Homemade Ranch Dressing
We LOVE this recipe! I always have this homemade Paleo and Whole30 ranch dressing in my fridge and I promise you – it’s better than anything you will every buy at the store! It can also easily be converted to a ranch dressing recipe by thinning out with filtered water. I find that when I thin it out with dairy free milk it can lend a slight after taste, so I recommend using filtered water.
A lot of the dairy free and Paleo ranch dressings I’ve tried are good but have an “off” taste. But I can assure you that this dressing has no “off” taste and is perfectly ranch-y (if that’s a word!). I’m sure it will become a staple in your home like it is in mine. I make a double batch of this every single week and we simply can’t go without it!
Easy Ranch Dressing Steps
Start by gathering the ingredients. You’ll need mayo, coconut cream, sea salt, apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar), pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, and dill.
For The Mayonnaise
For the mayo, I recommend using Veganaise or my Homemade No-Fail Whole30 Mayo. I’ve tried other Primal/Paleo-approved mayos for this recipe and they leave a strong aftertaste that doesn’t taste well in this recipe. You need to use a very mild mayo and these are the two I use and love the most because they have a very mild flavor but do not have soybean oil, canola oil, chemicals, sugar, and other undesirable ingredients.
For The Coconut Cream
I only recommend using Thai Kitchen, Sprouts, and Native Forest brands for the coconut cream. Other brands may not separate well or leave an aftertaste. These 3 brands are the ones I have tried and know will work. If for some reason the coconut cream is really hard, simply place it in a small bowl and pop in the microwave for a few seconds. Don’t leave it in so long that it melts, it just needs to be soft enough to stir.
If you eat dairy, you can replace the coconut cream with sour cream. If you use sour cream though, it will taste much more like ranch dip than salad dressing. It’s not necessarily bad, but something to be aware of – especially if you are wanting salad dressing and not a dip!
Stir together all of the ingredients in a storage bowl with a lid. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before eating.
Helpful Hints For Perfect Paleo And Whole30 Ranch Dressing
- If your coconut cream is too hard to stir into the mayo, simply put the cream in a small microwavable bowl and heat on high for around 15 seconds, or until soft but not melted. Then, add to the mayo and continue with the recipe.
- You can replace the coconut cream with sour cream if you eat dairy, but it will taste much more like a ranch dip and not a ranch dressing. Not that it’s a bad thing (especially if you’re making dip!), but something to be aware of.
- The mayo you choose is VERY important – it will make or break the recipe! I suggest only using my 5-minute homemade mayo or Veganaise Mayo. While some of the primal/paleo mayo’s are good, they tend to leave a tang when making ranch dressing. Sometimes tang is good, but for ranch it’s not. You want your ranch to be mild and creamy with a strong ranch taste and not tangy, otherwise it will taste off.
- If you’re doing an egg free whole30 see my egg free whole30 ranch recipe. Even though I prefer this recipe, it can be only be made egg free OR whole30, not both.
BTW – This recipe goes great with my Paleo & Whole30 Hot Wings – just sayin’, lol!!!
Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing or Dip
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- 3/4 C Homemade Mayonnaise or Veganaise for Vegan
- 1/4 C Coconut Cream*
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt more to taste
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder or to taste
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Dried Parsley or 4 Tbsp Fresh Parsley
- 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder or to taste
- 1/4 tsp. Dried Dill
- 1 1/2 tsp. Distilled White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/8 tsp. Paprika optional
- 1/4 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- Filtered Water as needed to thin
- Combine all ingredients except the water in a medium-sized container with a lid and mix together gently. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. Then, add filtered water as needed to thin.
- Cover and chill at least 30 minutes before serving.
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.