Creamy Ranch Dressing Free PD Recipe

2013-04-16
Creamy Ranch Dressing - © ProtectiveDiet.com

This dairy free Creamy Ranch Dressing keeps getting creamier with every passing month of eating an oil free and nut free plant based diet. If you are initially coming off full fat dressings, this version may taste a bit flat, but after just two and a half weeks our fat receptors in our taste buds stop searching for fats. Over time they become receptive to the trace natural fats found in foods. This is when the magic happens and Protective Diet Creamy Ranch Dressing starts to taste just like the full fat original you knew and loved.

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    Comments (37)

    1. posted by PlantstronginTEXAS on May 22, 2013

      I made this dressing today and I thought it was a close match to tasting like the real ranch dressing ! I loved it and will definitely be making this again in the future! Thanks Julie!!!! 🙂

    2. posted by maggie carson on June 12, 2013

      How long will this keep? Can part of it be frozen?

      • posted by Julie Marie on June 12, 2013

        I wouldn’t recommend freezing it. It will keep up to 5 days. You could cut the recipe in half if you have another use for half a box of tofu.

    3. posted by Jennifer on June 30, 2013

      So So So So So So GOOD!!! I made mine with extra firm tofu and it makes a huge batch that thickens up a lot. So, I will dilute a bit with water or plant milk as I use it. Was GREAT with the onion rings and zucchini sticks.

    4. posted by Denise on July 16, 2013

      So good as a dip with your Baked Potato Wedges and with raw vegetables!

    5. posted by danielle lombardo on July 31, 2013

      Ahh! Life changing! This is the closest thing I’ve had to ranch since going plant based! Can’t wait to have it with my seitan wings tonight!!

    6. posted by dara lavallee on August 11, 2013

      I love this recipe, it is a God send! Thank you!

    7. posted by Brittany on November 9, 2013

      Another delicious recipe by Julie the Culinary Genius! 🙂

    8. posted by Victoria Dollenmaier on November 26, 2013

      Very good stuff! And very thick!!! I thinned mine up a little bit with some apple cider vinegar. It also had a bit of that tofu taste, so the vinegar helped with that too.

      • posted by Julie Marie on November 26, 2013

        I recommend using Nasoya brand tofu. It has less of a taste and blends much creamier.

    9. posted by Mary Dardinger on December 5, 2013

      My DH won’t eat dill. Is there a good substitute for it? I’d hate to miss out on a recipe everyone seems to love.

      • posted by Julie Marie on December 6, 2013

        Try it with out the dill or just put 1/2 Tablespoon in half and let your DH try it both ways.

    10. posted by Joan on December 15, 2013

      This is the first recipe of yours that I have made and it was such a treat! It has been over three years since we went plant-based and I haven’t had any form of a ranch dressing in all that time. We made potato wedges to go with it and I was in heaven. Thank you.

    11. posted by newhopeden on January 4, 2014

      I love this one so much. I make it every week. I use it for dips because it comes out thick. But when I want it on a salad I just add more soymilk. I’ve even used this in a veggie pasta salad and it turned out delicious. I also added it to the swedish meatball/gravy and it kind of tasted or at least had the consistency of “beef” stroganoff.

    12. posted by PlantstronginTEXAS on January 15, 2014

      I made this today using the nasoya brand of tofu. OMG!! Really really good! I am eating it tonight with buffalo potato wedges!!! :). I did blend it up in my Vitamix to make sure it was really creamy!!! 🙂

    13. posted by Barbara Wright on February 1, 2014

      I don’t know why I waited so long to make this dressing. This is amazing!!! I left out the dill because I didn’t have any and loved it anyway. This will make it so easy to get more greens and raw veggies in my diet. Thank you Julie!!!

    14. posted by kelly higgins on February 1, 2014

      14 oz of extra firm tofu. Is that the little boxes? Ours are only 12.5 oz. Or regular tofu in a tub? Thank you!

      • posted by Julie Marie on February 2, 2014

        The 14 ounce box is refrigerated and water packed. If your box is 12 ounces, refrigerated, water packed and extra firm it will be fine. Don’t use the dry pre pressed tofu or shelf stable tofu the texture will be off.

    15. posted by Sheila Yount on March 9, 2014

      I love this dressing! I love it on top of my Lasagna, and plan to put it on top of my salad this week.

    16. posted by mary waldeck on November 23, 2014

      Really enjoyed this recipe Julie! Thank you for another great creation.

    17. posted by Deni Marie on November 27, 2014

      Great recipe, taste is wonderful and it has lots of versatility!!

    18. posted by melly__74 on April 12, 2015

      I have a really stupid question. It doesn’t say to drain the tofu. But I did out of habit. Then made the dressing and it’s super think. Had to add a lot more soymilk. I was supposed to drain the tofu And Not add it water and all right?

      • posted by Julie Marie on April 13, 2015

        There are never stupid questions around here. Always drain the preserving liquid. This is a very thick dressing/dip and may be thinned with additional soymilk.

      • posted by Julie Marie on May 21, 2015

        Add more milk if you prefer it thinner. You were correct to drain the tofu. We never use the preserving liquid in any recipes.

    19. posted by rnh330 on April 16, 2015

      Could I use a different type of milk? Almond/cashew?

      • posted by Julie Marie on May 21, 2015

        On a PD in we do not use Almond or Cashew because of the food additives and higher fat content. You are welcome to give them a try. I prefer either unsweetened plain organic soymilk that only contains soybeans and water or homemade rice milk.

    20. posted by Bonnie Drager on June 4, 2015

      Now that it is summer again. Can we used fresh herbs instead of dried. Have you tried it with fresh?

      • posted by Julie Marie on September 21, 2015

        You can give them a try, but classic ranch flavor comes from using dried herbs. It will have more of a Green Goddess Dressing flavor. YUM!

    21. posted by Dorothy on August 1, 2015

      Hi Julie, have you tried this with the yogurt? Did it work?

    22. posted by Venus Cruz on August 1, 2015

      Can I use tofu that I have frozen or not?

    23. posted by Char on September 14, 2015

      Would firm tofu work vrs. Extra firm?

    24. posted by Jane Swart on November 11, 2015

      The first time I tried this dressing I was not impressed, but that was before my taste bud reprogramming. I think no one should post a review until after their taste buds have changed. I thought it was bland. Now it’s so rich and creamy I can’t believe it. And spiced perfectly! It’s on my rotation now!

    25. posted by lsafran on January 27, 2016

      mine needed 1/2 cup of soymilk to get creamy??

    26. posted by bnoren on September 6, 2020

      How long does the dressing keep before you have to toss it? It will be only me consuming this in my house, unless you count my dogs.

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