This Tahini Ranch Dressing recipe is easy to make, it’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, and it tastes so fresh and delicious!
Meet my new favorite ranch dressing. ♡
It’s inspired by the classic creamy ranch dressing we all know and love. But instead of starting with that famous dry buttermilk seasoning packet, this ranch dressing recipe is brightened up instead with lots of fresh herbs, fresh garlic, and freshly-squeezed lemon juice. And in lieu of cream, we turn to an even more delicious alternative that instantly kicks all of the flavors up here a major notch — tahini!!
Oh my goodness, if you love ranch, add a jar of tahini to your grocery list stat. Because as it turns out, the toasty, nutty, creamy goodness of tahini is a match made in flavor heaven with classic ranch seasonings. The tahini also does a beautiful job of thickening up the dressing here. And by contrast to most store-bought processed ranch dressings, this ranch recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free, and made with ingredients you can feel great about.
We’re already 100% obsessed with this one in our house. So I hope you love it too!
Tahini Ranch Dressing Ingredients:
To make this homemade ranch dressing recipe, you will need:
Lemon juice: You know I’m always a fan of freshly-squeezed!
Tahini: To make the dressing thick and creamy.
Dill: I really, really recommend chopping up some fresh dill if you can. But if not, dried dill will work in a pinch. Feel free to add 1-2 tablespoons, depending on how much dill you prefer in your ranch.
Dijon: Just a little bit — either creamy or whole grain.
Garlic: You can either press or mince a fresh garlic clove, or use garlic powder as a shortcut.
Onion powder, salt and pepper: For seasoning.
Water: To thin the dressing out however much you would like.
(Optional) fresh chives: I always love fresh chives in my ranch, but they’re not required.
How To Make Ranch Dressing:
To make ranch dressing, simply:
Whisk the base ingredients together until combined. Or feel free to add them to a mason jar, cover, and shake-shake-shake until combined. (Heads up — the tahini will continue to thicken up the dressing as you go.)
Season with salt and pepper. Give the dressing a taste, then generously season with a good pinch of two of salt and pepper as needed. Feel free to also add extra water to thin the dressing if needed.
Enjoy! Then either go ahead and serve the dressing right away, or refrigerate it in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
This Tahini Ranch Dressing recipe is quick and easy to make, naturally vegan and gluten-free, and totally, ridiculously, irresistibly good. Feel free to use more or less dill, depending on how much you prefer in your ranch.
1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup tahini
2–3 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)
1–2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, to taste
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 small clove garlic, pressed (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
fine sea salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, tahini, water, dill, chives (if using), mustard, garlic powder and onion powder until well-combined.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Also, if the dressing is too thick for your liking, feel free to whisk in an extra tablespoon or two of water.
Serve the dressing immediately, or transfer to a sealed jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Oh man, this looks good! I was actually looking for a homemade ranch the other day (but didn’t find one)…but this recipe is definitely worth a try! Spring weather is supposedly coming this week so I’ll finally get to have salads again ;)
Do you have any ideas for a tahini substitute that is also not tree nuts. We have some allergies in the house. Thanks! Sounds delicious!
A very interesting salad dressing! I expected the tahini to be added to the usual base for ranch dressing. My husband loves ranch dressing, so I just might have to try this.
This looks so good! And a bonus is that it’s naturally dairy free. I usually can’t have ranch dressing because I can’t have dairy. I’m going to put the ingredients on my shopping list so I can make this soon!
Made this today and poured over a farro salad with some chicken and sweet potatoes.. so delicious! I will definitely be keeping this recipe. Really easy to make and super versatile. Thanks :-)
This looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing. I love ranch – I’ve been looking for great recipes and different types of ranch to try out.
Thank you for the recipe, this is so good! Made it last night for my work day salads & it’s so tasty. Only had lime on hand and added Greek yogurt – made it so creamy. Will be using as a dip for veggies and on top of grilled chicken too. I think I prefer this version over regular ranch dressing – it’s that good!! Will be making over & over this spring & summer.
I go heavy on the Dijon and garlic and light on the dill, dried, but this is my favorite homemade salad dressing ever. I could drink the stuff.
freaking out for a homemade ranch dressing WITHOUT MAYO!!! *cue angels singing*
This is my first homemade dressing and I will never go back to store bought additives! I put more garlic and fresh dill. Also thinned it out for less fat. I cant say enough. Easy. Healthy. Vegan. Amazing! Thank you!
This is my go to recipe for ranch dressing. I’ve attempted to make ranch dressing out of nuts and other vegan/raw ingredients and nothing has come close to achieving the flavor and consistency of ranch dressing like this recipe. It is incredibly easy to put together and I almost always double or triple the recipe.
This dressing is SO GOOD!!! I was thrilled to use up some tahini the first time I made it but now I’ve made it numerous times and love it. Sadly I use dry dill because its what I have on hand but it still turns out great. I use the full amount of dijon mustard, add a little greek plain yogurt to make it creamy AND I add olive oil to make it a little richer. I use my food processor and usually double the recipe. Thanks Ali….my “go to recipe gal”
Tonight I used it to dress Ali’s Italian Potato Salad. Check it out too! GREAT COMBO! Yummy. Made it for friends and family and everybody raved!
My household LOVES this ranch! It is quite addicting – you’ll find yourself making things just to use this ranch. Not to mention dipping anything available in it in the meantime! It’s that good!! I go a heavy on the dill and lemon – will try more mustard next time!
This is incredible! My only regret is that I didn’t triple the recipe!
Can’t wait to try your recipe!!! But I would also like to find the vinaigrette bottle in your picture! Where did you purchase it?
Thank you. Blessings
Absolutely LOVE this dressing and make it often. Flavorful, versatile and delicious!
I love this. Add the yogurt. Delicious. Thanks!
Love this! So yummy 😋
I times it by 8!
I was looking for a good tahini based dressing, and this hit the spot! So good!