You’ll be sure to love this easy homemade vegan ranch dressing made without cashews or mayo. Instead this dressing gets it’s creaminess from a combination of vegan yogurt and sour cream.
Since going vegan, I have struggled to find a ranch dressing that I really loved. I tried a few different store-bought vegan ranch dressings but was always disappointed in the flavor so I decided to try my hand at making my own. Through a lot of trial and error, I have landed on this simple homemade vegan ranch dressing recipe. It has no mayo (not a fan!) and isn’t cashew based so you don’t have to dirty your blender.
Ingredients You’ll Need for this Ranch Dressing
- Vegan Yogurt: use any vegan plain, unsweetened yogurt that you like.
- Vegan Sour Cream: use any vegan sour cream brand that your store carries.
- Dill Pickle Juice: sounds strange but this is a key ingredient for adding a bit of dill flavor as well as acidity to cut through the creamy yogurt and sour cream.
- Parsley: you can also use chopped fresh parsley leaves if you’d like.
- Onion/Garlic Powder: I used the granulated version of both of these.
- Salt and Black Pepper: adjust to your liking in the final recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why dill pickle juice? I think that fresh dill can be a bit overpowering in a dressing like this, so I opted for dill pickle juice for a milder flavor. The pickle juice also adds a nice tang from the vinegar that cuts through the creaminess from the yogurt and the sour cream. Trust me!
What gives ranch dressing its flavor? Ranch dressing gets all of its flavor from a combination of creamy ingredients (mayo, buttermilk, etc), herbs (parsley, dill) and alliums (garlic and onion). In this vegan version, you’ll use vegan sour cream and yogurt to give this ranch its creaminess.
How long does this homemade ranch dressing last? You can keep this homemade ranch dressing in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. I like to store it in a mason jar.
Is ranch dressing healthy? Ranch dressing has a bad reputation for being “unhealthy” because it is higher in saturated fat. Honestly, I don’t discourage people from using ranch – especially if it means they will eat more veggies!
How to use this ranch dressing
Use this ranch dressing however you would normally use ranch! I love using it on salads (of course) but you can also use it as a dip for veggies, tofu, or tempeh. I also love to use it as a dressing on a wrap sandwich. Here are a few recipes from the blog that would be perfect with this homemade vegan ranch dressing:
Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing
- 2/3 cup unsweetened plain vegan yogurt I used Forager brand
- 1/3 cup vegan sour cream I used Tofutti brand
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk well to combine. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.