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.