Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian

Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing – Sharon Palmer, The Plant Powered Dietitian

There’s nothing like a cool, home-made, herbal, creamy ranch dressing to accompany a crisp salad, fresh veggie platter, hearty grain bowl, veggie sandwich, or breakfast wrap. The best thing is that you can include your own ingredients in this recipe, and avoid any unwanted ingredients, such as sugar and preservatives. You can whip up a batch of my Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing lickety split—it’s almost as simple as reaching into the fridge and grabbing a bottle of pre-made dressing.

Based on a few essential ingredients—light vegan mayo, plant-based milk, vinegar, garlic, and fresh herbs—this 5-ingredient recipe (not including pantry staples) is a cinch. Just mix it up in a small bowl, and you’re ready to go. I love to utilize my herb garden for making this ranch dressing, which calls upon freshly chopped herbs of your choice. In the summer, I turn to basil, oregano, tarragon, rosemary, thyme, and chives for the vegan ranch seasoning in this recipe; and in the winter I turn to cooler weather herbs, like dill, cilantro, and parsley. You can also substitute dried herbs for fresh if you don’t have them available.

You can change the flavor profile of this dressing based on the herbs you add, too. If you favor a more Latin profile, try cilantro and oregano; for a Mediterranean flavor, try basil, oregano, and rosemary; a French twist can be encouraged with tarragon, parsley, and thyme; and for a Scandinavian flair, try dill, parsley and tarragon. If you haven’t tried growing your own herbs, I encourage you to give it a try. It’s one way you can grow a bit of your own food, even if you don’t have access to digging in the soil outdoors. You can try growing an herb pot in a sunny kitchen window, on your doorstep, or balcony. Not only will it flavor your favorite foods with fresh, herbal tastes, it will be a lovely accent to your home. Learn more about small pot gardening here. And grab my Grow Your Own Food starter toolkit here.

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower served with Ranch Dressing

Try my easy, breezy ranch dressing and store it in the fridge in an air-tight container (mason jars with lids work great) for up to one week to serve with your favorite dishes all week long. I love to serve this ranch dressing with my Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower, Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers, Vegan BLTA sandwich, and Chipotle Tomato Rice Power Bowl. The sky is the limit!

Step-By-Step Guide

Here’s what you need for this recipe: Salt (optional), vinegar, vegan mayo, paprika, plant-based milk, garlic, and herbs.
Add all ingredients to a small dish.
Whisk until smooth.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge until serving time.



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Based on only 5-ingredients, this gluten free Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing recipe is a cinch to make, and it’s great served with salads, appetizers, grain bowls, entrees, and beyond.

  • ½ cup vegan light mayonnaise (make your own vegan mayo here)
  • 1/3 cup plant-based milk, plain, unsweetened (i.e., soy, oat, almond)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh (or 1 tablespoon dried) chopped herbs, as desired (i.e., dill, basil, oregano, chives, parsley, cilantro, tarragon)
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch salt (optional)

  1. Mix light vegan mayonnaise, plant-based milk, and vinegar together in a small bowl with a whisk until smooth.
  2. Stir in garlic, chopped herbs and paprika. Season with salt, if desired.
  3. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  4. Serve with your favorite dishes, such as salads, veggie platters, veggie-balls, or roasted vegetables.
  5. Makes 8 servings (2 tablespoons each), or a total of 1 cup.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dressing
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 54
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 112 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g

Keywords: ranch dressing, salad dressing, vegan ranch dressing

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