Vegan Ranch Dressing

These days there are several decent brands of vegan and dairy free ranch, but I find them all to be really expensive, and they don’t taste as good as when I make it myself. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients, it mostly consists of spices and herbs that can be combined ahead in a dry ranch mix, so that mixing up the dressing is just a matter of stirring 4 ingredients together in a cup with a fork.

glass measuring cup with vegan ranch dressing and a chopped salad in the background out of focus

Choosing Vegan Ingredients

Homemade ranch usually involves mayonnaise and milk, so it’s easy to make a vegan version by swapping the dairy versions for dairy free versions. There are lots of good brands of vegan mayo, I don’t really have a favorite. I use and like them all. For milk, I go with soymilk or almond milk, or whatever I have on hand. Any flavor the milk has gets overpowered by the seasonings, so it’s really just contributing creaminess and thinning out the mayo.

Making a Dry Ranch Mix

The key to homemade ranch dressing is making a jar of dry ranch mix to store in the pantry. Then you can just quickly mix up single servings of ranch at mealtime with a fork and a cup. Be sure to store your ranch mix in an airtight container, because the onion powder when exposed to air can turn into a weird dry onion cake. I’ve learned that one the hard way.

Ways to Use Your Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • As a veggie dip (carrots, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.)
  • On chopped salads
  • As a dip for potato wedges or fries (yum)
  • In this BBQ Ranch Bowl

More Delicious Vegan Sauce & Dressing Recipes

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Active Time: 5 minutes
Servings 3



  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo, 2 oz
  • 1 tbsp plant based milk, 1 oz
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, or white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dry ranch mix, see below

Dry Ranch Mix (Makes About 1/4 Cup)

  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried chives
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper, preferably fresh ground
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt


  • Mix all ingredients in a small jar or bottle with a fork.
  • Add milk (or water) to desired consistency.
  • This dressing keeps well in the fridge for however long mayo and milk keep in the fridge.
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  1. YUM!

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  3. Looking forward to trying, love the Cesaer dressing.

  4. Looks amazing, will try x

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  6. I modified this recipe into a yogurt-based dressing for taco salad and it was delicious! Same mix of spices (no lemon juice as it kept making the dressing separate) with 4 oz greek yogurt makes 2 servings of dressing that each count as 1/4 protein. I know you are plant based, but I thought I would mention this option for others as it turned out wonderful thanks to your spice blend. 🙂

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  11. Kerrilynn

    5 stars
    Hands down the best Vegan Ranch Dressing I found yet. I’ve tried so many with meh… results. I eat low fat/no oil so substituted my own homemade soy yogurt for the mayo. Followed the rest as written. Just superb! Thanks so much for sharing your creations! I started following you back in 2019 when I was previously eating the BLE way. The other day it struck me, maybe Katie has a good recipe. Sure enough, there it was!😊

    • Katie Gates

      Awww, so sweet. Thank you Kerrilynn for this lovely comment, it made my day! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Nice tip about the yogurt, I’ll give that a try!

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