Ahhh RANCH dressing… the most classic of the dressings. I remember my “salads” when I was little consisted of plain raw spinach topped with heaps of icky bottled ranch stuff. That was BEFORE I came to love vegetables. Wow, how things have changed!
All over the internet I’ve seen recipes for creamy vegan salad dressings that use vegan mayo, tofu, cashews, and lots of other fun stuff. Although I’ve tried a lot of these recipes with success, today I wanted to try something a little different.
I used vegan yogurt as a base for the dressing to keep it free of any added oils (but still get some healthy fats) and to give it a nice bit of tang (Plus, probiotics!).
After that, all I had to do was figure out what spices worked together the best to create a ~ranchy~ taste and VIOLA… this (Healthy) Vegan Ranch was born.
This will be thrown on ALL of my salads, bowls, potatoes, beans, etc. for however long it lasts in my fridge (plus the multitude of times it gets re-made after that 😉 ).
If you’re looking for another tasty condiment recipe, check out my Naturally Sweetened Ketchup!
As always, if you end up making this (or any other recipe from the blog) I’d love to see your recreations or hear how it went in the comments below! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @cookwithcourt and #cookwithcourt to share!
(Healthy) Vegan Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup vegan yogurt *
- 1/4 cup unsweetened plant-based milk **(see notes)
- 2 medium cloves VERY finely chopped garlic (or 2 tsp dried garlic)
- 1 tbsp dried dill (or 3 tbsp fresh dill)
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika ***
- 1/2 tsp salt (plus more to taste)
* I would reccomend using a vegan yogurt with a NEUTRAL main ingredient- like cashews (what I used), soy, or almond. I would not recommend coconut milk yogurt in this recipe, as the final product will have a coconutty flavor. Make sure your yogurt is also unsweetened.
** The initial 1/4 cup of plant milk will lend to a thicker dressing. Add in plant milk by the tablespoon until desired consistency has been reached. (For reference, I added 1 extra tbsp for the photos in this post)
***Optional, for extra spice.