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Homemade Ranch Dressing

gluten free and dairy free homemade ranch dressing

This gluten free Ranch Dressing is super easy to make and dairy-free to boot.  I will be using it quite a bit this summer for salads, dips and sandwiches.  Typically the base of a Ranch Dressing is buttermilk, however, I’ve omitted that ingredient and gone a completely different route in preparing this rich and creamy condiment.

Homemade Ranch Dressing


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mason jar
  2. Shake well and serve over salad
  3. Or to use as a dip, refrigerate to chill and thicken

I recently was honored to be featured on Paige Orloff’s Sisterhood Project website as one of her favorite foodie blogs.  Paige (who transplanted herself and family from LA to Upstate New York a couple of years ago) is a prolific writer with a number of excellent blogs including Tales from the Parkside, New Tales from the Parkside and of course, the fabulous Sister Project.  Thanks Paige!

I also want to thank one of my favorite readers, Shirley of Gluten Free Easily, for bestowing the Primio Dardo award upon me.  Be sure to check out her great site with delicious recipes.  Shirley never ceases to impress me with her upbeat attitude, commitment to gluten-free living and motor cycle riding.

Finally, I recently discovered this excellent blog, called Mark’s Daily Apple.  If health and fitness are your thing, he is a wonderful source and has loads of highly nutritious recipes and great information on the paleo diet.

posted on April 30, 2009, 23 comments

  1. Hannah Handpainted @ HannahHandpainted.etsy.com

    Looks delish. I’ll have to try that kind of mayo.

  2. WooHoo! I can’t wait to try this:) Ranch dressing is something I have missed for years!

  3. LK- healthy delicious @ healthy-delicious.com

    I never realized ranch was so simple!

  4. Margaret Roach @ awaytogarden.com

    I was so happy that Paige (my neighbor nowadays, which is how I met her and invited her to help start The Sister Project, which is what I do when I’m not gardening) turned me on to your blog with all its tricks like this great one.

    I feel a serious bout of cooking coming on. Thanks for the inspiration (and the nice words about Paige).

  5. Colleen Weimer

    You provided a recipe for ranch dressing. I don’t see an ingredient in the list that provides the white color. A reader blogged something about mayo. Was that ingredient left out of the ingredient list?

  6. Cyn Cyr

    One of the ingredients in Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise is SOY protein, of which I am allergic. Do you have an alternative to this ingredient?

  7. tessa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this recipe it’s awesome. I have tried alot of dairy free ranch and they tasted gross. Our family has missed ranch dressing so much, but thanks to you we can have it again…YAY!!!

  8. Brandy

    I too second the idea of a soy-,egg-free mayonnaise. I LOOVE veganaise, but can’t do the soy anymore. If you have the urge to experiment on a soy & egg free mayo, I would love you for life!!!!!! :-) tee hee hee :-) Heck, you already have my adoration for the kale with cranberries and pine nuts! What an amazing creative palate you have! Thanks for everything.

  9. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I get just a tad behind on reading your blog and look what happens! I missed your very kind and gracious mention. Thanks so much, Elana! Giving you that award was my pleasure! :-)

    Will definitely check out the other links you’ve shared. I trust your judgment, so I know they will all be excellent resources.

    The buttermilk dressing looks terrific! Put a bunch of cut veggies with that dressing on the kitchen counter and you’ll have an empty plate and bowl in no time. ;-)

    Thanks again, Elana!

  10. Pam

    I made this tonite for my son who hasn’t had a salad since diagnosed with several food allergies. I’ve never cared much for ranch dressing but it’s always been his favorite. I had all the ingredients on hand so I thought I’d give it a try. It was simply delicious! He’s got a new favorite and so do I! He was excited also that he got his ranch back and could use it on another of his favorites, chicken strips! Thanks Elana!

  11. Kitchen Goddess

    I never realised ranch was so simple :) I will try this as I bought a bottle from my local organic store the other day and it was disgusting.

  12. Yes, this is a simple recipe for Ranch and I'm so glad that you all are enjoying it. Thanks Brandy for your amazingly sweet comment (I haven't come up with anything soy free, if I do I'll let you all know). And thanks Pam for letting me know that your son is enjoying this –I love hearing comments about people's children!

  13. Eden Rasmussen @ edennoel1.blogspot.com

    Just wanted you to know that we made this last weekend and my mom, my sister and I all loved it. Thank you. It is perfect for your cobb salad. Yummm!

  14. Thanks Eden, so glad you all enjoyed it!

  15. ~M

    I was wondering whether you had any suggestions for transporting salad dressing in packed lunches. My husband and I put our (undressed) salads in pyrex, but every container we’ve tried so far for dressing leaks. Thanks!

    • Donna

      When we pack our salads, we usually put our dressing in a small Tupperware midget. Yes, I know it’s plastic, but until we find something better we’ve been using this. Not sure if this is what you are looking for.

  16. Hi ~M, Thanks for your comment! We use the small sized mason jars and they work great, no leaks.

  17. Stacie K

    We made lettuce wraps with grilled, seasoned chicken, tomatoes, avacado, a small slice of uncured organic ham, goat feta, and this dressing…SOOO TASTY! Thanks Elana!! I now have a great dip for my husbands grilled chicken wings again:}

  18. Jamie

    I always thought that ranch dressing was more complicated to make (maybe it is, but Elana always helps to make recipes easy)! I tried this with egg-free canola mayo since I couldn’t get my hands on the grapeseed oil mayo when I needed it. My mayo must have been more acidic, so I added a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk to balance it out, plus a couple pinches of oregano and basil for an added herby flavor. Everyone loved it! In fact, it reminded me of this dressing I would buy at WF in my dairy days… thanks for being such an inspiration Elana!

  19. Sara

    Wow! I just tried this and added some dill and cajun seasoning – this dressing is awesome! I can’t wait to bring this up for our Christmas lunch with my family.

  20. ES

    This recipe is amazing!! I brought this with raw veggies to a family event and it was a hit. I’m gluten sensitive and have candida albicans… Thanks Elana for the wonderful recipes!

  21. Tara

    I just found this recipe, made it and poured it over salad. I want to kiss you right now. A big garlicky ranch kiss. Thank you Elana!

  22. Bob

    This looks wonderful! Looking for something to try this weekend.

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