Best Dairy-Free Tofu Ranch Dressing

by Alena
Jun 24, 2020
white table with wooden chopping board and a small glass jar containing creamy green dairy free ranch

Pour it, spread it or dip it — this easy and delicious dairy-free tofu ranch is perfect for so many purposes. We love it as a quick low-fat salad dressing or a creamy oil-free dip for our veggies and cauliflower bites.

Our dairy-free ranch is one of the easiest vegan condiments you can make at home, no special kitchen tools or fancy ingredients needed.

This vegan beginner recipe is meal prep-friendly, weight loss-friendly and high in protein! What more would you want from a humble tofu ranch?

Depending on how much water you add to the dairy-free creamy goodness, you can either use it as a dressing or a dip. You may have noticed the beautiful vibrantly green color of our vegan ranch — that’s due to the fresh fragrant herbs that we use in this recipe!

If you can try the dairy-free ranch without expecting it to be 100% like the real thing that you might be used to, even better. Healthy plant-based eating comes with a learning curve and finding delicious replacements for animal products and refined foods is part of the process!

Health, Nutrients & Weight

One key to healthy and sustainable weight loss is enjoying the foods you eat — another one is to not drown your nutritious vegetables in oil or heavy dairy products.

It makes us so sad to see vibrant veggie bowls that are topped with tons of saturated fat, transforming an innocent dinner into a really fatty, high-calorie meal.

Combining the principles of eating healthy, nutrient-dense and fiber-rich foods with adding tasty flavors makes it so easy to load your plate with delicious food while the excess pounds can just melt off your body.

Instead of an oily and rich dairy-based ranch, choose our vegan dressing that’s made with high-protein silken tofu and just a couple of fresh herbs — you won’t regret making this delicious swap.

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Why This Is the Best Vegan Tofu Ranch Dressing

  • Low-fat and cholesterol-free
  • So versatile, fragrant and tasty
  • Undetectably vegan & dairy-free
  • Creamy yet oil-free and nut-free
  • Tangy, herby & satisfying
  • Perfect for salads, wraps or as a dip
  • Low-calorie & weight loss-friendly
  • Completely whole food plant-based & fuss-free

Take your raw veggies or salads to a whole new level with this 5-minute herbed tofu ranch! You can even prepare a larger batch and keep it in the fridge for up to a week to make it super easy to eat more vegetables regularly.

Choose Homemade & Dairy-Free

While we don’t think that it’s worth making every simple component of your meals from scratch at home, some condiments and sauces are really worth the couple of minutes they take.

While there are dairy-free ranch dips at the store these days, they don’t fall under the whole food plant-based guidelines and often contain oils, sugar, lots of salt and some more sugar.

Yes, we’re so happy that there are vegan choices readily available and that we’re all moving away from animal products more and more, but why not go for a delicious and really fresh ranch dressing that comes with some benefits?

In our books, choosing dairy-free condiments is really important for ethical, environmental and also health reasons. We’d love to get you on board with this easy and delicious dairy-free ranch! Let’s see how to make it.

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How to Make Dairy-Free Ranch

Your tender greens are waiting to be slathered in some vibrantly green vegan ranch dressing! Just gather a handful of plant-based staple ingredients and add them to a blender or food processor — within a couple of seconds, you’ll be able to enjoy a fresh and creamy dairy-free ranch dip.

If you don’t want it to turn out as green as our version, simply don’t blend your fresh dill, parsley and chives into it — you can also finely chop them and add to your white tofu base once it’s been blended.

Adjust the ingredients, such as garlic and onion powder, vinegar, salt and nutritional yeast to your taste and pour this delicious condiment over your veggies or use it as a dip.

But what exactly do you need to make this dairy-free ranch?

Ingredients for Our Low-Fat Tofu Ranch

  • Silken Tofu — creates a creamy, low-fat & high-protein dairy-free base for this dairy-free ranch
  • Garlic & Onion Powder — these two lay the groundwork for our deep savory flavor and help you add less salt!
  • Fresh Parsley, Dill & Chives — you can replace those with dried herbs but try to use fresh ones if you can, it adds a whole lot of flavor!
  • Nutritional Yeast — did we mention that almost all of our cheesy dairy-free condiments rely on this nutritious powder?
  • Apple Cider Vinegar — for some acidity and tanginess; can be replaced with lemon juice.

Just add a pinch of salt and pepper and adjust to your taste preferences. We sometimes add a bit of cayenne pepper or smoked paprika for a little twist — feel free to use a drizzle of vegan sweetener to balance out any overpowering flavors if needed.

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Tips for the Best Vegan Ranch

We love that this recipe makes for a really creamy yet low-fat ranch. This is thanks to the silken tofu which isn’t appreciated enough in today’s daily cooking!

Unfortunately, many people are worried about soy products. There’s really no need! Healthy, minimally processed ones like soy milk, tofu, tempeh or soy yogurt are really good for you (unless you’re allergic) — according to Harvard School of Public Health,

“soy is a nutrient-dense source of protein that can safely be consumed several times a week, and is likely to provide health benefits—especially when eaten as an alternative to red and processed meat.”

If you want to learn more about this topic, read our full article on soy here.

In case you don’t have any soy on hand or cannot have it due to health reasons, you can also make dairy-free ranch using cashews like Cassie did in her recipe.

For an even richer version, add 2 tablespoons of our vegan cashew mayo to the ranch dressing — still really healthy and comparably low in calories.

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What to Serve With Dairy-Free Ranch

Our herby vegan ranch dip adds some serious flavor to whatever you serve it with! Thanks to the creamy silken tofu, it’s especially tasty with spicy foods like our crispy cauliflower bites, vegan buffalo tacos or roasted sweet potato arugula salad.

We have also used this dairy-free ranch in our collard wraps, in sandwiches or on bean burgers! Plus, it makes for a nice dip for pizza rolls or sweet potato fries.

Without wanting to discriminate, this is possibly our favorite salad dressing at this point. So you need to give it a try!

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More Easy & Tasty Vegan Condiments

The easiest and best way to make your healthy veggie meals taste fantastic is by adding flavorful condiments! Try these for your next feast.

Wanting some of that oh-so-creamy vegan ranch dressing? Get your herbs and blender out, this universally-loved recipe is sure to find its way into your weekly meals.

Once you’ve made your own vegan ranch from scratch, there’s no way back to store-bought!

Did you make our herby dairy-free ranch dressing? Be sure to let us know if you liked it in the comments below, rate our recipe and Pin it here. You can also tag us on Instagram so we can see your uses and variations!

white table with wooden chopping board and a small glass jar containing creamy green dairy free ranch

Easy Dairy-Free Tofu Ranch

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This is the best dairy-free vegan ranch recipe! Using low-fat silken tofu as a creamy, protein-rich base, it’s deliciously tangy and flavorful thanks to the fresh herbs. This vibrantly green oil-free 5-minute condiment can be used as a plant-based salad dressing or dip!

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup silken tofu, drained (125 g)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ small bunch fresh dill, chopped
  • ½ small bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 5-6 fresh chives stems, diced
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ⅓ cup water (80 ml)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and process until creamy. For a whiter, more traditional vegan ranch dressing, add the chopped herbs after blending your tofu base.
  2. If you want a thicker consistency and create a ranch dip, you can skip adding the water.
  3. Adjust to your taste preferences, adding more salt for saltiness, vinegar for acidity and so on.
  4. Use immediately for your salad, raw veggies, wraps or cauliflower wings! Any leftovers can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Notes

  • We haven’t tried freezing this ranch dressing and it could change consistency or separate upon thawing. Try blending it again if that happens!
  • The tofu ranch will thicken after a couple of hours in the fridge but can be thinned out with some water or soy milk if needed.
  • You can use dried herbs instead of fresh ones if you don’t have access to them.
  • We recommend using this basic recipe and fiddling your way to your personal favorite flavor combo!
  • If you don’t want to blend in the fresh herbs, you can create the tofu ranch base with a simple immersion blender and add chopped or dried herbs of your choice later.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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Alena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.
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