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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. Tricia says

    Never been a fan of ranch dressing XP, never been a fan of dressing at all. Lol the only thing that i put over my veggies is hot sauce or something with a kick. Hehe, but I’m weird. The cookie dough milkshake looks preeetty good though 🙂

  2. Annette says

    Okay, I am going to have to make this recipe now, too!!

    I made your chocolate chip cookie cake last night – it was the first recipe I’ve made from your web-site. I actually went out and bought a new food processor so I could make it! Well, needless to say it was amazing!!! I have even had 4 people taste it and they were all shocked that it was so good after finding out what it was made with. They liked it before I even told them what it was. And these were all non-vegan eaters. I was very skeptical about the beans, but I am not anymore!
    After making this recipe and it being so successful, I now want to make every recipe on your site! Especially this new ranch dressing one, since I really miss that dressing.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oh wow, your comment made me smile so much! Haha I am so so glad you liked the cookie pie… especially since it cost you a new food processor! That’s an expensive pie! 😉

      The funny thing that no one realizes is that beans are in almost ALL of American mainstream desserts: soybean oil is added to everything! And peanuts are beans/legumes too! Plus, in Asia, they use red bean paste for a lot of desserts. So really, beans in desserts aren’t so strange after all :).

      • Annette says

        Well it was worth the cost of the food processor! I’ve been looking for an excuse to go out and buy one, so thanks for giving me one! lol. The main reason I wanted to try it is because my husband does not like cakes/cupcakes, but he loves cookies. For his birthday, his parents always did those cookie cakes from the mall. I made the deep dish version this time, but next time (oh yes, there will be a next time), I am going to make it “thin crust” and on a pizza pan lined with foil so it will really replicate what he is used to.

  3. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy" Girl says

    yummmy! I just happen to have bought a bunch of tofu yesterday. I never even considered that I could turn it into ranch dressing. How clever! I don’t know how you come up with these brilliant recipes 🙂

    My absolute fave salad dressing is honey mustard. I will put it on anything! In fact, the amount of things I could poor honey mustard on might shock you 😉

  4. The Healthy Hipster says

    Hey Katie! That looks AMAZING but I have a quick question for you. I lurrrve me some mori-nu silken tofu but at least where I live those lil’ packs are SO expensive (at least for this financially challenged lady). Do you know if its possible to buy these in bulk or online somewhere?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I don’t know… but if you buy at Whole Foods, you can buy in bulk and get a case discount. I always wait until they’re on sale (I’ve seen ’em for as low as $1.50). Then I buy a case and get the case discount too :).

  5. Kelly says

    I LOVE you!!!! Just the other day, I was sitting there and thinking: I wish they could make a healthy ranch dressing. Even the Hidden Valley low-fat one I buy is full of yucky sounding ingredients. I’m going to try yours for sure!

  6. Jenny says

    I never buy dressings! Rather, I love making vinaigrettes – and there are sooo many good recipes online so I don’t see the point in buying anyway.

    However, unlike you (and the majority of the rest of the world), I really can’t stand the consistency of creamy dressings… When I first tried to start eating “healthier”, my first salad was a Caesar, and I HATED it because of the dressing, haha! I’d much rather have a nice big salad with a tangy vinaigrette. 🙂

  7. tea-bag says

    i haven’t liked salad dressing since i was a little kid and doused my salad w/ unshaken italian dressing (nasty oily salad ensued)! instead, i drench my salad in salsa, mustard, & horseradish! you can have the salty – i’ll take the spicy! 🙂

  8. Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) says

    i LOVE making my own dressings!! imake a vegan ranch and vegan caesar one that i LOVEE!! and i know this one will be amazing too! i need veganaise though! im so with you i could DRINK my dressings as SOUPS.. they are SO FLIPPIN GOOD! and i defs like creamy ones better!

  9. Matt @ FaveDiets says

    Wow, this looks unbelievably good. I can’t even remember the last time I had a tasty creamy salad dressing that wasn’t super heavy. This would probably work just as well with fresh dill, right? I’m growing some dill this year and it’s looking like I’m going to need lots of recipes for it.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yes! I’d add like double or triple the amount if using fresh… maybe a tablespoon? I’ve heard that you use three times as much of a freh herb as dried… but I don’t remember where I heard that or if it’s true!

  10. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    Hehe. Your question makes me smile! My dressing of choice for EVERYTHING (salty) is… Garlic Chilli sauce (usually used for fast food as an alternative to ketchup)! I use it for everything from regular fries to…ahem… SALADS (my family thinks I’m weird). Sometimes, I feel tempted to have it as gravy for rice and as a bread spread.

    As weird as it is, I’ve never ever tried salad dressing before in my entire life… yet… but I’m going to try your dressing! LOVE TOFU!!
    Thanks for your recipe! 😀

  11. Michaela says

    seems delicious! I always use homemade dressing, as it´s mostly super easy to throw together and I love having control over the ingredients. I really like ones with a sour tang to them, like my mustard-ginger dressing. Mostly, though, I only add tahin, lemon juice, salt and pepper to my salad, instead of preparing a proper dressing. But if I do make one, I will make a giant batch that will last me weeks.

  12. Ragnhild says

    This looks really creamy! I have never been big on dressings though. I love oil dressings, and I have a recipe for a raspberry dressing that I really like!

  13. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    I love creamy dressings — ranch is great but bleu cheese is my favorite. And I definitely use dressings as dips — that is what they’re for: veggies!

  14. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) says

    I make 99% of all my own dips, dressings, condiments and relishes…from my own fermented pickles to my own mustard w/ mustard seeds to my own salad dressings. Sometimes I start out with a helper, i.e. a vegenasise base, but other times, no. Hemp seeds or cashews are wonderful.

    See, I HATE sodium and added salt and most commercial salad dressings are filled, like 15% of the RDA value in 1-2 tbsp. and I need like 8 tbsp ++ to be happy. I like a little food with my huge BOWL of sauce. lol Which is why i make my own. Not to mention, it’s cheaper!

    Great recipe, Katie and Im loving a little savory action here this morning!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      *Hides in shame* I’m betting this one is probably still pretty high in sodium, thanks to the veg broth! But hey, I have low bp, and I run in Tx in the summers… so I NEED my sodium ;). Mmmmm salt…

  15. Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers says

    I used say that I could eat anything, if it had ranch dressing on it. I haven’t touched ranch dressing since going vegan (2 years ago). And now, ranch dressing is back in my life!!!! Vegan and healthy! I love you Katie!

  16. Alyssa says

    The ranch looks surreal!! I must give it a try 🙂 Oh, I’m doing a vegan challenge in the next few months and a little nervous about it! I’d love to get some daily meal tips from you! I’m an avid runner and workout a lot, so I will not be able to skimp on my calories, but I know you are familiar with that 🙂 Look forward to the help!!

  17. bitt of raw says

    Noticed a pattern of you linking back to old photos and reposting them. For some reason I thought you said you weren’t that into that. I really dislike seeing the same pic over and over again, not that you are, but just saying it seems like it a bit more lately.

    • Liz says

      Wow, I’m sorry but that was REALLY rude. Who cares what YOU like? It’s not YOUR blog! Really, you think it’s ok to tell Katie how to run HER blog?

      Personally, I like the back links. It’s not like she didn’t give you new content first, and it reminds us of older posts we might have missed or forgotten. As a newer reader of Katie’s blog, I really appreciate this. I’ve found some really great recipes this way. Rock on, Katie! And ignore the haters!

      Also, that ranch looks so yummy!

      • bitt of raw says

        I can assure you I am not a hater. We all have different opinions and I prefer to give a small bit of feedback rather than but quiet about it. It’s Katie’s to ignore or not. I have posted plenty of supportive comments here and I enjoy the blog. I apologize to Katie if it hurt your feelings or if I could have said it more delicately.

  18. Ann Claire says

    I love making homemade salad dressing!! It’s so easy and way healthier than store bought.
    Random question, but what photo editing software do you use?

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Photoshop! I definitely edited the heck outta these photos. I wanted them to look more artistic than realistic… everyone knows what ranch looks like, so I didn’t just want to post photos of plain old ranch lol.

  19. Gloria says

    I love salad dressings and sauces and I put them on everything. I haven’t bought them in over a year after discovering how easy and delicious homemade sauces are (and..uh.. buying a Vita-Mix). Balsamic and honey mustard are my favs. The balsamic recipe I use is from Appetite for Reduction (BEST cookbook EVER!) and I got the idea of mixing hummus, mustard, and stevia to make “hummy” mustard dressing from Heather @ HEAB. My favorite dinnertime meal is steamed veggies doused in a yummy homemade sauce so you best believe I will be trying out this ranch on the pile of brocc I have in my fridge!

    Oh… and I’ve still been consistently having 2 of your blondies a day! This batch I’m about to dig into for a lil dessert after lunch uses a mix of banana and strawberry jam. SO GOOEY!! I can’t wait to make the cookie pie for my birthday next month!

  20. L says

    Hi Katie.

    I have a question -kind of off topic of the whole post here. I hope it’s ok.

    I made you pizzert recipe the other day and it was seriously amazing! I was wondering if you ever tried using 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup oat bran. Do you think that would ever work or not really? (I realize the flour and oat bran are completely different textures)

    Awesome dressing idea btw. I never buy dressing, wayyyy to much junk in there;) Home made all the way!

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