Dairy Free Avocado Ranch Dressing

This creamy dairy free avocado ranch dressing is perfect on top of salad or even as a quick vegetable dip. Don’t pick the bottle when you can make it from scratch.

This creamy dairy free avocado ranch dressing is perfect on top of salad or even as a quick vegetable dip. Don't pick the bottle when you can make it from scratch.

When I was a kid the only salad dressing I wanted to eat was ranch. You know the stuff. It comes out of the bottle in a glop and just sorta coats everything. When I think of it now I shutter at the thought of eating again. Since I’m from the Midwest I feel like saying this is sacrilege. I remember when I was in high school next to the giant container of ketchup there was also a giant container of ranch. I would watch people smother their pizza in ranch dressing.

Who does that? Seriously, why would you ruin a perfectly good {well, as good as school pizza can be} piece of school pizza with ranch dressing? I feel the same way about people who dip French fries in ranch dressing. Why, people, why?

This creamy dairy free avocado ranch dressing is perfect on top of salad or even as a quick vegetable dip. Don't pick the bottle when you can make it from scratch.

Ok, so after I have sat here told you how I hate the thought of ranch dressing I’m going to tell you that I made my own. This big difference is that this homemade version is super creamy (not gloppy) and dairy free! So instead of the usual buttermilk filled dressing I mixed it up by using unsweetened almond milk. Plus I threw in half an avocado because they are delicious and help make just about anything creamy and over the top.

Want to know why I made this homemade dressing dairy free? It’s because I teamed up with Silk to help spread the news about water conservation. I have to admit that in my younger (less earth oriented) days I always brushed my teeth with the water running. To make matters even worse it was warm water going down the drain. Then I realized I’m not a princess and could handle brushing my teeth without wasting a gallon of warm water going down the train. That means that by not letting the water run {during both daily brushings} I can help save up to 730 gallons of water. Plus, by drinking Silk you can help save up to 500 gallons of water per half gallon over conventional dairy milk.

This creamy dairy free avocado ranch dressing is perfect on top of salad or even as a quick vegetable dip. Don't pick the bottle when you can make it from scratch.

What ways do you help conserve water? By simply sharing one of Silk’s Earth month videos Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy, up to $20,000. Plus you can follow them on Facebook to learn more about dairy free living and water conservation. Plus I’m giving away 4 Indoor Water Bank Saving Eco-Kit along with a Silk branded bag and tumbler. All you have to do is like the Nutmeg Nanny FB page and share one of the Silk Yay Water videos. Just let me know in the comments what video you shared. The winner will be picked April 22nd and the prize will be shipped to your door.


Dairy Free Avocado Ranch Dressing

This creamy dairy free avocado ranch dressing is perfect on top of salad or even as a quick vegetable dip. Don't pick the bottle when you can make it from scratch.

Yield: about 1-1/2 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 medium sized avocado, skin removed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on low until combined and creamy.

Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.

Pour into a storage container and keep refrigerator.

Silk wants you to help us celebrate water! Every time you share one of Silk’s water conservation videos, Silk will donate $1 to The Nature Conservancy (up to $20,000) to help with water conservation efforts.

I was compensated for this post but the views and opinions expressed in this post are solely mine. WhiteWave is providing the prizes for this program at no cost to me. This giveaway is not administered by WhiteWave or its affiliates, but solely by myself.

33 Responses to “Dairy Free Avocado Ranch Dressing”

  1. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 17, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I love the health factor of this dressing! Avocados for the win!

  2. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — April 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I kind of hate ranch (don’t hate me!) but this is so beautiful that I might be tempted to take a tiny little taste.

  3. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — April 17, 2014 at 9:38 am

    First of all, I will absolutely have to try this dressing as I don’t eat store-bought ranch dressing for exactly the reasons you mentioned! Plus my hubs ONLY eats ranch dressing, perhaps I can convert him… hehe

    As a German girl who grew up in super environmentally conscious Germany, I have to tell you that it makes me sick to see how much water is wasted in the US! Sorry for singling you guys out — you’re not the only ones, for sure! It’s not just the water; plastic waste is out of control. I can’t believe I get looks from people when I bring my own shopping bags to Harris Teeter lol! I support your initiative – we have to save, preserve, conserve where we can 🙂

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 17th, 2014 @ 9:45 am

      I completely agree! I can’t believe how much water I wasted and never even thought about it. We totally take it for granted! I love bringing my own bags to the store. Not only are they better for the environment, I don’t have to worry about them breaking like the cheap plastic store bags. It’s a win win for everyone 🙂

  4. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — April 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Oh goodness. Who needs the salad?…just pass me a spoon.

  5. #
    Sherri Jo — April 17, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Oh wow does this look delicious!

  6. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Avocados are just magical and I can NEVER get enough of them.

  7. #
    Claire Gallam — April 17, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’d drink this through a straw.

  8. #
    Rebecca {foodie with family} — April 17, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Oh, I LOVE Ranch and I love the idea of AVOCADO ranch. You’re brilliant.

  9. #
    meredith in sock monkey slippers — April 17, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Oh sweet mama! Love it!

  10. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — April 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I’m sure I would LOVE this avocado ranch. I’ll admit, I’m a fan of the bottled stuff too, but homemade is always better!

  11. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I that person that puts ranch on everything. I have to be in the mood for it but when I am, watch out.

    I love love love salad with avocado and ranch on top so I know I’d love this! I want some!

  12. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — April 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Being lactose intolerant and all this is so perfect!

  13. #
    Liz — April 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Most bottled salad dressings just stink. Your homemade avocado ranch sounds incredible!!!

  14. #
    Ginny McMeans — April 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This is a great dressing and thanks so much!

  15. #
    Rachael K — April 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    This looks SO good! About how long would you say it will keep fresh?

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

      Hi Rachael! I ate mine pretty quickly so it was finished in about a week. I have a feeling it would do well up to 2 weeks but might separate.

  16. #
    Susan — April 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I stopped eating ranch for exactly the reasons you listed a long time ago but I don’t know a homemade version with avocado could change my mind.

  17. #
    Autumn — April 17, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    We were big ranch people where I grew up too. My sister would eat it on steak, which was a little too far if you ask me! 🙂 this version sounds so creamy and delicious.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

      Oh my goodness, steak! I thought people putting ketchup on steak was bad…hehe.

  18. #
    cheri — April 17, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Never had any idea we were wasting so much water, very interesting. Your dressing looks delicious plus healthy. Thanks for sharing!

  19. #
    Nicole, RD — April 17, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Between the mayo and the avocado, you don’t need the dairy to make the ranch rich and creamy..love this!!

  20. #
    Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines — April 18, 2014 at 10:06 am

    I had to giggle at you mentioning dipping French fries in ranch dressing. I’m European myself and we dip our fries in mayonnaise so yeah, I totally get it. In fact, I think I’d LOVE dipping just about anything in your dressing. It looks absolutely amazing.

  21. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — April 18, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I love ranch dressing for dipping my chicken tenders! I’ll be making this soon!

  22. #
    Isadora @ she likes food — April 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I have to admit, I used to be one of those people who put ranch on everything. I finally realized that most foods taste much better without being smothered in that glopy ranch dressing and haven’t eaten it for years. I love your dairy free healthier version, I will definitely be trying this soon! Thanks! 🙂

  23. #
    Joelen — April 18, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    ranch + avocado = genius!

  24. #
    Heather — April 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Ahh, I remember the buckets of condiments in high school… I’m from the south, and our options were ranch, ketchup & Texas Pete. To this day, my favorite way to eat fries is to douse them with Texas Pete 🙂

    Thus dressing looks wonderful! We’re trying to move away from the store bought stuff, so I can’t wait to make this!

  25. #
    Joanne — April 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Who is super happy that she has a gallon of Silk in her fridge right now?! This girl. I see this dressing in my future like WHOA.

  26. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 21, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I love ranch, but am super picky about it! I am loving this avocado version!

  27. #
    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke — April 24, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This looks so delicious! Pinning!


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