One thing I missed when we went dairy-free and low-fat was ranch dip, so I came up with this Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing, and it hits the spot every time!
We love this vegan ranch because it’s…
- Perfect as a salad dressing
- Just as great for a dip
- Super healthy
Store bought versus homemade ranch
Let’s face it. The store-bought vegan ranch dressings are either loaded with oil and fat, or they taste odd. Though I have looked far and wide, not a single bottled ranch dressing have I found to be satisfactory.
That’s why I decided to come up with my own recipe.
The base is my Low-Fat Eggless Mayo recipe that is made with tofu.
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Healthy vegan mayonnaise ingredients
- silken tofu
- Dijon mustard
- sweetener of your choice
- red wine vinegar or lemon juice
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How to make vegan ranch dressing
One great thing is that there is absolutely no cooking required, so this dressing/dip can be ready in just a few minutes.
- Simply whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl.
- Add spices like basil, onion and garlic powders, dill, chives, and black salt. The combination is creamy and delectable!
- Chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to allow to thicken.
- Serve over greens as a salad dressing, or as a dip for endless veggie options.
- Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 10 days.
Creamy and cool, this is an excellent salad dressing or dip for piles of veggies!
Tips for making this dip
The mayonnaise recipe is so good, and you’ll want to use any leftovers on sandwiches and wraps as well as in other recipes like slaw and potato salad.
Fresh herbs instead of dry make this dish even tastier.
Protein in tofu
Unlike most plant-based foods, soy is considered a complete protein, possessing all the essential amino acids. Tofu is thus a good protein source, due both to the amount and nature of the protein it contains.
The protein content is higher in firm types of tofu than in softer types. According to the Illinois Center for Soy Foods (ICSF), a 3-oz. piece of firm tofu has about 13 g of protein, compared with about 4 g in soft tofu. The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) puts the content of 4 to 5 oz. of tofu at 11 g.–LiveStrong
Is tofu healthy?
Some people are not too sure about tofu, because it contains phytoestrogens. Turns out, phytoestrogens are very health promoting and are not at all like our body’s natural estrogen that can cause harm and lead to disease.
This makes so much sense, because the countries that consume the most soy, such as Japan and China, have the lowest rates of cancer and chronic disease. The short video below will explain the benefits of soy.
Other great salad dressings
- 1 cup low-fat mayo, recipe above and in instructions
- 1/4 cup almond milk, or other plant-based milk
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sweetener, I used sucanat
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- 1/2 tsp dill
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1 tsp chives
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp black salt (gives unique flavor), regular salt will work too
- In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Serve over greens as a salad dressing, or as a dip for endless veggie options.
- Easy Eggless Mayo recipe linked here and above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30 Total Fat: 1.5g Carbohydrates: 1.9g Fiber: .6g Protein: 3.1g
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