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VEGAN RANCH (DRESSING AND DIP)

This vegan ranch is not only super creamy and tangy but also incredibly easy to make. It’s great as a dip with veggie sticks, cauliflower wings, or as a salad dressing. And it’s ready in less than 5 minutes!

Did you know that in 2017 forty percent in the U.S. named ranch as their favorite dressing? It’s also extremely popular as a dip with vegetables or other finger food. So of course we needed a vegan version of ranch on the blog! And the recipe couldn’t be much easier!

IS RANCH VEGAN?

No, ranch dressing is usually not vegan as it’s made of a combination of mayonnaise and buttermilk. Besides, ranch dressing contains garlic, onion, herbs (mostly chives, parsley, and dill) and spices (black pepper and paprika).

However, it’s very easy to make a vegan version of ranch dressing as you can just replace the regular mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise and leave out the buttermilk.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE VEGAN RANCH:

  • vegan mayonnaise
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • chopped parsley
  • chopped dill
  • chives
  • apple cider vinegar
  • unsweetened plant-based milk (for example soy or almond milk)
  • salt and pepper
  • paprika (optional)

As always, you can find the full ingredient list and the recipe instructions in a separate recipe box at the end of this post. 

fresh chives, parsley, and three little bowls of vegan mayonnaise, chopped dill, and spices on a marble counter top (ingredients for vegan ranch)

What kind of vegan mayonnaise? 

My favorite store-bought vegan mayonnaise is Vegenaise by Follow Your Heart or Just Mayo. Peta also has a great list of vegan mayonnaise brands with short reviews of each product.

If you’ve trouble finding vegan mayonnaise or if you’re looking for a cheaper version, you could also use homemade vegan mayonnaise. All you need is a blender, oil, soy milk, and apple cider vinegar.

Why did I use apple cider vinegar for my ranch? 

Ranch dressing is often made with a combination of buttermilk and mayonnaise. To give our vegan ranch dressing its typical creamy and tangy taste, we added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar instead of using buttermilk.

HOW TO MAKE VEGAN RANCH:

The recipe for the vegan ranch dressing couldn’t be much easier. You don’t have to do much and it’s ready in less than 5 minutes.

vegan mayonnaise, dill, parsley, chives, onion, and garlic powder in a white bowl with a spoon on a marble counter top (preparation of vegan ranch)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. If you’re using the vegan ranch as a dressing for a salad, I recommend adding more plant-based milk to make the ranch thinner. Always make sure the plant-based milk you use is unsweetened.

vegan ranch sauce in a a white bowl with a whisk on a marble counter top

MY FAVORITE WAYS TO USE THIS VEGAN RANCH DRESSING:

There are so many great ways to use this ranch. Here are my favorite ideas:

  • as a dip with veggie sticks like carrots, celery, cucumber, and broccoli
  • on a big salad with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and avocado (you could make the vegan ranch thinner by adding more plant-based milk)
  • with cauliflower wings
  • drizzled over pizza
  • with potato wedges
  • as a dip for vegan chicken nuggets 
  • on a veggie burger
  • in a wrap or on tacos 
a plate with carrot, celery sticks, and a bowl with vegan ranch on a marble counter top

CAN YOU MAKE VEGAN RANCH WITHOUT MAYONNAISE?

Yes, it’s definitely possible to make vegan ranch without mayo. You could, for example, use cashews as a base instead of vegan mayonnaise. However, you need a high speed blender to turn cashews into a creamy sauce.

For vegan ranch with cashews: Replace the mayonnaise with 1 cup of cashews and 1/2 cup of water. Then follow the rest of the recipe.

If you’re looking for a lighter version, you could replace the vegan mayonnaise with unsweetened plant-based yogurt or silken tofu.

However, if you’re looking for an authentic vegan ranch that comes pretty close to the real thing, I would recommend using vegan mayonnaise.

VEGAN RANCH (DRESSING AND DIP)

Course: Dip, SaladsCuisine: American
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Calories

243

kcal

This vegan ranch is not only super creamy and tangy but also incredibly easy to make. It’s great as a dip with veggie sticks, cauliflower wings, or as a salad dressing. And it’s ready in less than 5 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill

  • 1 tablespoon chives

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened plant-based milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika powder (optional)

  • salt, to taste

  • black pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until well combined. 

Notes

  • You can serve the vegan ranch with veggie sticks, as a salad dressing, with cauliflower wings, on a veggie burger, or with vegan chicken nuggets. Or drizzle it over pizza!
  • Always make sure the plant-based milk you use is unsweetened.
  • If you’re using the vegan ranch as a dressing for salad, I recommend adding more plant-based milk. 
  • For a lighter version you can use plant-based yogurt (again, make sure it’s unsweetened) or silken tofu instead of vegan mayonnaise.

This recipe was created by veganheaven read the full article here

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