Jar of homemade gluten free ranch dressing

Where are my ranch lovers at?! (Hands raised and waving wildly here.)

The other day I was wondering when and where and why and how ranch dressing became a “thing” so I turned to the most trusted source on the internet – Wikipedia – to find out. That’s a joke, but actually…I did start there. Anyway, the story begins with an Alaskan dude ranch in the 50s and concludes with a University of Iowa student in the present day. Because of COURSE.

We need to edit the Wiki article to add that America’s favorite salad dressing is not only super simple to make at home, but it’s gluten free and easily made vegan too!

Watch How to Make It!

Homemade Gluten Free Ranch Dressing

Like most homemade salad dressings and vegetable dips, making ranch dressing is easier that you’d ever think. Combine fridge and spice cupboard staples – including mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, milk, herbs, and spices – into a bowl then whisk it up. Incredibly simple and so, so much better than store bought ranch dressing. Yes, even Hidden Valley. Start eating my homemade ranch dressing and the bottled stuff will start tasting like chemicals!

Make it Vegan

I make my gluten free ranch dressing vegan because 2/3 of my kids have, or have had, food allergies including eggs and milk. To make this recipe vegan, use vegan mayonnaise (I like Hellman’s) and dairy-free milk – I use unsweetened almond milk. That’s it!

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What to Dunk into Homemade Ranch Dressing

Not only is gluten free ranch dressing one of the easiest things you can whip up in just a couple of minutes at home, but I cannot TELL you how tasty it is with the following:

  • Homemade fries
  • Tater tots
  • Pizza
  • Carrots
  • Snap Peas
  • Sweet peppers
  • Salads
  • Wraps
  • Chicken
  • Burgers

Whisk this recipe up, stash it in the fridge, then utilize often. Let’s do it!

Carrot stick dipping into Homemade Ranch Dressing that's gluten-free and vegan too.

How to Make Gluten Free Ranch Dressing

To a medium sized bowl add mayonnaise, milk (any kind, I use unsweetened almond milk,) apple cider vinegar, dried parsley flakes, dried chives, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, plus salt and pepper to taste, then whisk to combine.

I have made this recipe using everything from regular mayo to Hellman’s vegan mayo, and have also made this ranch with Earth Balance Vegan Mayonnaise.

FYI: I have not tested this recipe with Greek yogurt or sour cream or anything other then vegan mayo.

That’s all she wrote! Pour the dressing into a jar with a tight fitting lid, or container, then keep in the refrigerator for all your ranch-related needs for 1-2 weeks. I hope you love this tasty homemade ranch dressing recipe as much we do – enjoy!

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Gluten Free Ranch Dressing (Vegan Friendly)


Gluten Free Ranch Dressing is made with fridge and pantry staples, and is easily made vegan. This is a must-have dip and dressing recipe for ranch-lovers!


makes 1-1/2 cups

  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegan mayo)
  • 6 Tablespoons milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • salt and pepper


  1. Add all ingredients into a bowl then whisk until smooth. Add more milk to thin dressing out if desired. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.


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