out.
  34. Hi Brandi- so happy that I just discovered your blog! Am anxious to try your recipes! Do you have any idea if the ranch dressing could be frozen? I prepare vegan food just for myself, and doubt I could use it all in a week. Thanks! :)
    • brandi.doming@yahoo.com
      Hi Brenda! So glad you found me! Oh yes, can totally be frozen. Just thaw it overnight before use and maybe blend it or whisk really well to bring it back!

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