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Paleo Ranch Dressing and Dip :: Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Filled With Healthy Fats!

June 23, 2017

From salad dressing to dip and everything in between, Paleo Ranch dressing is everything you love about Ranch, without the dairy!

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Little kids and Ranch dressing…

It’s a bit like my 6 year old and toads…they just go hand in hand! We’ve been enjoying all the creatures that summertime brings…especially this little one who I am pretty sure is destined to be some sort of animal scientist!

But back to the kids and Ranch!

I don’t remember using many other dressings as a kid, and I don’t know too many kids who don’t love Ranch dressing! As the commercials usually show, most kids will gobble up just about any vegetable if there’s Ranch involved!

So what’s the problem with commercial Ranch dressings?

Store bought Ranch dressings (yes, even many with “healthy” claimed on the bottle), are filled with rancid vegetable oils, soy, preservatives, sugar, and other additives. Kinda ruins the idea of the kids loading up on mineral rich, healthy veggies when they are drowning in it all that doesn’t it?!

It’s truly just not worth it. We have generations of kids (including my generation) that grew up on these toxic, rancid fats that did our bodies zero favors. Everything from our brains, to organ function, and even hormone regulation relies on real, healthy fats to work right.

All the flavor, using real ingredients!

Real food is so delicious dear friends! Big box companies just have to bottle up that flavor somehow faster and cheaper, as well as make it last long on the shelf. Which is why they have to add so much junk to it!

The good news, is that when you stick to the basics, and make it yourself, not only does it take just minutes to make, the real flavor from everything from the onion-y scallions to the herb-y dill and parsley give that dressing the Ranch flavor without even having to work hard!

Lightning fast prep!

I’m talking literally 5 minutes to dump it all in a jar and blend it up. It is easy and fast enough to prep on your prep day every week – if it will last that long. This dip/dressing goes really fast in my house – I swear the girls would drink it out of the jar if they could, and they definitely lick the bowl clean!

Why dairy free?

I’ll be the first one in the room to raise my hand when asked if raw dairy is a good food source. I am a huge believer in the power of raw dairy – and I love our local raw dairy farmers! Sadly, I just don’t tolerate it. So while it is a very healthy food, it just doesn’t work for some people, and that’s where I come in! You can swap the coconut milk for raw milk or cream easy peasy if you tolerate dairy and wish to!

And my dear dairy free friends, I hope you enjoy this creamy dreamy Ranch – I promise you won’t taste the coconut! Pinky swear!

A note on the fresh herbs versus dried

This time of year, my herb garden is loaded to the brim with herbs to make Ranch. In the winter we swap to dried herbs a lot (simply figure cutting the amounts of the fresh herbs down to a couple teaspoons of dried to make the swap). I do think that fresh herbs just make the Ranch that much sweeter…it really just takes the flavor up a few notches. If you have access to fresh, do it!

Different ways to flavor your Ranch!

Change things up a little big with these really fun ways to flavor your Ranch for a fun dip or dressing. My kids to tend to prefer just the plain Ranch, but 2 of them really love the Asian dressing mixed with a slaw salad – don’t knock it til you try it!

  • Chipotle Ranch :: Add 1 tsp chipotle powder (start with this and add more if you like more heat)
  • Bacon Ranch :: Swap the avocado oil for 2-4 tablespoons of bacon grease. You can also fold in chopped crispy bacon after blending
  • BBQ Ranch :: Add 3 tbps of your favorite BBQ sauce (we like this safe ingredient 5 minute homemade BBQ sauce)
  • Asian Style Ranch (so good on a cabbage slaw salad!) :: Swap the avocado oil for sesame oil. Swap the parsley for 1/2 tsp or more of ground ginger to your taste. Swap the white wine vinegar for 2 tbsp coconut aminos (tastes like soy sauce without the soy).

A note on tools…

It is easiest to make this dressing in a quart sized jar. The recipe makes a little over a pint of dressing. The quart jar just gives you more room to get all the fresh herbs in there, as well as use the blender. And speaking of the blender…the immersion blender will become your most beloved kitchen tool if you have never tried one before! Put it on your wishlist – you won’t be sorry. It gets daily use in my kitchen from dressings to soups!

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5 from 11 votes

Paleo Ranch Dressing and Dip

From salad dressing to dip and everything in between, Paleo Ranch dressing is everything you love about Ranch, without the dairy!
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free ranch dip recipe, dairy-free ranch dressing, Paleo ranch dressing recipe
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Renee -


  • 1 cup whole coconut milk I like this gum free coconut milk. If you tolerate dairy, raw milk would work
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil Olive oil would work too.
  • 1 small avocado pitted
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3 large green onions chopped (use the green and white part!)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill no need to chop
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives no need to chop
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley no need to chop
  • 3-4 basil leaves no need to chop
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 1 garlic clove would be fine but might adds a bit of heat to the dressing
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Everything into a quart mason jar (I just measure the liquids using the measurements right on the jar instead of dirtying measuring cups!).
  • Use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. Taste for salt/pepper to your taste.

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  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish June 26, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I cannot wait to make some of this! It sounds delicious and I love all of the healthy fats in this. Tiny Love is going to love this as a dip too.

  • Reply Irena June 27, 2017 at 10:48 am

    5 stars
    Gorgeous recipe!!! It would spruce up any old boring salad or veggies, for sure.

  • Reply Jean June 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    5 stars
    Such a pretty color. My husband is OBSESSED with ranch, so I’m always looking for paleo ranch recipes. I will definitely try this!

  • Reply Tina June 27, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Ranch is my favorite dressing – this looks like it would taste awesomesauce!

  • Reply Michele Spring June 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Oh man, I love you. I actually was about to make a ranch dressing tonight and realized I wasn’t sure how to make it dairy-free. So now I know and I’ll just make it tomorrow instead!! Looks SOOO good!

  • Reply Kari Peters June 28, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    5 stars
    This looks like the ultimate Ranch Dressing, you just can’t beat veggies dipped in ranch – I’ve been addicted to it my whole life!

  • Reply ChihYu June 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    5 stars
    Love this ranch dressing. It’s so creamy and dairy-free. Awesome !!

  • Reply Cristina Curp June 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    This sounds great, I love all the fresh herbs. It’s so AIP friendly too!!! Great recipe.

  • Reply Jessica DeMay June 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    5 stars
    This ranch looks amazing! I’m sure all those fresh herbs add so much flavor! I’m definitely going to try this 🙂

  • Reply STACEY CRAWFORD July 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    5 stars
    Wow, Ranch that is egg and dairy free! That is magical!

  • Reply Anya July 1, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    5 stars
    That immersion blender is one powerful tool. I love it to whip up easy dressings like this ranch dressing. Love that gorgeous green hue to it.

  • Reply Holley Marth July 3, 2017 at 12:59 am

    5 stars
    I love that this ranch is also egg free! Great for my next batch of AIP

  • Reply Darryl July 3, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Ranch dressing is not a term I’m familiar with in the UK, and I personally avoid dressings – but this looks superb!!! Great add to any salad.

  • Reply Becky Winkler July 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I’ve never liked traditional ranch but your fresh green version looks mighty tempting!

  • Reply Donna Ward July 14, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    I’m looking forward to making this!

  • Reply Tamara September 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    My daughter is dairy/egg/gluten free and is allergic to avocados (she requires a low histamine diet). I’m looking for a dip/dressing that doesn’t include avocado. Any ideas?

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 9, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Hi Tamara! Can she have coconut? You can swap the avo for coconut yogurt – although yogurt would probably be considered histamine (fermented) correct? Hmm…I have a French dressing/dip that my kids love but it has some ketchup – tomato are out with histamines too, correct? Let me keep thinking!

      • Reply Kari Hartley June 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

        You could replace the ketchup in your French dressing/dip with “nomato” brand ketchup 🙂

  • Reply Kristi N. October 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m trying to go Paleo, but being allergic to eggs is a huge problem when trying to eat that way. Thank you for posting an egg free ranch dressing! I am going to be trying this. 🙂 Can you tell me, how long will this recipe last in the fridge?

    • Reply Renee Kohley October 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Hi Kristi! That’s great! I don’t let this go more than a week in the fridge before using it all up 🙂

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  • Reply Sandy April 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    My son and I are starting the Whole 30 tomorrow. I’m not sure if he will like this or not. I would love to try it, but I’m allergic to coconut. Any suggestions on a Whole 30 compliant substitute?

    • Reply Renee Kohley April 4, 2018 at 5:38 pm

      Almond or cashew milk should work Sandy 🙂

  • Reply Nikki May 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Could you swap out the white wine vinegar for apple cider or white vinegar? Just trying to use what’s already in the pantry!

    • Reply Renee Kohley June 23, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Nikki! White vinegar should be fine, but I would not recommend ACV – it won’t taste good!

  • Reply Martha July 9, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Where can I find the nutritional value?

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 9, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Hi Martha! You can Google nutritional value calculators – there are a few you can put the ingredients in and grab those values.

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  • Reply Nikki July 22, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Could you replace the white wine vinegar with ACV or red wine?

  • Reply Sara August 17, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Would lemon juice work as well as the vinegar in this recipe? Not able to use vinegars currently due to health issues.

  • Reply Kimberly Steele December 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my!!!! We just made this tonight! It is amazing!!! I have been sugar free and dairy free for 10 months. I was missing very little, but I have gotten tired of my homemade vinaigrette dressings. I really missed my ranch dressing. This is better than any store bought recipe I ever had! This is delicious! Mine was a touch heavy on the green onions for my taste so I may cut back to 2 next time. Other than that, I won’t change a thing! Delicious! Thank you!!!

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      Awesome Kimberly! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Reply Val Kowalski July 6, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Would you use full-fat canned coconut milk or the ones in the carton?

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 6, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Val! Use full fat coconut milk! Mine comes in a carton, but canned is fine too.

  • Reply Amanda July 6, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Renee, do you think for the Asian style ranch that an equal swap of sesame oil instead of avocado oil is too much? Since sesame oil is so strong?

    • Reply Renee Kohley July 6, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Amanda! I’m really not sure! I would do half to start and the other half olive oil maybe if you can’t have avo oil?

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    5 stars

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    How long would this typically last?

    • Reply Renee Kohley April 28, 2020 at 6:35 am

      Hi Kami! It’s good for just under a week – between 4-6 days. The avocado loses some of it’s freshness by then. The vinegar keeps it from browning but you can tell the avocado is done by the end of the week.

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    The links for your coconut milk and gum free coconut milk aren’t working. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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