Dairy-free Ranch Dressing

Dairy-free Ranch Dressing (4)


Dairy-free ranch dressing.

Vegan, dairy-free ranch dressing.

Nut-free, vegan, dairy-free ranch dressing.

Oil-free, Nut-free, vegan, dairy-free ranch dressing.

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I shared this bright, shiny, new recipe over on Sonia’s blog, The Healthy Foodie, earlier this week. Another bombastic recipe to add to the dairy-free recipes collection in the Done with Dairy Toolkit!

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Dairy-free Ranch Dressing (3)

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Dairy-free Ranch Dressing
Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 400mL
This vegan, nut-free, oil-free ranch salad dressing will change the way you do salads, dips and sauces.
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dehydrated onion
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos or Braggs aminos or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced fresh parsley
  1. Add all ingredients but chives and parsley to the jug of your high powered blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a resealable jar, stir in chives and parsley. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
1 serving = ¼ cup. Recipe makes 400mL, 6 servings
Recipe should be good for 5-6 days if kept refrigerated.

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My favorite feature of this recipe is the chia seeds. I’d never thought to use chia seeds to thicken a dressing before. It worked wonderfully.

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  1. Hi Leanne!

    This recipe tastes great! The first time I did it with Pine nuts and it was creamy, however when I tried it a few other times, it did not get so thick and creamy again. Do you maybe have an idea what I am doing wrong? I tried different ways, mixing it up in a blender, putting in the chia seeds at last, but I cannot get the same creamy consistency again…

    Thanks very much for your help!

    • Hey Nicki – this is a fairly old recipe… but you could try soaking the seeds in water for 4 hours beforehand?

  2. Question, has anyone used store bought almond milk for this recipe? The only kind I have in my fridge is sweetened… Not sure if that would turn out.. Does anyone know?
    So excited to try this recipe! Oil free, dairy free, vegan, using whole foods and spices?! Exactly what I was looking for! :)

    • Hey! I wouldn’t use sweetened almond milk, Keirstin. It may be a bit too sweet for it. Sorry… but if you do give it a try when you have other ingredients, I’d love to know what you think!

  3. Love. This. Giving up cow milk was easy (we all know almond milk tastes better!) but sour cream based dips were hard for me to say goodbye to. Im trying this soon, cashews are so expensive here in MX , sunflower seeds are more economical!

  4. The best part though… the very best part.. is its soy free!!! So sick of buying dressings with soy. This is amazing thanks!!!!

  5. I can’t wait to try this.

    RE: Sugar cravings (and other cravy food groups)

    I went the opposite direction from most here. I “went” vegetarian in college but still allowed cheese and some seafood later, stayed that way almost 20 years. I didn’t know I was really not a healthy veg as half my food came from packages! As I’m sure many of you know there’s been a huge trend toward primal/paleo and clean eating. Paleo is really nothing but vegan + organic, humanely raised in my case, meat (I still won’t touch anything with four legs unless to pet them). Ethically, I’d be veg but it was no longer feasible for my workout routines.

    In May I did a 21 day cleanse (you eat veg/fruit first week with the programs cleanse pills/smoothie powder from whole foods). The other objective was to start at ground zero, eliminate any possible allergens/intolerances and slowly add things back to pinpoint what might be affecting your health. Oh yeah, I had a point here… though it was very tough the first seven (horrid but possible for my cheesesteak, pizza eating fiance), after 21 days I’d gone without carbs, sweets, etc and LOST THE DESIRE for sweets. Became fine with no starch side dishes. Stuff out of a box tastes artificial or too salty and conventional candy way too sweet.. It brought me to a base-line I didn’t have in mind… enjoying real food. I didn’t plan to be on the primal bandwagon but now I do it with ease. Good quality high % cacao chocolate bars are now yummy to me (fiance says they taste like something used to bake something that actually tastes good which is fine because my stash is no longer gone when I go to get it those days of the month. Okay, often now that those are actually healthy and feel indulgent).

    Update: OOPS, bought dehydrated chives and dried cilantro yesterday and accidentally dosed my much-anticipated ranch with cilantro. Not so good unless you really really like cilantro (crying)

    • Wow, it sounds like that cleanse really turned things around for you! Cilantro… in ranch… hmmm not sure I’d dig it either. I loved your comment, “Paleo is really nothing but vegan + organic, humanely raised meat” I’d never, ever seen it like that… but there are definitely a lot of similarities… minus the grains. That can be challenging at times! Thanks for sharing your story, Kym (ps: I LOVE the way you spell your name!!)

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