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The Best Paleo Ranch Dressing (Dairy-Free!)

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Learn how to make the BEST Paleo Ranch Dressing! This easy dairy-free ranch recipe comes together in 5 minutes or less and tastes good on just about everything! (Gluten free, paleo, Whole30-approved)

Spoon scooping dairy free paleo ranch dressing with fresh veggies in the background

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m WAY more likely to eat more veggies when I have a yummy dip or dressing with them. Ranch dressing is a staple, and when we went gluten and dairy free 6 years ago, paleo ranch dressing became a staple at our house.

This creamy homemade ranch dressing (or dip!) is dairy-free and delicious on basically EVERYTHING. We make a new batch every week or so (it’s easy to make a half batch, too!) and it’s always a big hit. SO many of you have enjoyed this recipe over the years, I wanted to give it a fresh makeover with new photos, updated directions, and a recipe video tutorial to go with it.

Here’s what goes into our FAVORITE paleo ranch dressing recipe…

A Jar of Paleo Ranch Dressing with text that reads "Dairy Free Paleo Ranch Dressing"
Overhead view of Crudite plate with Paleo Ranch Dressing in the center

Simple INgredients To Get Started

My recipe for paleo ranch dressing is an easy one, made with a handful of staple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand, such as:

  • PALEO MAYO. Usually this means avocado oil mayonnaise. You can buy several brands in the stores these days. This one and this one are two I often choose. (This one is really tasty but not strictly paleo) (You can also make your own. I used to have a tutorial for the mayo here, but found that my friend Cassie explains it much better than I ever did–complete with video!–using the same method I love. Here’s how to make your own paleo approved mayo.)
  • NONDAIRY MILK OR WATER. To thin the mayo out a bit and keep this a dairy-free ranch dressing, you’ll add a splash of dairy free milk or water. For milk, my two faves are unsweetened cashew milk (thinner, with a super neutral flavor) or canned full-fat coconut milk, which is much creamier (and doesn’t make it taste coconut-y). Water also works, and I use it almost all the time.
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. I like the kind with “the mother” in it. The mother is basically strands of proteins, enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria that give cider vinegar that murky look. Braggs or this one are my two faves.
  • FRESH HERBS (OR DRIED HERBS). I love making this with fresh dill. 1 Tbsp gives lots of fresh flavor and some pretty flecks of color, but I use dried dill more often than not. For dried dill, you use 1/3 the amount of fresh. (So 1 teaspoon dried dill = 1 Tablespoon fresh dill)
  • PANTRY SEASONINGS. Really basic, but great flavor comes from garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and black pepper.
  • EXTRAS. Feel free to add fresh chives, some cooked crumbled bacon, and more!

Cucumber being dipped into Paleo Ranch Dressing

Front view of a buffalo chicken burger on a gluten-free bun with lettuce, tomato, buffalo sauce, and paleo ranch.

8 Yummy Ways To Enjoy This Paleo Ranch Dressing

Dairy-free ranch dressing is truly good on almost everything. Our family isn’t paleo, but we are 100% gluten-free, so some of our favorites are gluten-free but not paleo-approved. Try this ranch…

  1. DRIZZLED ON SALADS. Obvious, but true. This ranch is great with all kinds of salads (like this one!). Mix and match your favorite proteins and veggies and drizzle with paleo ranch. Instant delicious lunch or dinner!
  2. AS A DIP WITH VEGGIES. Everyone at my house is more likely to eat vegetables when there’s something yummy to dip them in. This paleo ranch dip is a classic for kids and adults alike. It always goes well on a crudite plate at a party, and no one even realizes its paleo. Try it with carrots, celery, cucumbers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and more!
  3. ON BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGERS. Our paleo & Whole30-friendly Buffalo Chicken burgers are delicious with a drizzle of homemade ranch on top!
  4. WITH CRISPY SMASHED POTATOES. The combination of these Crispy Smashed Potatoes and the creamy ranch will change your life. This recipe is Whole30 approved and fantastic if you include potatoes in your diet.
  5. SERVED WITH CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN TENDERS. We love this with our Gluten Free Crispy Chicken Tenders, Paleo Almond Flour Chicken Tenders, and our Pecan Crusted Chicken Tenders. Drizzle, dunk, or dip those chicken tenders! (Or chicken wings, for that matter!)
  6. SPREAD ON SANDWICHES OR WRAPS. Swap your regular mayo for this paleo ranch! It’s fantastic on all kinds of sandwiches and wraps.
  7. IN CHICKEN SALAD AVOCADO CUPS. One of my favorite recipes ever. I love this Ranch BLT Chicken Salad and scooping it into lettuce cups or avocado cups makes it extra amazing.
  8. WITH CHIPS. Not exactly paleo, but this homemade ranch dip is AMAZING with some salty potato chips! It disappears at parties!
Close up overhead view of paleo ranch dressing with fresh veggies in the background

FAQ + Tips For The Best Paleo Ranch Every Time

HOW LONG WILL HOMEMADE MAYO STAY FRESH? If you’re using store-bought mayonnaise, this paleo ranch will easily keep in the fridge for a week. If you’re using homemade mayo, I recommend going through it in closer to 4-5 days, if you can. I keep mine in a Mason jar or airtight container for best results.

WHOLE30? READ THIS! To make this as Whole30 ranch dressing, you need to be sure your mayo is Whole30 compliant (no soy, no added sugar, etc.) This brand and this brand are approved. (Or, you can follow the tutorial I linked above for making your own!)

CAN YOU LIGHTEN THIS RECIPE UP? If you’re not paleo (or include dairy in your diet), you can swap half the mayo for plain unsweetened Greek yogurt or grass-fed yogurt in this homemade ranch dip recipe. It’ll be tangy and creamy and delicious!

CAN YOU MAKE IT VEGAN? You bet! Swap your favorite veganaise in place of the mayonnaise below. (Note: it probably won’t be paleo-approved in this case)

Veggie tray with dairy free paleo ranch dressing
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Spoon scooping dairy free paleo ranch dressing with fresh veggies in the background

The Best Paleo Ranch Dressing (or Dip!)

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x


This easy paleo ranch comes together in no time. Dairy free, gluten free, paleo and keto approved! We basically put it on everything! 



For the ranch dressing:

  • 3/4 cup paleo mayonnaise (such as avocado oil mayo*)
  • 24 Tablespoons coconut milk, unsweetened cashew milk, or water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh dill or 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon salt (I like more salt!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


For the ranch dressing:

  1. In a small bowl or a jar, combine mayonnaise, 2 Tbsp milk or water, cider vinegar, dill, garlic & onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Whisk or blend together until smooth.
  3. Taste and add additional salt, pepper, or seasonings to taste.
  4. Add additional milk/water if desired for a thinner consistency.
  5. Ranch dressing will keep for 1 week covered in the refrigerator.


*Look for avocado oil mayonnaise with no refined sugar, such as Primal Kitchen, Better Body, Chosen Foods, etc.

If you aren’t strictly paleo, you may also like Sir Kensington’s avocado oil mayo. (If not paleo, you can use whatever mayonnaise you like.)

For vegan version, use your favorite veganaise.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Dip, Dressing, Salad Dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Post, photos, and recipe updated June 2019. Originally posted March 2015. 


  1. Thanks for sharing! I will give this a try with store bought mayo. I love homemade ranch, but hate buying buttermilk special for it or having to take lactaid just to eat a salad.

  2. So glad I just came across this recipe! My husband and I wanted to eat a salad for lunch and we were looking for a creamy healthy dressing. We were actually making funny comments how bad and unhealthy traditional “ranch” is for you and so many people eat that stuff!! I just made your dressing and can’t wait to share it with my family. It is nice to try new recipes and discover what other healthy family eats! Love you site as well Emily!

    1. Lydia – With an egg allergy, you can’t make this mayo recipe since it relies on the emulsification of the egg yolk and won’t work without it.

      You CAN make the ranch by using 1 cup veganaise in place of the mayo. My favorite brand is Just Mayo, which uses pea protein. I use the Just Mayo veganaise all the time with great results!

    2. I use aquafaba, the liquid from a can of garbanzo beans. Use 3 TAB of aquafaba to replace the one egg. Follow the recipe and presto, you have beautiful mayo. No kidding!

  3. I have been so hesitant to make my own ranch so I keep buying it even though I’ve had this pinned for months…and I finally ran out my Tessemaes and whipped this up and ITS BETTER! And way way cheaper !!!

    Thanks for such an easy recipe! I’ll be making this pretty much every week 🙂 yum

    1. Can you use Almond milk?
      Could you use Dukes mayo?
      I can’t have any garlic or onion for health reasons could you leave this out?

      1. Almond milk will work fine as long as it’s unsweetened and not vanilla! And yes, Duke’s mayo should be fine. Without the onion or garlic, the flavor will be a little different, but you can compensate with a little extra pepper + dill, to taste. Hope you love it!

  4. I have made several paleo ranch dressings and this one is by far the best! I would say better than the real thing, actually. The coconut milk is genius- makes it so creamy! Thank you!

    1. Mary – Sure! Can you do any other non-dairy milks? Cashew milk works great here, or unsweetened almond milk can work. Coconut milk is nice because of the thickness, but other milks will also work well, too. You may want to start with slightly less than the amount of coconut milk and add a little bit at a time from there till you reach the thickness you like.

  5. We do not add the Dill. We use parsley instead and add 1/2 t mustard powder. We also add 1/2 t salt. We use Chosen Foods avacodo oil mayo. Hope this helps somebody.

  6. I love making mayo with my immersion blender but I prefer not to use raw eggs. I use pasteurized egg whites instead and it comes out great. I use the equivalent of 1 egg as indicated on the container (3 T or 46 g) and it emulsifies just as quickly, and it keeps a lot longer in the fridge since it doesn’t have raw egg in it.

  7. I make mayo with an immersion blender a lot and use pasteurized egg whites instead of raw egg. One time it didn’t thicken, and by trial and error, I added some more pasteurized egg whites, used the immersion blender again, and it thickened right up to mayo consistency.

  8. Love this dressing! I used avocado oil mayo instead of making my own which required a little more Milk and seasonings, but so pleased with the results! I’m picky with dressings and have many diet restrictions, this is a life saver!

  9. I just made your Homemade Ranch dressing and it was excellent! My husband looked at me and said his taste so much better than any store bought Ranch we’ve ever purchased. My reply was, it’s healthier too! Thank you for sharing~

  10. I made this recipe with chicken bone broth instead of coconut milk and it turned out great! I love it especially with fresh dill which I grow. Thank you!!

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