What condiment goes on, not only salads but also french fries? Dip pizza and carrots in it, too. It is the beloved ranch dressing. Ranch dressing soared as the king of condiments in the nineties. It dethroned ketchup and became the ultimate condiment choice for midwesterners everywhere. Nobody wants to miss out on ranch salad dressing, so it was important to create a dairy-free, gluten free, and low FODMAP version so that ranch lovers everywhere can enjoy it.
This delicious dairy free ranch dressing is a mayo based dressing with a dairy free buttermilk flavor made out of unsweetened almond milk and lemon juice for that signature tangy flavor. It also uses simple ingredients like dried herbs, like dill and parsley, in your pantry. Skip grocery store traditional ranch dressing filled with FODMAPs and make this homemade dairy free ranch dressing. It is a game changer for people with food allergies or intolerances.
- Mayo - Use a high-quality mayonnaise option like Hellmens.
- Almond Milk - Unsweetened is crucial. Otherwise, the ranch will be sweet.
- Lemon Juice - Fresh lemon juice is best.
- Dried Parsley -is needed for the herby ranch dressing flavor.
- Dried Dill- is such an important herb to use dill for that signature ranch flavor.
- Low FODMAP Garlic Salt - Use a certified low FODMAP option if a low FODMAP ranch dressing is needed. Smoke and Sanity is a great option.
- Green Onion Tops - Adds the perfect onion flavor without overpowering everything else.
- Ground Black Pepper - Just a bit of ground black pepper to add a bit of a spice.
- Worcestershire Sauce - Adds that umami flavor. Please note Monash University has tested Worcestershire sauce to be safe at two tablespoons. However, listen to your body. If you cannot tolerate it, please omit it from this recipe.
See the recipe card for the exact measurements and complete instructions. Selected ingredients are based on current serving sizes measured by the Monash FODMAP App at the time of publishing. As always, follow your gut and modify as needed.Jump to Recipe
In a small bowl, mix the almond milk and lemon juice. Set aside and let it sit while you mix up the rest of the ingredients.
Add the dairy free buttermilk mixture to the mayo mixture and stir until combined.
Allow the dressing to sit for a bit to let the dried herbs soften, and the flavors meld in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Variations for Ranch Dressing
Vegan Dairy Free Ranch Dressing - Use a vegan mayonnaise in place of the mayonnaise to make this into a vegan salad dressing.
Vegan Dairy Free Ranch Dip - Add ½ cup of vegan sour cream to thicken the dressing and create a veggie dip as a vegan option!
Vinegar Options - Instead of using lemon juice, use your favorite vinegar. Great low FODMAP options include apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, or basic white vinegar.
Milk Options- If you prefer soy milk (soy protein for low FODMAP, not soy bean) or full fat coconut milk instead of almond milk for a dairy free option. If you can tolerate dairy but not lactose, use a lactose free option. And if you do not need dairy free, sub in regular milk, any percentage but skim.
Store the homemade ranch dressing in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Once the dressing begins to separate and smells funky, it is time to make a new batch. Food safety comes first, always. I would not recommend freezing ranch dressing. The thawing process would cause the dressing to break and be watery.
This recipe is such a delicious ranch dressing you could eat it with a spoon. It is also delicious to use as a creamy dressing on a green salad with a few cut veggies like carrots and sliced radishes. Use it as a homemade ranch dip for all your favorite veggies and a delicious low FODMAP snack option for the next potluck! Nobody will ever know it is a dairy free and low FODMAP ranch dip!
Add a little ranch dressing drizzle, or a lot, over a grilled chicken burrito. Burritos filled with cilantro lime rice, avocado pico de gallo, and spicy grilled chicken. They are two of my favorite foods! So much flavor, and the whole family will never know the ranch isn't the dairy-filled real thing. Add it to your menu plan for this week.
Typical suspects, garlic, and onion are usually found in ranch dressing. FODMAPs can also be found in lactose of the dairy ingredients such as buttermilk.
To make a dairy free buttermilk, use two ingredients, unsweetened almond milk and fresh lemon juice. Add two teaspoons of fresh lemon juice to ⅓ cup of unsweetened almond milk. Don’t stir and allow the buttermilk mixture to sit for at least two minutes. Once ready to add it to the recipe, stir the mixture and add.
Low FODMAP Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free Too)
- Measuring Spoons
- ⅓ cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 teaspoons Lemon Juice
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Dill
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt Low FODMAP Certified if needed
- ½ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Green Onion Tops
- In a small bowl, mix the almond milk and lemon juice. Set aside.
- In a glass jar, like a wide mouth mason jar, add the mayo, parsley, dill, garlic salt, black pepper and worcestershire sauce.
- With a kitchen sheers or a sharp knife on a cutting board, chop the green onion tops.
- Add the dairy free buttermilk mixture to the mayo mixture and stir until combined.
- Allow the dressing to sit for a bit to let the dried herbs soften up and the flavors to meld in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If it is too thick, add a teaspoon of unsweetened almond milk and stir until the desired consistency.
- Ranch dressing will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.