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Vegan Dill and Ranch Dressing

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dill ranch dressing vegan 6Since becoming a vegetarian who follows a mostly plant-based diet, I have really missed ranch dressing.  I have found many other great vegan dressings to top my salads with, but my salads have just not been quite the same…until now.

I made a vegan dill and ranch dressing, and I made it with tofu.  Yes, tofu.  And it tastes good!  I’m telling you, I am going to prove to you that tofu is not only versatile but delicious ;).

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It does not look like tofu, does it?  No.  It looks like ranch dressing.  And, my friends, it tastes like it!  I call this a Vegan Dill and Ranch Dressing because it definitely has a strong dill taste to it.  What can I say, I love it!  If you want less of a dill taste, I recommend using half of the amount of dill that the recipe calls for and then adding more to taste.

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Vegan Dill and Ranch Dressing

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

12 oz silken tofu
1/4 cup + 1 TB unsweetened almond milk*
1 tsp lemon juice
1 TB apple cider vinegar
1 TB “no chicken” Better Than Bouillon soup base
2 TB vegan mayonnaise**
1/2 TB dried dill
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried chives
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder

*You can use less milk to make this more of a “dip” than a dressing, should you prefer.

**I used the Nasoya brand:

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Directions

1. Place all ingredients into a food processor or a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja).

2. Process the ingredients for approximately 30 to 60 seconds, stopping to scrape the sides, or until smooth.

3. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

4. Store the dressing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.  This should last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, though mine was gone in less than a week!

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Since adopting a mostly plant-based diet, I never thought that I would be able to eat (let alone make) a vegan salad dressing that tasted as good as the ranch dressings that I was used to eating.  Luckily, I surprise myself every once in awhile when I am in the kitchen.

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This dressing is proof that vegan salad dressings can and are healthy, creamy, and delicious.

Disclaimer: I was provided with free product from Nasoya, but I was not compensated for my time.  All opinions are my own.

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  • Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies January 23, 2014, 7:07 am
    I JUST made a Ranch-style "dill dip" with Nasoya! Started as a Ranch, but I just couldn't stop adding dill <3 Our tastebuds are totally on the same wavelenght.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 7:19 am
      Haha, too funny!! I love it! What can I say...we have GREAT taste! ;)
  • Julia January 23, 2014, 7:56 am
    I LOVE making homemade dressings! They make salad tons of fun. I had no clue it was possible to make vegan ranch dressing - I'm definitely going to try this! Julia recently posted...Cauliflower Coconut Masala (guest post)My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:03 pm
      I don't know why I never thought to try this before. It wasn't until I discovered the awesomeness of silken tofu that the idea came to mind.
  • Lucie@FitSwissChick January 23, 2014, 8:44 am
    Aww thank you for sharing this! I will have to go almost vegan for 4 months to get rid of gut sensitivities (I'm allowed to eat fish and meat though) so I'm superglad for recipes like this!! Lucie@FitSwissChick recently posted...Want coffee?? Pump it Baby! The privilege of living the minimum.My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:04 pm
      I'm so glad to hear you are finding some good recipes here! It can certainly be challenging at first when transitioning to dairy free.
  • Ashlee@HisnHers January 23, 2014, 9:04 am
    You have no idea how happy I was to see that pop up on my Bloglovin newsfeed! I sure do miss ranch! You are my hero ;-)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:04 pm
      Haha, too funny!! ;) But in all seriousness, I was REALLY missing it!! I am glad to have it back in my life.
  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 23, 2014, 9:17 am
    very interesting..I am not much of a ranch person but love dill flavored dips. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health recently posted...Meyer Lemon Bread {Whole Wheat}My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:05 pm
      I bet you would like this then because it has a strong dill taste to it!
  • Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 23, 2014, 10:11 am
    What a cool recipe! I keep saying that I need to try and experiment with tofu. I just got some coupons in the mail, so I'm going to pick some up and might just give this a try. ;)
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:06 pm
      Do it, Kim!! Just make sure you get the silken version for this recipe :).
  • Ang @ Nutty for Life January 23, 2014, 12:01 pm
    I'm not a big fan of ranch, but I should make this and sneak it to my family this summer to save a few years of their life since they eat so much ranch. Ang @ Nutty for Life recently posted...Kale Chip Thoughts [Thinking Out Loud #3]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:07 pm
      Haha do it! It's fun to try to trick people with tofu ;).
  • Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living January 23, 2014, 12:06 pm
    That dip looks so great! I order Ranch Dressing with basically everything and this seems like an awesome and healthier option to try! Kate @ Quarter Century Southern Living recently posted...What Makes Us RealMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:08 pm
      Yes, it is definitely much healthier! Plus, it contains protein which is pretty cool!
  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog January 23, 2014, 1:10 pm
    I'm totally intrigued by this! I love ranch dressing, but often it's made with all sorts of questionable ingredients. I've never worked with tofu before thought, so this would be all new for me! Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog recently posted...WIAW #57 – A Mash UpMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 2:09 pm
      Yes, most definitely contain funky ingredients. You should give this a try. Tofu, especially silken tofu, is super easy to work with!
  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats January 23, 2014, 3:34 pm
    I love this idea! It looks delicious and I can't believe its tofu as ranch :) Hope you are having a good week! Jan @ Sprouts n Squats recently posted...Friday FavouritesMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 4:09 pm
      You can make some AMAZING things with tofu!! :)
  • Nicole @ FruitnFitness January 23, 2014, 4:24 pm
    I know this seems weird but I don't like ranch dressings on salad. I like ranch with pizza though! This would be a good pizza dip! I like blue cheese and Cesar on salads but won't eat those with pizza. This has to be much healthier than typical ranch. Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted...Thursday Thoughts – SO excited!My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 7:28 pm
      A couple of my college roommates used to LOVE dipping their pizza in ranch. I gave it a try and I must admit..it is GOOD!
  • melissa @ my whole food life January 23, 2014, 6:18 pm
    This sounds so good! Tofu can be so versatile. melissa @ my whole food life recently posted...Creamy Cauliflower Potato SoupMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 7:27 pm
      It REALLY is! I have decided that it is one of the most versatile foods that I have cooked with.
  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 23, 2014, 7:43 pm
    I've been looking for a healthier ranch style dressing for the longest time, so I'm totally psyched about this recipe! Using silken tofu as the best is brilliant! Definitely need to try this out! Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted...Sisterhood of the WorldMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 23, 2014, 8:11 pm
      Thanks Holly! I have been looking for one for awhile, too, and I don't know why it took me so long to think to use tofu! Let me know if you try it!
  • Amy @ Long Drive Journey January 24, 2014, 8:27 am
    Wow, I am so impressed with this! Can't believe TOFU makes good ranch dressing!! You're so creative girl! Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted...Thinking Out Loud #2 + An AnnouncementMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 24, 2014, 1:31 pm
      Haha, thanks Amy!! It is seriously CRAZY the number of things that can be made with tofu!
  • Jessie January 26, 2014, 11:17 am
    I've heard of tofu being good for dressings - but I've never seen a dressing recipe that sounds this good... which says a lot because I'm not usually a fan of ranch or any type of creamy dressing Jessie recently posted...Thinking Out Loud #1My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 26, 2014, 4:41 pm
      Thanks so much, Jessie! Isn't it amazing the foods you can make with tofu? I have been loving it!
  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes January 26, 2014, 10:20 pm
    This is definitely a dip I can get behind! I love Ranch. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted...Cheez-it Macaroni and CheeseMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 27, 2014, 9:38 pm
      Thanks Ashley!! You and me both! :)
  • Carly @ Snack Therapy January 27, 2014, 12:27 am
    I am amazed by this. Tofu?! In dressing?! Awesome. I've tried the tofu-based Caesar dressing that Whole Foods has at its salad bar, and I'm guessing it's similar to that! Carly @ Snack Therapy recently posted...Currently: January 26My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl January 27, 2014, 9:38 pm
      Isn't it crazy?? I swear, I am convinced tofu is one of the most versatile foods ever!!
  • Joann November 3, 2014, 9:41 am
    Hi! Can something be substituted for the soup base? I can't find that in my part of Canada.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2014, 11:00 am
      You could try leaving it out and maybe adding in some salt. Or, you might look online. I believe that can be ordered from places like iHerb.com I hope that helps!
  • deborah June 13, 2016, 9:30 pm
    Delicious!! Doubled seasonings except soup base added a pinch of sea salt and pepper and only 2 T almond milk. Family loved it. Thanks
    • ClnEatingVegGrl June 14, 2016, 8:15 am
      I'm so glad you got inspiration from my recipe and that everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing.
  • Lisa February 21, 2018, 5:29 pm
    I just made this to put on salads, veggie burgers and wraps this week; OMG I have found my go to ranch recipe! I made it exactly as the recipe says with the exception of parsely....I didn't have any lol. I was really nervous about this because other tofu based ranch dressings i've tried have been pretty bad and tasted purely of tofu, not this one though! I love it!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl February 22, 2018, 8:38 am
      I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Yay for no tofu taste!

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