Vegan Buttermilk Ranch Dip

This easy vegan buttermilk ranch dip recipe is the best plant based appetizer or snack for a party and perfect for plant based meal prep. The recipe takes 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 9 staple ingredients. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, kid-friendly, and will get you excited about eating your veggies! You can even thin it our a bit to use it as a more of a salad dressing.

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My Nana and Popop always stocked their fridge with a Tupperware container full of buttermilk ranch dip. It was that ranch you’d make with the packet of seasoning; you know the one I’m talking about! 

The flavor was always 10x better than the stuff that came outta the bottle, and I’m pretty sure it was the only thing that got me to eat my veggies in those days.

Since I went vegan, I’ve had trouble finding a store-bought ranch that compares to these delicious memories. That is, until T whipped up this awesome vegan buttermilk ranch dip as a last-minute dinner party appetizer one night. 

I took one taste, and all those memories of after school snacks at Nana and Popop’s house came flooding back.

We’ve made this recipe about a million times since then and Nana even had a chance to try it. She loved it and marveled at how much it tasted like the ranch they used to keep in the fridge.

That’s when I knew we truly nailed it.

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An overhead shot of all the ingredients you need to make homemade vegan ranch dressing: vegan mayo, unsweetened plain non-dairy milk, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder

What is vegan ranch made of?

You only need 9 ingredients to make this dairy free ranch dressing recipe:

  • Plain unsweetened non-dairy milk – You can use any kind of non-dairy milk you like (soy / almond / cashew / oat / etc.), but the important part here is to use a milk that is both PLAIN (sometimes this is also labeled as “ORIGINAL”) + UNSWEETENED

Basically, you want the blandest milk possible, so it doesn’t off-set the flavor of this homemade vegan ranch. Buying the right kind of milk is 89% of nailing this recipe, so trust me on this. You do NOT want a weirdly sweet or vanilla-flavored ranch. (I speak from experience here.)

How to Make Vegan Buttermilk Ranch Dip

This is LE-GIT the easiest recipe in the history of recipes. 

Grab a large mixing bowl, whisk, and your measuring cups! You’ll start by whisking some apple cider vinegar with plain non-dairy milk to make your buttermilk. 

Next, you’ll set the buttermilk aside to curdle for about 3-5 minutes while you gather the remainder of your ingredients. Add the vegan mayo and a few pantry staple seasonings and whisk until everything is nice and smooth and beauuuutiful. 


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How to Use This Vegan Ranch Dip

Use this vegan buttermilk ranch dip for a last-minute party appetizer served with lots of fresh veggies, vegan buffalo wings or nuggets (Our fam loves the ones by Morning Star.), and allllll the crackers.

You can also try it as a sandwich spread, meal-prep snack, or for dipping pizza crusts! (I hear that’s a thing?)

You can even use this plant based ranch as a salad dressing if you add just a little more dairy free buttermilk to thin out the texture. I have never eaten salad so consistently in. my. life. But with this stuff, I can’t stop! Especially, when you throw a couple Balsamic Tomato Tofu Cutlets in the the mix.

It’s fantastic used in our Vegan Chickpea Bacon Ranch Wrap! And if you’re a die-hard ranch fan, try dairy free ranch recipe in our Vegan Broccoli Ranch Twice-Baked Potatoes!

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Other Vegan Dip Recipes:

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Yield: 3 cups

Vegan Buttermilk Ranch Dip

The vegan ranch dip takes 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 9 staple ingredients. It’s gluten-free, picky-eater-friendly, and makes a terrific quick + easy party appetizer! #vegan #ranch #plantpowercouple #veganappetizer //

This easy vegan buttermilk ranch dip is perfect for a last-minute party appetizer or plant based meal prep snack. The recipe takes 10 minutes, 1 bowl, and 9 staple ingredients. It’s gluten-free, picky-eater-friendly, and will get you excited about eating your veggies!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set this aside for 3-5 minutes while you gather the rest of your ingredients.
  2. Add the remainder of ingredients to the bowl and whisk until smooth and well-combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If you’d like a thinner texture, whisk in more non-dairy milk 1 Tbsp at a time until it reaches your desired thickness.
  3. Serve as a dip with veggies and vegan nuggets or drizzled over salads, bowls, and pizza! Store this vegan ranch dip in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 10 days and ENJOY!


TO MAKE THIS OIL-FREE: Use your favorite oil-free vegan mayo recipe! We dig this one by From My Bowl.

Nutrition Information:


12 servings

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not always be accurate.

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  1. I appreciate you both do much! Your recipes are delicious!! I usually use Vegenaise, but I'm anxious to try your Ranch dressing and ther mayo recipe you shared. Thank you!🌞 KD~
    1. OMG, thank you so much, KD. This comment 100% made my day, and I hope you know we appreciate you making our recipes! :) Also - I LOVE me some Vegenaise! It's been my favorite vegan mayo for almost a decade. Can't wait to hear what you think of this recipe!
    1. Hi, Alex! Thanks for the one-star rating. If you'd read the post or the recipe before commenting you'd have seen that it uses non-dairy/plant milk (e.g. soy, almond, cashew, etc) and vinegar (as an acid) to create a buttermilk likeness. We don't use any dairy. Hope that clears things up. Have a great day!
    1. Thanks so much, Naomi!! We also LOVE vegan ranch around here. Can't wait to hear what you think! Thank you again, and I hope you have a wonderful and wonder-filled day!
  2. Oops! Forgot a rating! Ps. I never use the garlic (allergy). Thus minus 1 star. But great other than that! :)
    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it so much, Erin! It's a staple around here as well. Broccoli's not quite the same without it. lol! Thank you for taking the time to send us the kind words.
  3. Delicious!!! The ranch dip I have been missing. Thank you both for all of the work you do on these recipes. You paved the way for my transition to being plant-based. Living abroad can mean missing things from home, but I don't miss them now! Sending love from one Pennsylvanian to another :)
    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad we could provide what you were missing. I really appreciate the tremendously kind words, and I'm so happy we could help you with your transition. It's really what we try to do and make that change a little easier for everyone. Thank you again!
  4. Another tasty gem from you! Love how your recipes use "normal" ingredients and taste fabulous. You have never let me down!
  5. Hands down THE BEST vegan ranch recipe there is. I make this for my family, and they devour it!!! Thank you for this, and all of your recipes!!!! You guys are amazing!
  6. Thank you for another amazingly delicious VEGAN recipe. I appreciate all the effort you put into presenting us with recipes so we don’t have to figure them out for ourselves!

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