Last updated on October 26th, 2022 at 05:19 pm
The ranch is an amazing salad dressing that tastes great with almost anything.
However, Ranch dressing products mostly contain eggs which is a problem for people allergic to eggs or who follow an egg-free diet regimen.
Thankfully, some Ranch dressings are egg-free. Although not completely, since Ranch contains Mayonnaise which contains eggs.
This article highlights different egg-free Ranch dressing products you can try out and a guide for making your own homemade egg-free Ranch dressing.
Egg-free Ranch dressing products include; Daiya Homestyle Ranch Dressing, Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch Dressing, and Follow Your Heart Vegan Ranch dressing. You can purchase these products in stores or opt to make your own homemade Egg-free Ranch dressing that suits your specific needs instead of using store-bought Ranch dressing products.
Do All Ranch Contain Eggs?
No, not all Ranch dressings contain eggs. Some Ranch brands are gluten and egg-free.
However, these dressings contain Mayonnaise, and eggs are a common ingredient in Mayonnaise.
The Mayonnaise gives the Ranch a distinctive flavor and taste that makes Mayonnaise almost irreplaceable when making Ranch dressings.
Most egg-free Ranch brands do not often pay attention to this specific detail and ignorantly market their product as completely egg-free.
There are alternatives and steps you can take to prevent this. One of which is making your own homemade Egg-free Ranch dressing.
It may not be easy because you would have to find and purchase substitutes for the Mayonnaise that may not taste as good as the original, egg-based Mayonnaise.
Although these products are less fattening and completely egg-free, you might not like them.
However, they are worth giving a try. A few of these egg-free substitutes include:
#1. Sour Cream
Sour cream is a great substitute for Mayonnaise in Ranch dressings. Sour cream has a smooth texture and a mild fresh taste.
It will blend well with any Ranch dressing recipe you are working on without compromising the appearance or texture.
Some people mix sour cream and Mayonnaise to get a bit of that zesty mayonnaise taste.
A significant difference between sour cream and Mayonnaise is that sour cream lightly thickens your dressing, unlike Mayonnaise, where just a little can be too much.
Although, if you prefer your Ranch dressing thick, you will need to use a substantial amount of sour cream.
#2. Egg-free Mayonnaise
You can find egg-free Mayonnaise in stores or make one at home. It is fairly easy to make.
The chore mainly involves getting all the ingredients together in the right quantity and perfect condition.
Egg-free Mayonnaise contains Milk, Lemon juice, Mustard powder, Pepper, Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, and Vegetable oil.
Below is the procedure for preparing Egg-free Mayonnaise:
- In a small bowl, pour in ½ cup of milk, ½ cup of Vegetable oil, ½ tablespoon of Mustard powder, ¼ tablespoon of pepper, ½ tablespoon of salt, and ½ tablespoon of sugar.
- Pulse the mixture thoroughly until it thickens.
- Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a tablespoon of vinegar slowly.
- Pulse the mixture for 15 seconds.
- After the pulsing for 15 seconds, add another two tablespoons of vegetable oil and a tablespoon of vinegar and pulse for 10 seconds.
- Once the mixture becomes noticeably thick, creamy, and smooth, you can serve.
#3. Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt is a great alternative to Mayonnaise for Ranch dressings. It adds a unique taste and is much healthier than other substitutes.
You can use store-bought Greek Yogurt or opt for homemade Greek Yogurt.
Homemade Greek Yogurt is preferable since you can monitor everything that goes into the yogurt.
Below is a table that highlights the benefits of an Egg-free Mayonnaise compared to a regular Mayonnaise:
|Egg-free Mayonnaise||Regular Mayonnaise|
|Less Fattening||Very Fattening|
|Suitable for people allergic to eggs||Not suitable for people allergic to eggs|
|It tastes bland most of the time.||It tastes better and has more flavor.|
What Ranch Dressing Does Not Have Eggs?
Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch Dressing and Daiya Homestyle Ranch Dressing are examples of egg-free Ranch dressings.
Most store-bought Ranch dressings are not entirely egg-free. So, to be safer, If you prefer, you could make your homemade Ranch dressing.
Making Ranch dressing is quite easy. All you need are certain ingredients in specific quantities.
These ingredients include:
- Eggless mayonnaise or Sour cream
- Herbs and Spices
Below are some easy steps you can follow to prepare a homemade Ranch dressing:
- First, in a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream and milk thoroughly until it is smooth.
- Ensure the milk is refrigerated properly before adding it to the bowl. An increase in temperature can cause the milk to curdle.
- Pour in the Mustard powder, pepper, and salt. At this point, you can also add herbs such as garlic, onion, parsley, and chive if you wish to. Whisk the mixture thoroughly.
- After mixing thoroughly, pour the dressing into a container and refrigerate.
Does Hidden Valley Ranch Have Eggs?
Not all Hidden Valley Ranch contains eggs. Some variants, like the Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch, are egg-free.
Here is a list of ingredients a regular (not egg-free) Hidden Valley Ranch dressing contains:
- Egg yolk
- Modified Starch
- Artificial Flavors
- Vegetable oil
The ingredients used in Hidden Valley’s egg-free Ranch variety are quite different. They include:
- Vegetable oil
- Soybean Protein
Hidden Valley’s egg-free Ranch dressing is much healthier than the regular Ranch dressing. It is most suitable for Vegans and people with gluten or egg allergies.
As well as being gluten- and egg-free, Hidden Valley Ranch dressing is dairy-free and Nut-free.
Hidden Valley Ranch dressing might be plant-based, but it doesn’t taste bland.
The product contains natural flavors that taste just as great as regular Hidden Valley Ranch dressings.
As much as you can’t reproduce an exact Hidden Valley Ranch dressing by yourself, you can still prepare your own plant-based homemade Ranch dressing.
Can Vegans Eat Ranch?
Yes, Vegans can eat Ranch, provided it is Vegan Ranch. Ranch typically contains Mayonnaise which vegans can’t eat. Not many Ranch brands manufacture plant-based Vegan Ranch.
Hidden Valley’s Plant Powered Ranch Dressing is a great Vegan Ranch you can try out. It is completely egg-free and gluten-free.
The safest option for vegans is to make your special homemade Ranch yourself.
Here is a vegan Ranch recipe you can try out:
- Dairy-free Greek Yogurt
- Dairy-free milk
- Mustard powder
- Pepper powder
- Onion powder
The ingredients above are easy to source and are completely vegan.
Below are the steps for the recipe:
- Mix the Greek Yogurt and Dairy-free milk into a small bowl and whisk thoroughly until smooth. It is preferable if you use a high-powered blender.
- Add the mustard powder, pepper powder, and onion powder.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and mix until you can feel the mixture thickening.
- Add two tablespoons of vegetable oil and vinegar and mix thoroughly.
- When the mixture thickens further, put the bowl into a refrigerator and serve when chilled.
How to Make Ranch Without Eggs?
Making a Ranch without eggs is quite easy. There are several egg-free Ranch options available in stores.
A few include Daiya Homestyle Ranch and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.
But, because you can never be too sure what goes into a manufactured product, making your homemade Ranch yourself is much safer.
You will first need to substitute traditional Mayonnaise with an egg-free variety, or you can use sour cream or Greek yogurt.
Below is a list of ingredients you will need to make an egg-free Ranch:
- 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt or Sour cream.
- One teaspoon of vinegar
- Two cloves of garlic
- ½ tablespoon of parsley
- ½ teaspoon of pepper
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt.
You can use higher measurements for yours if you are making bigger servings.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to make an egg-free Ranch.
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Add the Non-dairy milk if the mixture is not thick enough.
- Whisk thoroughly until the mixture is noticeably thick.
- Store the bowl of Ranch in the refrigerator always to avoid spoilage.
A select few Ranch products sold in stores are egg-free. Brands like Hidden Valley and Daiya are amongst the best available.
Substitute traditional Mayonnaise with egg-free Mayonnaise, sour cream, or Greek Yogurt when making homemade Ranch.
Store Ranch dressing inside the fridge immediately after preparing, and keep it refrigerated always after each use.