Ranch dressing has always been a staple in my diet. Thankfully that didn’t have to change once I began keto. Well, at least not completely.
The part that did have to change was I had to ditch the low carb salad dressing found in the grocery store.
While most ranch dressings are low in carbs and high in fat – they’re also high in the inflammatory vegetable oils. These are the fats you should avoid on keto. This just meant I had to make my own homemade keto ranch dressing recipe.
To add another layer to this scenario, I’m sensitive to dairy. This means I have to avoid creamy buttermilk ranch recipes. The good news is this low carb ranch dressing recipe is low in grams of net carbs, high in healthy fats, and it’s completely dairy free.
Low-carb ranch dressing is back on my menu, and the pounds just keep coming off!
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Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe Ingredients
While this delicious keto ranch dressing is made up of quite a few ingredients, most of them are spices you probably already have in your pantry. The remaining ingredients are all keto diet staples. This is great news since you should be able to mix this dressing up whenever you’re craving a tangy ranch dressing.
The wet ingredients for this simple keto-friendly ranch dressing include avocado oil, a large egg, your choice of dairy free milk, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and minced garlic.
For the dairy free milk, I typically use a full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream – but almond milk works for this recipe too. A good rule of thumb is to read the label and make sure the dairy-free milk you choose isn’t loaded with added sugar.
When it comes to spices, you can choose to use fresh herbs or dried versions. Even though fresh herbs make this recipe even more delicious, if you’re anything like me – you’re busy. That’s when dried herbs come in handy on a low carb diet. The carb count stays the same. In my humble keto opinion, this dressing is still just as delicious.
The spices and herbs used for this homemade keto salad dressing include dried parsley, salt, dried dill, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, paprika and black pepper.
Low-Carb Ranch Dressing Substitutions
Before we chat about how to mix up this simple keto dressing recipe, let’s talk about a few easy substitutions. These substitutions depend on the ingredients you have available, as well as your preferences.
I’ve made this recipe two ways: with a keto-friendly mayo and with avocado oil.
If you choose to use mayo in place of avocado oil, skip the egg in the original recipe. Be sure to use vegetable oil free mayonnaise. And by be sure, I mean really dig into that label.
There are several companies that label their mayos as olive oil mayo or avocado oil mayo. Be wary because when you look at the ingredients – canola oil or soybean oil are still on the ingredients list.
Keeping these inflammatory vegetable oils in a keto plan are doing far more damage than they’re worth. Just because you’re eating a food that happens to be low in carbs doesn’t mean you’re improving your health. This also applies to helping your weight loss efforts.
Getting back to the how-to’s when it comes to this version, you can also easily mix this version together with a whisk. No blender required!
The only reason I sometimes prefer the avocado oil version is the taste. Avocado oil mayo does have a different taste than the brands made with canola or soybean oil. Sometimes this taste comes through in recipes.
Use Olive Oil Instead
Another substitution for avocado oil is a light olive oil. In this case, you’ll need to add back in the egg. Keeping the whole egg in is part of the process of mixing up a homemade mayo. Just make sure the olive oil has a very light taste.
Look for a high quality olive oil. There are tricky food companies that have been known to add canola oil into their olive oil blends. The unfortunate part is they don’t even always notify you on the ingredients label. This is why it’s important to seek out a high quality brand.
While it’s true food manufacturers love to sneak hidden carbs and added sugar into nearly everything you buy, it’s even more true that they add highly processed vegetable oils anywhere they can.
It’s true that keto is a great way to lower inflammation, but you won’t make long term progress if you continue to only seek out foods low in carbs, but don’t pay attention to the ingredients used. This is also why it’s important to skip the bottled stuff and make your own dressing at home.
Other substitutions include using white vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar, or using this dairy-free ranch dressing mix in place of your own spice mix.
How to Make this Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe
The only tools you need to make this low-carb ranch dressing are a wide-mouthed mason jar and an immersion blender.
If you don’t have an immersion blender at home, you can try a food processor instead. You could also try adding all of the ingredients into a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend the homemade dressing together.
To get the best results in the future, I recommend getting an immersion blender. They’re easy to use and don’t take up much kitchen space. Many of my favorite easy keto recipes use a glass jar and this versatile tool, so it’s definitely worth the cost and storage space.
To make this simple ranch dressing, add all of the ingredients except the coconut milk into a glass jar. Then push the immersion blender all the way to the bottom of the jar. Start blending the ingredients together from the bottom of the jar until well combined.
Once the initial ingredients are combined, pour in the coconut milk. Use the blender to blend again. At this point you can add more coconut milk if the dressing is too thick for you.
After you mix the dressing to your preference, store in an airtight container in the fridge. While you can use the dressing right away, it tastes best after it has a few hours to allow the flavors to blend in the fridge.
The Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe Wrap Up
While I will admit keto ranch dressings made from buttermilk, heavy cream or even sour cream may win when it comes to taste – eating dairy on keto isn’t in the cards for everyone. That’s when this simple dairy-free low carb ranch dressing comes in handy.
If you are able to include dairy on your keto diet, by all means – use the same spice mix with your preferred creamy ingredients.
Either way, this dressing makes a great dipping sauce for fresh veggies, mixes well with other sauces like with this buffalo ranch taco salad recipe, and even tastes great on a big salad.
Making your own ranch dressing is important when it comes to avoiding artificial ingredients used in store brands.
If you love this dressing, don’t forget to save it to your keto sauces board on Pinterest. And remember – sharing is caring. Please share the healthy fat love with your friends on social media.
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Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe
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Homemade Keto Ranch Dressing – No Dairy Recipe
A dairy free low carb ranch dressing recipe.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: Recipe Serves 12 1x
- Category: Keto Sauce
- Method: Immersion Blender
- Cuisine: Keto / Low Carb
- Diet: Diabetic
- ¾ cup avocado oil
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp dried dill
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Add all of the ingredients except the coconut milk into a jar
- Push the immersion blender all the way to the bottom of the jar. Start blending the ingredients together from the bottom of the jar until well combined.
- Once combined, pour in the coconut milk. Use the blender to blend again. Add more coconut milk if the dressing is too thick for you.
- Store in an airtight container for 7-10 days.
Alternatively, you can use 3/4 cup of keto-friendly mayo as a replacement for the avocado oil and egg. If you prefer to replace the avocado oil with olive oil, be sure to use a light tasting olive oil.
- Serving Size: Recipe Serves 12
- Calories: 127.9
- Sugar: .2
- Sodium: 6.2
- Fat: 14
- Saturated Fat: 1.9
- Carbohydrates: .4
- Fiber: .1
- Protein: .6
Keywords: Keto Ranch Dressing Recipe, Low Carb Ranch Dressing Dairy Free, Keto Ranch Dressing Dairy Free
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