Welcome to the BEST Whole30 Ranch Dressing + Dip on the internet! Ranch without buttermilk makes this recipe dairy-free and so delicious. Drizzle it on top of salads, veggies, and chicken fingers. The list goes on….
Ever since I was a kid, I loved ranch dressing. The commercial options out there are laced with preservatives, msg, and words we have never heard of. The challenge is, how can we make a dairy-free ranch that tastes just as good or better? I have tried many different recipes, even whole30 compliant versions at the grocery stores, but nothing compares to this recipe!
When creating this recipe, I tested it out by comparing full-fat coconut milk verse almond milk. I concluded that coconut milk is a better choice. The higher fat content yields a creamier mouthfeel. The secret ingredient in Ranch Dressing in my opinion is fresh tarragon, which gives a slight anise flavor. It's hands down my favorite herb to use. If you look at my other recipes, you may think I need a tarragon intervention!
Why you'll love this recipe
- Quick Ranch Dressing recipe. Our Whole30 Ranch comes together in only 5 minutes, and it's the BEST Ranch dressing recipe out there.
- Keto-friendly Ranch Dressing. We use full-fat coconut milk which raises the fat content and makes this recipe dairy-free and keto-approved.
- This dressing is made from whole food and has healthy ingredients.
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Ranch Dressing Ingredient Notes
Mayo- You can make my homemade avocado mayo or buy a Whole30 compliant option.
Lemon Juice- Wakes up your taste buds and pairs perfectly with the herbs in this recipe.
Apple Cider Vinegar- I use it in combination with lemon juice and coconut milk to create buttermilk.
Coconut Milk- The high-fat content in coconut milk makes it creamy.
Parsley- To add a touch of peppery flavor.
Dill- Has a deliciously fresh, and citrus-like taste.
Chives- Are a mild flavor reminiscent of their closest relative’s garlic and onions.
Tarragon- In my opinion, the secret ingredient here. It adds a small amount of anise flavor.
Onion powder and garlic powder- They add a savory flavor which makes this recipe so irresistible!
And sea salt- To make all the flavors pop!
How to make Ranch Dressing
This garden herb Ranch Dressing is so easy to make, here's how to make it:
- Make the buttermilk: add lemon juice and apple cider vinegar to the coconut milk. Let sit for 5 minutes or until curdled.
- In a bowl or food processor, combine mayo, herbs, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add in buttermilk until desired thickness, transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.
Ranch Dressing Variations or Flavors
Jalapeno Ranch Dressing - Spice up your salad dressing with raw or roasted jalapenos. The best ranch dressing for a southwestern salad!
Chipotle Ranch Dressing - Homemade ranch dressing with a chipotle add a kick to your salad dressing or dip.
Cashew Ranch Dressing - Looking for a vegan ranch dressing recipe? Cashews and cucumber make a nice and creamy texture.
Barbeque Ranch Dressing - One of my favorite salads is a BBQ Chicken salad. Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce to this dressing.
Avocado Ranch Dressing - By blending in ½ of avocado you will have a green Ranch Dressing! Perfect for dipping your raw veggies!
Use full-fat coconut milk for this recipe. The high-fat content works perfectly for a creamy ranch.
Proceed with caution when adding buttermilk. I like to add a tablespoon at a time until I reach the desired thickness.
Tarragon is the secret herb in this recipe. Adding just a touch of anise flavor. Don’t overdo it with tarragon a little goes a long way.
Frequently asked questions
Can I use nut milk in place of coconut milk?
Yes, but it will give you a thinner ranch. Almond milk is the best choice since it has a mild flavor.
How long does this Whole30 Ranch last?
It has a 7-day shelf life, but it will be gone before then, trust me!
Can you freeze ranch dressing?
I don't recommend freezing your Ranch because the texture will change when you thaw it. Homemade ranch dressing will keep for a week in the refrigerator.
What pairs well with the ranch dressing?
Everything! I put it on chicken fingers, buffalo chicken salads, lettuce wraps, buffalo cauliflower bites, and jalapeno poppers.
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- Make Buttermilk: In a small bowl, combine ¾ cup of full-fat coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes or until curdled.
- Combine mayonnaise, buttermilk, parsley, dill, chives, tarragon, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder to a bowl and whisk well. Transfer dressing to a mason jar and refrigerate.