Dairy Free Ranch Dressing
Who doesn’t love ranch dressing? It is such the perfect salad dressing and such a versatile ingredient to have on hand. Ranch dressing is the perfect mixture of creamy, garlic-y with a little bit of zing from the lemon. The only thing, in my opinion, that would make ranch dressing even better, is if more people can enjoy it. So, I formulated the best dairy free ranch dressing, and I cannot wait for you to try it!
Making dairy free ranch dressing
Out of all of the recipes on my website, this one is probably the quickest and easiest to whip together. All that this dairy free dressing requires is that you put the vegan mayonnaise, parsley, chives, dill, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mix the ingredients together. That’s it! However, if you prefer the dressing to have a thinner consistency, just add some unsweetened almond milk. This recipe really is that simple, and oh-so delicious!
You can use this dressing as a dip!
One of the great things about this dressing, is that you can use it as a dip. This is especially useful for kiddos who are a little picky when it comes to eating vegetables. Using this dairy free ranch dressing as a dip will add tons of creaminess and flavor to vegetables, making the veggies more enticing.
I love pairing this dairy free ranch with cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower florets. However when it comes to other foods, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that this dressing also pairs well with potato chips, french fries and chicken wings.
Alternative uses for dairy free ranch dressing
This dairy free ranch dressing has more uses than just salad dressing (although, it is the best salad dressing ever). You can add it to other recipes that call for traditional mayo or ranch, making these other recipes now suitable for those who are dairy free or vegan.
Below are some of my favorite alternative uses for this dairy free ranch dressing:
- Marinade for chicken or pork (DF)
- Spread on sandwiches or wraps (V, DF)
- Addition to potato or pasta salads (V, DF)
- Deviled eggs (DF)
Dairy free ranch dressing: an allergen-friendly recipe
As mentioned, not only is this ranch dressing dairy free, but it is also vegan. This makes it a great option for anyone who has an intolerance, allergy, or refrains from animal products for other reasons. In addition, this recipe can be made nut free by either omitting the almond milk, or using an alternative plant-based milk, like oat milk.
What is the difference between lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy?
Lactose intolerance is when the body does not produce enough of the enzyme, lactase, which helps to break down the sugar, lactose, that is found in dairy products.1 For someone with lactose intolerance who consumes dairy, this can cause upset stomach, bloating and overall discomfort.1 On the other hand, someone with a dairy allergy is allergic to the proteins found in dairy products, and has an immune response.1 This can lead to more serious consequences, such as allergic reaction or anaphylaxis.1 It is imperative that someone with a dairy allergy never ingests dairy products.
What is veganism?
Veganism is a type of vegetarianism where the person does not consume any animal products, and that includes meat, dairy, eggs, and even honey. Someone may choose to be vegan for health reasons and/or ethical reasons.
- Milk allergy vs. lactose intolerance. Food Allergy Research & Education. https://www.foodallergy.org/resources/milk-allergy-vs-lactose-intolerance. Accessed September 25, 2020.
- ¾ cup vegan mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives
- 1 tablespoons chopped dill
- 1 clove garlic grated
- Juice of ½ lemon
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Optional: ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Mix mayonnaise, parsley, chives, dill, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper together well. If desired, add almond milk to thin out to preferred consistency.