Homemade Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free, Vegan Option)

This homemade ranch dressing made with fresh herbs and paprika only takes 5 minutes to make and can be made dairy free or vegan.

Homemade Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free/vegan option) - @simplywhisked

A few years ago, I started making my own ginger salad dressing. It was simple and easy and tasted way better than anything I could find at the grocery store.It’s also a million times healthier for you. Not long after, I found a recipe for homemade ranch dressing on Pinterest and I’ve been making ever since. It’s amazing. I have even made other versions of the dressing like cilantro ranch dressing, but the original version is by far my favorite. I could drink the stuff. Okay, maybe that’s pushing it, but this stuff is seriously good.

It takes only 5 minutes if you throw everything in a food processor *affiliate link or blender. I used to use an immersion blender with a really big cup, but you could even make it by hand if you mince the garlic and finely chopped the herbs.


The recipe calls for 1/4 – 1/2 cup of milk, so it’s up to you how thick you make the dressing – I prefer mine a little on the runny side so I usually add a 1/2 cup, but if you’re dipping you’ll probably want it to be a bit thicker.

Dairy free homemade ranch dressing:

If you want to make this lactose or dairy free, swap out the milk and use a vegan sour cream. You may also want to add an extra teaspoon of lemon juice to replace the tang of real sour cream (because the vegan stuff doesn’t taste exactly the same).


Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free/vegan option) - @simplywhisked
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise*
  • 3/4 cup sour cream*
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 small bunch of fresh chives
  • 1 small bunch of fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk* (depending on desired thickness)


  1. In a food processor *affiliate link or blender, blend all ingredients.
  2. Allow flavors to combine in the refrigerator before serving.


*To make this dairy free: substitute vegan sour cream and dairy free milk. To make this vegan, swap the mayonnaise for vegan mayonnaise or avocado. If you find that the dressing isn’t tangy enough after make these adjustments, feel free to add an extra teaspoon of lemon juice to mimic the flavor of the real sour cream in the original version.


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Homemade Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free/vegan option) - @simplywhisked
  • Reply
    May 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

    did you intend to have two tablespoons of lemon juice or was that a mistake?

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      May 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Nope, it was definitely a mistake! Thanks for pointing it out. I just updated it to the correct ingredients.

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        July 24, 2015 at 1:54 am

        how long would this keep in my Fridge if I made a big batch ?

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          Melissa Belanger
          July 24, 2015 at 3:48 am

          Probably about a week or two. It really depends on how “new” your dairy products are. If those ingredients aren’t expiring anytime soon, neither should the dressing.

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    January 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Can you use dried herbs? We do not have access to fresh very often.

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      Melissa Belanger
      January 2, 2014 at 5:55 am

      You can use fresh herbs, but I use way less of them. Try adding a little and then adding more as you go so it isn’t too overpowering since the dried herbs will get more flavorful as they rehydrate. You could also substitute green onion for the chives if you have access to that.

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    April 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I love this dressing! I served it over a baby kale /pring mix salad and added blackend shrimp, sun dried tomatoes and some Parmesan cheese. It was good! I added a touch of sugar per Melissa’s suggestion bc it was a touch tart bc of the Greek yogurt for my taste and the dressing was excellent!

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    Danielle D.
    July 31, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Hello, I was just wondering how long this will keep in the fridge? I would love to get rid of the GMO Kraft and Hidden Valley brands and just make good ole home made dressing, but we eat ranch with everything! 🙂 Thanks!

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      Melissa Belanger
      July 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      I usually keep mine up to a week – if we don’t finish it first.

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    September 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Can you substitute Buttermilk for the milk?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      September 2, 2014 at 2:57 am

      Yes. You totally can! I would maybe leave the lemon juice out of the recipe or at least taste the final outcome before adding the lemon juice since buttermilk has a tangier taste than regular milk.

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    Ronnica, Striving Stewardess
    March 30, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Thanks! I’ve made my own ranch before, but struggled to get the proportions right. I also have never put it in a food processor…that seems like it would help a lot.

    Ranch is my favorite condiment (doesn’t it go with everything?) and I’m almost out, so I’m saving this to make soon!

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    Siew Leng
    April 3, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I’ve always wondered what to use for measuring mayo and sour cream; since it’s neither a solid nor a liquid. Do you use a measuring cup for solid or fluid?

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      Melissa Belanger
      April 4, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Sorry for the delayed response! I actually use either, depending on what is closer to me or clean, but more often than not I choose the dry cups.

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    June 5, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hi, My dressing turned out a bit orange…..did I use too much paprika? I used the amount called for, I thought, but have 2 little kiddos running around, so who knows! Thanks!

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      Melissa Belanger
      June 5, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      You may have! I think mine has had a hint of orange to it before, but it was usually when I added extra paprika. But, just give it a try and see how it tastes. You may be able to save it with a little extra mayo, milk or sour cream.

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    September 6, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I’ve been looking for a ranch recipe as it’s not popular in Ireland, do you know roughly how long this dressing would last ?

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      September 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

      As long as your ingredients (milk, sour cream, etc.) haven’t expired you should be good. If you’re not sure about them, I would say about 1 week.

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    February 23, 2017 at 12:03 am

    What kind/ brand of milk should be used for this recipe?

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      Melissa Belanger
      February 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      You can really use any kind you want. I have used skim and whole and they both turned out fine. Onviously, one was creamier, but the skim was still great!

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    B Conrad
    April 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Mmmmm. So good !!!! Just for personal taste I cut back the salt a little ( high blood pressure ) and added a dash of dried dill. This is a keeper 🙂

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    September 7, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Look so good, Melissa. Can it be put on a diet?

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