Ranch dressing is such a staple of the American culinary landscape. It’s probably the Americans’ favorite dressing since there are ranch flavored potato chips, sunflower seeds, taco shells, etc. There’s even a ranch flavored soda! Yup, it’s real 😉!
It was created in the 50s by Steve Henson, a plumber from Nebraska while he was working in Alaska. The main ingredients were mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic and herbs – chives, dill and parsley. After his contract in Alaska ended, Henson and his wife bought a ranch in California – Hidden Valley Ranch. Hence, the name ranch dressing. They soon started to sell it to guests and local supermarkets. But the demand was so high, so they opened a factory to produce it in larger quantities. Twenty years later, they sold the name and the recipe to Clorox (yup, the bleach producer) and, in time, the recipe was altered to make the ranch dressing last longer. And you know what this means, right?!
So, why buying ranch dressing when it’s so easy make your own homemade ranch dressing?! All you need to do is throw together in a bowl just a few simple ingredients, give them a good stir and that’s it.
Vegan homemade ranch dressing ingredients
In this paragraph you’ll find general information about used ingredients, their role and possible substitutes. Details about quantities and preparation steps can be found in the recipe box at the end of the article.
- vegan mayonnaise – in case you don’t have anything in handy, check my vegan aquafaba mayonaise recipe, which is enough to prepare this dressing;
- soy yogurt – the original recipe calls for buttermilk; and, although making your own buttermilk is beyond simple, somehow it didn’t work; so, I used the next thing close to buttermilk that I had in my fridge: soy yogurt; and it turned out fine 😊; if you want to make vegan buttermilk, combine 1/2 tsp lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar) with 60 ml of plant milk and it will need 1 minute to curdle; avoid using coconut milk as it doesn’t curdle;
- garlic – I used a few crushed garlic cloves, but garlic powder works fine too;
- herbs – chives, parsley and dill; I prefer using fresh, but dry herbs work as well;
- salt, ground black pepper and a pinch of smoked paprika, which is optional.
How to store the ranch dressing
You can store it in the fridge, in an airtight container, up to one week. Freezing is not an option here.
How to serve the ranch dressing
This ranch dressing is perfect for fresh vegetables salads. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for roasted vegetables. And here are some other ideas for serving this vegan sauce:
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Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing
- 250 g vegan mayonnaise
- 60 ml soy yogurt or vegan buttermilk
- 4 g chopped fresh chives
- 4 g chopped fresh parsley
- 4 g chopped fresh dill
- 3-4 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- ⅔ tsp salt or to taste
- ¼ tsp smoked paprika optional
- Put all ingredients in a bowl and combine well;
- Let the sauce sit in the fridge for an hour before serving so that all flavors are released.