Angie here…

Stefanie’s post on salad dressing made me want to give it a try myself. The kids eat a lot of ranch dressing, and I’d like to convert them to a version that doesn’t have vegetable oils. I found a variety of recipes on the web, then combined the parts I liked into this one below. The result was thinner than Hidden Valley Ranch, but very tasty. I had a second helping of spinach today just so I could eat some more of the dressing. Now, I’m looking forward to Stephanie’s version!

Paleo Ranch Dressing
1 cup olive oil
1 cup Coconut Milk (use canned to get the thicker texture or use coconut cream mixed with coconut milk)
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 Tbs prepared dijon mustard
2 tsp Dill
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Chives
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp Parsley
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Sea Salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper (to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a blender or magic bullet and pulse until well combined.

 

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27 Comments

  1. Oohhh! Can’t wait to try this, Angie! Sounds great! May set the cavekids to this task soon.

  2. Angie, this turned out a really yummy dressing. My family thanks you. BTW, using dehydrated onion in it and letting it sit overnight before using also thickened the dressing up nicely.

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  4. Were the herbs dried or fresh? I want to give this a try. Thanks!

  5. I used dry, but I’m sure fresh herbs would be awesome. If using fresh, I’d double the amounts, though.

  6. OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you — you brought GOOD ranch dressing back into my life. I owe you. I had no idea coconut milk could work so well in a recipe like this, but it’s awesome. Thank you!

  7. I’m new to paleo and was hoping ranch would be on the menu. The dressing looks delicious but I was wondering how long will it be good for?

  8. Tiffany, I’m not sure…our dressing never hangs around long enough to go bad. But I’d guess it’d be good for a couple of weeks or so in the fridge. Thanks for reading!

  9. We are in the process of switching to a Paleo diet and finding a good ranch like dip was a must for us. Thank you!

  10. Welcome, Courtney! I’m glad you’re enjoying the Ranch dressing. it’s one of my favorites and gets the kids to eat a lot more veggies than they might do otherwise. :)

  11. I’m new to Paleo. and will probably sound dumb for asking but the prepared dijon mustard , is this just the ground mustard powder i have. or is this a mustard i have to prepare prior to making this. I just havent been able to find the recipe for it.

    • Hi Amanda and Welcome! There are no dumb questions around here! For Prepared Dijon mustard I just use bottled dijon mustard like Grey Poupon or even the store brand. Just read the label and opt for one with ingredients that you can pronounce.

  12. Thanks for the great recipe, it was delicious. After it was all mixed, I didnt think it was “ranchy” enough so I ended up adding more chives and added about a tablespoon of dehydrated onions to it, processed a bit more and it was more ranch like for sure. I THEN added 2 Tbsp of coconut butter, pulsed and refridgerated. It helped make it thicker! Thanks again for the fantastic recipe!

    • ooh, that sounds even better, Jessica! I’ll have to try it with the extra seasonings.

      Mine usually ends up very thick after I refrigerate it…that olive oil solidifies quite nicely. so I usually have to sit it out on the counter for a few minutes before eating it if I want to pour it on salad. If I’m dipping something into it, straight out of the fridge works best.

  13. Your cavemen are very sophisticated.

  14. My fiance is blown away by this recipe and I think it is amazing too. Thanks!

  15. This did not taste at all like ranch dressing. I followed the recipe exactly and it was too sour for our tastes. I tried to fix it but nothing worked.

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  21. Mine was really thin (and really good!) have any ideas to make it thicker?

  22. Happy I found this site! Anxious to try so many recipes including this one. The picture looks like it has chia seeds in it? What are the little black dots? Thank you for being here! Really excited to try your breads & muffins with almond & coconut flours!

  23. can u use evoo?

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  25. Hi there! Just wanted to compliment on this recipe and say thanks for posting it. While I will be honest and say it wasn’t to our tastes, being quite tart and not tasting like ranch at all, the texture is AMAZING. I will use it as a base for all my creamy non dairy dressings and dips from now on. Simply adjusting the variety of oils and seasonings used could produce a wide variety of different dressings. After sitting overnight in the fridge it became substantially thicker, is smooth, silky and has a rich mouth-feel. It did not separate like others I’ve tried. Thank you so much!! :-)

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