Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe – dairy, egg, nut, allergy-free

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Love Ranch Dressing, but you've got food allergies? This Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe is not only dairy free, but it's also egg free and nut free too. Great as a dip, dressing, or spread for sandwiches and wraps. #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

{I've been making my own salad dressings for years–either the Moroccan Vinaigrette, this “5-Way” Salad Dressing, or our 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing are always on our table. However, I haven't perfected a vegan ranch dressing recipe yet – it's not easy.

Thanks to Debra Worth from Worth Cooking, I've got a recipe now :).

Plus, her Balsamic Cherry Dressing is calling my name too!}

My mom always had the rule that at buffets we had to get at least some sort of vegetable. While I was not a particular fan of the rule (I like vegetables much better now) the salad I made was a good excuse to use the buffet's ranch, and lots of it.

I have since grown up and learned that ranch is kind of controversial. Instead of lightly coating salads as is the case with most vinaigrette it is usually used to drown it beyond the recognition of vegetables.

I also decided I did not care, I liked ranch.

After learning a bit about the stuff you get in the store, full of all kinds of nasty GMO ingredients I decided I should just try to make it myself. This was when I was just beginning to run a kitchen, and I did not even know if it was possible to make homemade ranch dressing. I have since learned a bit about cooking, and ranch.

I began to make it occasionally with buttermilk and homemade mayonnaise, due to food allergies. The common egg and dairy free subs were based on either almond or cashews- two things I could not have. Or vegan mayonnaise – something that is hard to find with nourishing ingredients. Too-da-loo ranch. ?*tear*

I would try every so often when the urge hit. I made dairy-free ranch seasoning mix and used it for tenders and jicama, but started really wanting the real ranch dip and dressing. So, the great ranch experiment began. I actually got so determined a few weeks ago that I went through several bottles of olive oil and a few bags of sunflower and pumpkin seeds (to be a base for vegan mayonnaise) trying for that perfect dairy-free ranch dressing.

Then through making another dressing I realized I was going about it the hard way. I did not need to make a mayonnaise and thin it out with a dairy/coconut/nut free “milk”, I could basically make an extra thick vinaigrette that was full of ranch flavors and a some sort of white creamy base.

Love Ranch Dressing, but you've got food allergies? This Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe is not only dairy free, but it's also egg free and nut free too. Great as a dip, dressing, or spread for sandwiches and wraps. #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

Once I figured that out it was much easier. I frequently use hemp seed in smoothies because if it's nutrition and protein. It is a soft seed that blends very well. I blended the hemp with water, vinegar, garlic, onion, salt, a date (which is optional) and dried mustard to a somewhat creamy and off-white base.

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The next part I needed was oil. The oil I recommend for this dairy-free ranch dressing is virgin avocado oil. It does not have a strong flavor, like most other unrefined oils. But, as it is very hard to find in my little town I ended up using light tasting (or refined) olive oil. Not as healthy as it could be, but still world's better then the stuff in the store, and safe for our family. I think I will try to use avocado oil from Amazon though next time, as it is a virgin oil.

All that was needed then was parsley and dill, the herbs behind ranch dressing's classic flavor. I used dried as it is easier, and pulsed into the ranch to the darker bits from using hemp camouflage in.

The resulting vegan ranch dressing recipe makes a dressing that is so thick it can be used as a dip, or very slightly thinned out for dressings. The kids thought it was pretty awesome, and I was happy to have ranch again!

Love Ranch Dressing, but you've got food allergies? This Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe is not only dairy free, but it's also egg free and nut free too. Great as a dip, dressing, or spread for sandwiches and wraps. #paleo #vegan #dairyfree

Note – Our family LOVES this recipe as is, as a dressing, but if you leave out the additional water that is added with the date, it's more like a dip.

For everything.  We can't get enough of this.


Vegan Ranch Dressing: dairy, egg, nut, allergy-free

Serves 1 cup     adjust servings

This allergy-free Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe is great for salads, veggies, or as a spread on sandwiches or wraps. It's vegan and nut-free to boot.



  1. Blend together the hemp seeds, water, garlic powder, onion powder, dried mustard, salt, vinegar, and date if using until smooth. It took my puny little blender about 3 minutes, and I needed to scrape the sides several times.
  2. Once everything is blend in about 1 tablespoon of the oil. Stir it in with a spoon, and then turn the blender back on and drizzle in the rest.
  3. Add the parsley and dill and pulse a few times to combine. I like to make the herbs kind of small so that the uneven white of the hemp will be less apparent.
  4. Use the vegan ranch dressing as is for dips, or you can thin out with a touch of filtered water to desired consistency for a salad dressing.
  5. Store in the fridge.


Recipe Notes

For a low-carb recipe, omit the date and I tried this recipe both with and without the date. While I preferred it with it, it was definitely not necessary. You could probably replace with a few pinches of xylitol or a dash of stevia if desired. I would recommend taking it out of the blender, tasting and adding to taste stirring rather then blending in (so you won't over blend the oil or herbs).

The color of the ranch will depend on the oil used, and whether or not use use the date. It will never be a pure white because of the hemp seed, but it tastes good ?

2 reviews

{I think this vegan ranch dressing would be fabulous not only on salads but also on veggies or as a spread on flatbread, wraps, or sandwiches.  The possibilities are endless.}

Do you make your own homemade salad dressing?

Debra Worth - writer at Whole New MomDebra Worth is first and foremost a daughter of the King of kings. She lives in mid-Missouri with her husband of five years and three young children. Debra has a passion for cooking healthy foods and is author of Much Ado About Chicken and co-author of The Veggie Book. She blogs about healthy allergen friendly foods at her blog, Worth Cooking. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.


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  1. Mo Girl says:

    I have been looking for a ranch recipe and was going to try boiled egg whites for the creamy base but may try this also. I have been using the ranch recipe from snowdrops but it takes a lot of expensive cashews.

    • Mo Girl says:

      Sorry, I meant snowdrop on the raw freedom community board. It is a great recipe but want to try something without cashews.

    • I would love to know what you think about this. I’m out and have to make more – we have it around all the time!

  2. Shirley Yeo says:

    Thanks kindly, Adrienne. Just to let you know the Ranch dressing recipe does not print properly

  3. A friend who knows I recently have had to give up anything dairy…..I used to be able to tolerate hard cheeses and ranch dips….but alas….no more.

    This gives me hope. I can’t use spur cream on a baked tater, so I used to use ranch. My potato with my steak last night sucked.

    I am so freaking excited to try this. I will post a review as soon as we’ve given it a test run.

    Thanks for doing to work so we all can enjoy ranch.

    • I can’t wait to hear what you think. Tip – we prefer dried cilantro to the dried parsley. We used it b/c we had a bunch of it and I think it tastes better. I should maybe work on another version. Enjoy!

  4. Gigi White says:

    Hi! Please give some storage tips. (Fridge and freezer/ just fridge? How long it will keep in the fridge? Thanks for all you do! -Gigi

  5. Stephanie says:

    I have made this in the past and came to get the recipe again I saw the stir in a tbsp of oil, I don’t remember that step. Was that added later? Is there a reason not to just put it all in while blending slowly?

    • Hi there. It wasn’t added later. I don’t know about that step but I will contact the author of the post. Thanks!

    • Debra Worth says:

      It has been ages since I have made this, but if I remember correctly it was because it was so thick I had trouble drizzling in the oil. I also had a pretty lame blender, so it might not always be necessary.

  6. Mmmmmm I could eat this by itself! Tons of flavour. I can’t use vinegar so I replaced it with lemon juice. This recipe is a keeper….. so is the 5 ingredient salad dressing! Thank you

  7. Wow, I just made this and it is bomber! I might back off on the salt a wee bit next time, but the texture and flavor are spot on and so delicious! thank you!

  8. This looks (and reads) like it is wonderful. May I ask, is the dressing photographed the same as the recipe? Thanks.

  9. Yum, this looks delicious! I love that it’s nut-free too so both me and my daughters can give it a shot. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  10. Pam Watson says:

    I was so happy to have found this recipe for allergen free ranch dressing! Unfortunately my son has a reaction to mustard and canola oil, which is made from mustard seed, as well as to gluten, dairy and nuts. Can I substitute the mustard, or leave it out?

  11. This looks excellent! I’ve been looking for a mayo-free ranch dressing for quite some time! Now just to find a safe replacement for hemp seeds… Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Great! What do you need to do with the hemp seeds?

      • Lina | StrictlyDelicious says:

        I can’t have hemp seeds (allergic to latex foods) so I’ll have to find a sub!

        • I think Debra addressed this in a different comment, but I think a different nut or seed would work best – maybe cashews or sunflower?

          • Just seeing this, sorry. I think the best substitution would be 1/4 cup chopped cashews. Soak in the water for an hour or two before blending (or until soft enough to blend smoothly). I am pretty sure it would work! I probably would have used them if I did not have an allergy to cashews.

          • I think you could replace with 1/4 cup chopped cashews. Just soak in the water used in the recipe until they are soft (an hour?). Not positive, but that would be my guess. I probably would have used them instead of hemp if we could have them.

  12. I do make my own salad dressings including ranch but I’m eager to share this version with my vegan friend!

  13. christina miller says:

    I have been making dressing for quite awile now that it is easy. I discovered that if you throw all the ingredients in a pint mason jar and use and emulsion (stick) blender it only takes about 15-20 seconds and it turns out thick even with just oil, lemon juice and spices. I found my blender at a garage sale for $5.

  14. I am soooo excited to try this! But I don’t use white vinegar due to corn allergie. What do you think about using ACV?

  15. Do you think you could substitute chia seeds for the hemp, or would that make it too thick?

    • Hey Laurie, I really don’t think those would work as they do not blend up creamy. Hemp is very soft seed, almost like cashews.

      • I would love to try this! Based on your previous response, would cashews work in place of the hemp? I have a sensitivity to hemp and have no idea what would be an interchangeable replacement. Thank you!