Easy Homemade Dairy-Free + Paleo Ranch


This recipe is a staple at our house for summer salads and as a dip for colorful raw vegetables. It’s also great with buffalo chicken and potatoes. Stick with a mayonnaise free of canola oil. I use dried herbs for the sake of time, but fresh is always best.


  • 1/2 cup Paleo compliant mayo (my favorite is Primal Kitchens Mayo)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened/unflavored dairy-free milk substitute* plus more as needed
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried dill (or 2 tsp fresh)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley (or 2 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder (or 1 small garlic clove, minced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh chives, chopped (optional)

*my favorite is NutPods but canned coconut milk also works.


Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well. Add more salt + pepper if needed. If using as a dip, a thicker consistency may be desired. For salad dressing can thin out with a little more milk.

Use on a salad, or serve with sliced raw vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, radish and squash.


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About Dr. Maren

Christine Maren D.O., IFMCP is a board-certified physician and the founder of a virtual functional medicine practice in Colorado, Michigan, and Texas. She is also the co-founder of Hey Mami, a platform dedicated to helping women navigate a healthy and happy motherhood. She is best know for her work in thyroid, gut and reproductive/ preconception health. Dr. Maren is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner (IFMCP). Read more

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