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Crazy-Good Ranch Dressing


I want to drink this dressing through a straw.

Might be a little salty… instead, maybe I can bathe in it?

All I’m saying is, throw me into a tub of this stuff and I will happily drink my way out!


It’s delicious on salad, or as sauce for pasta, veggies, or beans. Or my new favorite: poured over Cauliflower Nuggets.

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Crazy-Good Ranch Dressing

The ranch I first posted was based off a recipe I received from a reader. Readers often send me recipes (thanks, guys!), and this one simply said it was her “favorite ranch dressing she’d ever made.” Only recently did I discover the source of my reader’s recipe was none other than the incredible Isa Chandra Moskowitz, vegan cookbook author extraordinaire. (If you haven’t seen her Vegan Cupcakes take over the World book, I highly recommend it. Unless, for some reason, you don’t think a Banana-Split Cupcake sounds delicious…)

I changed quite a few things about the recipe, but the base is definitely Isa’s genius. Therefore, if you try this recipe and like it, do be sure to check out some of Isa’s cookbooks.

  • 12 oz (1 package) silken-firm tofu (Mori-Nu is recommended for best taste)
  • 3/4 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
  • 1 tsp dry dill
  • 1/3 cup water, or more or less depending on desired thickness (I use 100g)
  • scant 2 tbsp apple-cider vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 vegetable broth cubes (I use Rapunzel brand. You can use more or less, depending on desired saltiness.)
  • 2 tbsp low-fat Veganaise (or regular) (If you leave this out, you’ll still have a nice dressing, but it won’t be nearly as yummy!)

Combine all ingredients, and blend until creamy. (I use a Magic Bullet.)

View Nutritional Information.

Hmmm, this post feels like it’s missing something. Oh wait, I know: Chocolate!


*Inserts photo of a Cookie-Dough Milkshake.

There; problem solved. It’s just not a Chocolate-Covered Katie post without dessert, now is it?

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Published on June 2, 2011

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  1. Bethanne says

    I have a dairy allergy and haven’t been able to have any “real” tasting ranch dressing is over a year! I tried the dairy free ranch from the specialty grocery store and its just oily and bitter. It tasted nothing like ranch and the texture was totally off. This recipe seems like a very good one. I will be trying it ASAP!! Thanks 🙂

  2. ashley hinson says

    I am wondering how long can this last in the fridge? We don’t eat a lot of dressing, but my daughter loves to dip her crudite in ranch. I am trying to move us to a plant based diet and this will help get rid of the yogurt dressing I currently use. Looks delicious!!! Also, where can I get the veganaise?

    Thanks for the recipe!!!
    Ashley Hinson

  3. Erika hosier says

    Miss chocolate covered Katie, your tofu ranch dressing is so delicious! I improvised a bit because I did not have any veggie cubes, so I used nutrition yeast instead. All of your recipes are very inspiring! Thank you so much for this deliciousness!!!

  4. Rydia says

    This stuff is still awesome. First time I tried it, I used refrigerated tofu. Oops. Second time I did it right with the Mori-Nu, but next time I’d probably try adding an extra 1/2 tsp of garlic and fresh dill instead of dry. Great consistency and very YUM!

  5. Nancy Bowles says

    I know this post has been around a while but I’m wondering if it’s possible to freeze this? I know I could cut the recipe in half but just curious? It’s soooo good!

  6. Deese says

    I made this last night to go with some baked buffalo cauliflower…so good! It was very close to how I remember ranch, though it’s been more than 2 years since I had it. thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe!

  7. Jillian says

    LOVE this dressing. Have used it for ages, now. Hoping you might come up with a Caesar, one of these days! 🙂



  8. katie says

    Hi, I miss ranch dressing so much and would love to give this recipe a try! butttt I live in small town west virginia and we do not have silken tofu in any of our stores only firm and extra firm. Any suggestions??

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