Introducing the best Whole30 ranch dressing! Garlicky with fresh herbs, it’s the best paleo ranch dressing out there. Promise. An absolute must for any and every Whole30.
If you’ve ever done a Whole30, you’ve without a doubt heard the term “dump ranch.” Throw all the ingredients into a container and let the immersion blender do the work: it’s easy but unfortunately named…
But I’ma need you to step aside, dump ranch. You’re about to get dumped, ranch. Because this is the best Whole30 ranch dressing on the block. Don’t even get me started on paleo ranch dressings (this one wins that, too).
What makes this Whole30 ranch dressing so good? Well, it’s based on my homemade ranch dressing recipe, swapping a buttermilk substitute and paleo garlic mayonnaise for their standard American diet counterparts. There’s fresh garlic and fresh parsley, making this recipe restaurant-quality but still super easy. You already likely have Whole30-compliant mayo on hand, right? Well, then you’re like, oh, 2 minutes from the best ranch dressing you’ve ever had.
And no, not just the best Whole30 ranch dressing you’ve ever had. This is my favorite ranch dressing ever, Whole30 or no. Big talk, I know, but you’ve gotta try it. If you’re not into garlic, fresh herbs, or, you know, flavor, you might not be as big of a fan. But, can you tell?, I am REALLY into it.
This Whole30 ranch dressing recipe uses garlic mayo, which I’m including a recipe for, too, but if you want to use plain mayo, no fear. Just blend together a small clove or two of garlic with the cup of paleo mayo, and voilà! Try the Whole30 garlic mayonnaise, recipe, though, because garlic + mayonnaise = all the good stuff in life, amiright?
This Whole30 ranch dressing goes beautifully on my steakhouse-style steak salad which is coming right up! Stay tuned, my friends. And take heart: if you started your Whole30 at the beginning of January, you’re in the home stretch!
You’ll love this paleo ranch dressing because it’s quick, easy, and absolutely full of flavor. It goes perfectly with pretty much everything, from chicken zucchini poppers and turkey-curry bites to sweet potato fries to salads to YOU GUYS MY CHILD DRINKS IT STRAIGHT.
Best Whole30 Ranch Dressing
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- about 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 cup garlic mayonnaise , recipe below (or blend 1 cup paleo mayonnaise with 1 cloves of garlic in the blender/food processor)
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley , chopped
- few drops of white vinegar
- freshly cracked black pepper , to taste
- salt , to taste
Make your "buttermilk": add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to a 1/2 cup measuring cup and add about 1/2 cup almond milk to make 1/2 cup. Let sit for a couple minutes or until "curdled."
Combine mayonnaise, parsley, and vinegar in a bowl and whisk well. Add "buttermilk" until desired consistency. This dressing will thicken a little in the fridge, so you can err slightly on the thinner side.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Whole30 Garlic Mayonnaise
- 2 1/2 cups light-tasting olive oil , divided
- 2 eggs , at room temperature (or let sit in hot, but not boiling, water for a few minutes)
- 1 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 lemon , juiced
- 3 cloves garlic , smashed and peeled
Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, blender, or food processor. Add 1/2 cup olive oil, mustard powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Blitz or whisk for a few seconds until well-combined.
While the food processor or blender is running (or while mixing in a bowl with an immersion blender), begin slowly drizzling in the remaining 2 cups of olive oil. Stream oil in very slowly until mixture has thickened substantially, then you can add oil in a bit faster.
Once the rest of the oil has been added, add the fresh lemon juice and garlic and blend until very smooth. Add more salt to taste.