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Homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On March 5, 2010 @ 6:45 pm In Dairy Free,Homemade,Recipes | 19 Comments

I was inspired. Two totally unrelated events. An inspiration.

  1. Stumbling upon this post from Pioneer Woman [3]
  2. Scoring a free head of lettuce from Kroger this past week (thanks to the Kroger best customer coupons!)

My light bulb moment…

You see.  I like salad.  I like lettuce.  But straight iceberg lettuce is tough to swallow.  It’s just so bland.

But top it with some STRONG homemade garlic ranch dressing.

A match made in heaven.

Be warned: You will suffer from “garlic breath” after eating this. But the fullness of the flavor is totally worth it!

Homemade Garlic Ranch Dressing (Dairy Free)

Yield – a little more than a cup

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 cup real mayonnaise ($.25) Often on sale…match with a coupon for a super deal!
  • 3 Tbsp rice milk or regular milk ($.03)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice ($.05)
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed ($.05) Use the largest you can find on the clove…or several small ones!
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion ($.05)
  • 1 tsp tarragon ($.10)
  • 2 tsp dried dill ($.20)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Add mayonnaise to a medium bowl. Whisk in the milk and lemon juice.
  • Stir in the crushed garlic and finely chopped onion.
  • Stir in the tarragon, dried dill, salt and pepper.
  • Taste. Add a little of whatever else you think it needs!

  • Pour over the top of iceberg lettuce wedges. Or use as a tasty dip for raw veggies!
  • Savor!

Cost $0.73

P.S. I can’t wait to make this again this summer…using fresh dill and parsley from the garden!

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