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One taste of Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing, and you’ll ditch the store-bought bottle forever! With just a few simple ingredients and lots of fresh herbs, this dressing is ready in minutes. This dairy-free dressing tastes just as good–or even better–than traditional ranch

This post and recipe card were updated May 28, 2019
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Ranch dressing is practically its own food group in Oklahoma. People put it on everything, some would be appalled if you offered them a light ranch. There’s a diner in Stillwater, and when you place your order they bring you a liter-sized squeeze bottle of ranch…I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. 

I ate ranch dressing occasionally growing up, but I usually prefer other types. Even when I moved to Oklahoma, I didn’t join the crowd. To me, ranch dressing has always just been “okay”. I’ll usually get it at a restaurant when none of the other dressing choices jump out at me.

Lately, I’ve been on a kick of trying to lighten up recipes without sacrificing flavor. I also wanted to add some more dressings and dips to my recipe collection. 

Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip was the first. I also mastered Homemade Tartar Sauce, and I now always have both in the fridge. So I decided to make a lightened-up ranch, with Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
  • It tastes just like traditional ranch dressing
  • Fresh herbs add so much flavor
  • It comes together in about 5 minutes
overhead shot of Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing in a glass jar with a spoon, on a plaid napkin with salad in teh background

I always rave about Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip. This Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing is AMAZING. Seriously. The dressing has so much flavor, and I was literally searching for things to dip in it.

INGREDIENT TIPS FOR COCONUT MILK RANCH DRESSING

Coconut Milk is dairy-free, so it’s perfect for those following a dairy-free lifestyle. It’s a great alternative to milk for cooking and baking.

Use full-fat Coconut Milk. The dressing consistency is too thin with lite coconut milk.

Use real Mayonnaise. You can use full fat or light, and that won’t make a difference.

If you like texture in your ranch dressing, use fresh minced onion and garlic. If not, use onion powder and garlic powder. Of course, I also use salt and fresh-cracked black pepper.

Fresh herbs make such a huge difference in the flavor of the dressing. I use parsley, dill, and chives. On the rare occasion that I can’t find fresh dill or chives, I use dried.

I use both Apple Cider Vinegar and Red Wine Vinegar. Just a little bit of both add a nice tang and more flavor

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR COCONUT MILK RANCH DRESSING

Remove stems from parsley and dill. Finely mince parsley, dill, and chives

overhead shot of herbs chopped in glass bowls

In a large bowl, add mayonnaise, coconut milk, herbs, seasoning, and both kinds of vinegar.

overhead shot of all ingredients in a glass bowl

Whisk vigorously for about 30 seconds. Set in fridge for one hour, for flavors to develop

overhead shot of all ingredients mixed together
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use Avocado Oil Mayo instead of regular? It does change the flavor of the Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing, and I am not a fan of the flavor adjustment. 

NOTE: My friend Kara made it with avocado oil mayo, which she uses exclusively, and she loved the flavors. 

What other substitutions can I make? Make the dressing vegan with Vegan Mayo

How long will Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing last? In an airtight container in the fridge, it will last about 2 weeks.

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Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing - Karyl's Kulinary Krusade

Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

One taste of Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing, and you'll ditch the store-bought bottle forever! With just a few simple ingredients and lots of fresh herbs, this dressing is ready in minutes. This dairy-free dressing tastes just as good--or even better--than traditional ranch

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together briskly for about 30 seconds, until fully combined. 
  2. Transfer to a bottle, and allow to rest in the fridge for 1 hour prior to serving. 

Notes

Use full-fat Coconut Milk. The dressing consistency is too thin with lite coconut milk

Use real Mayonnaise. You can use full fat or light, and that won’t make a difference. DO NOT use imitation mayo

Use fresh herbs! They make such a difference in flavor.

If you like texture in your ranch dressing, use fresh minced onion and garlic. If not, use Onion Powder and Garlic Powder. 

I use a combination of apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar. If you prefer one over the other, you can use just one.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use Avocado Oil Mayo instead of regular? It does change the flavor of the Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing, and I am not a fan of the flavor adjustment. However, my friend Kara made it with avocado oil mayo, and she loved the flavors. 

What other substitutions can I make? Make the dressing vegan with Vegan Mayo

How long will Coconut Milk Ranch Dressing last? In an airtight container in the fridge, it will last about 7-10 days

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 223mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

Nutrient values are estimates only. Variations may occur due to product availability and food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, etc

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Ashley

Thursday 4th of March 2021

I loved this. I couldn't wait to use it either lol I added like a tsp and a half of lemon juice. Idk I like mine kind of tart? Thank you so much for this. I have missed ranch on my salad and I'm so over tahini lol it's not the same!

Thanks!

Peri

Saturday 16th of March 2019

I have been craving ranch dip. This is awesome!

Karyl

Wednesday 27th of March 2019

Thanks Peri!

Ande

Monday 4th of February 2019

This stuff is seriously addictive.It is amazing!! I loved the taste of ranch dressing in theory, but you could always taste how bad the store bought kind was for you. This is so fresh and so tasty and so healthy!! Thank you so much!

Karyl

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

Thank you so much Ande!! Homemade really does make an amazing difference

Karen Ferguson

Sunday 1st of July 2018

Just finished making this and it is quiet tasty (of course I had to test it out immediately instead of waiting). I made this with vegan mayo since I am trying to cut back on dairy/eggs. I used all fresh herbs and garlic.

Karyl

Thursday 12th of July 2018

I'm so glad you like it Karen! Oh I always test it immediately, just to be sure :) And then devour it as often as possible until it's gone

Nicoletta Sugarlovespices

Monday 25th of June 2018

Coconut milk is such a great idea! We always have it on hand in the pantry, and this dressing looks and sounds another reason to have it!

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