No-Oil Tofu Ranch Dressing

Nutritarian Ranch Salad dressing recipe tofu ranch Dr fuhrman 6 week plan eat to live meal plans no oil no nut no added salt vegan ranch dressing Dr Greger Daily dozen nutritionfacts orgNo oil, no nuts, vegan, nutritarian, super-low fat, tofu ranch dressing.  Yup, say hello to your dream dressing!

All of that creamy goodness is here.  We’re talking legit.

We’re talking months in the making to get it all just right.  We’re talking no added fat (no oil, no nuts) and no added salt–at it’s damn delicious!

You know that salad is the key to weight loss success, you know those fresh raw veggies are going to protect you from disease and have your body running at it’s absolute best.

If you’re looking to achieve health excellence through a plant-based, whole food, no-oil, no-added-salt diet (like Dr. Fuhrman’s nutritarian plan) then you know that finding a decent conforming salad dressing is freaking hard!

I’m so excited to add this ranch dressing to your arsenal of delicious, nutritarian dressings!

In case you’ve missed it, here’s what we have so far:

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This tofu ranch is oh-so-dip-able that you’re goal of 1 pound of fresh veggies is going to be a breeze to achieve.

And guess what?

You could eat all 2 cups of this tofu ranch recipe batch and it wouldn’t matter one. bit.

That’s right!  This is the world’s cleanest ranch recipe.  There is nothing bad for you in this dressing: no dairy, no salt, no oil or added fat.

Try eating 2 cups of regular ranch in one day and see how you feel after.

And it’s all about that base

See most of the vegan ranch dressing recipes use Vegenaise or cashews and seeds to give that rich taste that we all crave from ranch.

After weeks of trial and error, I’ve finally found a way to make that creamy “buttermilk”-like base without the fat!

No oil Tofu Ranch Salad dressing dip No oil no nuts recipe low fat vegan recipe Dr fuhrman eat to live program the end of heart diseaseAll you need for this tofu ranch is a bowl and a blender–it comes together in less than 5 minutes.

You can use fresh or dried herbs.  I’ve made this recipe with both dried and fresh and, honestly, if you don’t mind a bit of chopping, I’d say go fresh if you can–that’s where all the flavor lives!

Fold in the chopped herbs, don’t blend them with the base!

I know you might be tempted to throw all the ingredients in the blender and leave it at that, and if it just so happens to be St. Paddy’s Day I say go right ahead–cause it’s going to be green.

Incidentally, green ranch turns me off and yes I made that mistake while developing this recipe.  I do not like green ranch and veggies, I do not like them Sam I Am.

You get the point, take the time to chop and fold your herbs!

This ranch will turn out thick–but you can modify it.

It’s definitely a dip-like consistency.  Personally I like a thicker ranch, but if you’re in the mood for something more drizzle-able just add in more water till you find your happy-magic-ranch-place!

Yes, happy-magic-ranch-place does exist, and you just found it!


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4.5 from 2 votes

No-Oil Tofu Ranch Dressing

Welcome to the vegan ranch dressing holy grail!  Oil-free, no nuts or seeds, no-added-salt, and completely conforming to Dr. Fuhrman's nutritarian, whole food, plant-based program! 

Author Kristen | Hello Nutritarian


  • 14 oz package firm tofu
  • 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp fresh curly parsley, finely chopped (sub 1 1/2 tbsp dried)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh dill, finely chopped (sub 3/4 tbsp dried)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped (sub 3/4 tbsp dried)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or Cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Start with the "buttermilk" base: Add tofu, 1/2 cup water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, onion and garlic powders, pepper, and smoked paprika or Cayenne pepper to blender.

  2. Blend on high for about 2 to 3 minutes until you get a smooth, creamy consistency.

  3. Empty "buttermilk" base into mixing bowl.  Fold in dill, parsley and chives.

  4. Adjust your consistency by adding 2 tbsp. of water and mixing, until you get the thinness you want.  Adjust easonings as necessary.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is savory with a flavorful punch from the fresh herbs. If you typically get overwhelmed by herbs, I would suggest starting with half the recommended amounts and add more to your liking after giving it a try.

Please leave a comment if you give this tofu ranch recipe a try, I love getting your feedback!

Let’s live better together!

xo, Kristen

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  1. elle

    Just found you and must say the pictures of the food are luscious, so colorful! I am just starting out, Day 3 of ETL, and know three things for sure: I will be successful if there is variety, meals that taste good, and ready-to-eat foods available always. I love the way your blog is set up and am happy to have found it and the Facebook support group. There is so much support and encouragement that I feel I will be successful.

    1. Kristen

      Hi Elle!

      Yay!! I’m so happy you are enjoying the site and content–all of this is here to help you be successful!

      I am on a short blogging break until the beginning of August, but get ready! There are more yummy recipes and resources to come!

      xo, Kristen

    1. Kristen

      Hi Becca,

      Wow, I’m so sorry you were disappointed with it 🙁 I would say that because it is Eat to Live compliant (and you can’t use dairy, oil or salt) it’s the closest to a fat-free ranch that I have found.

      You can always add 1/4 cup soaked cashews and some salt to make it taste better for you! It’s one of my all-time favorites, but everybody is different 😉

      xo, Kristen

  2. Shannon Lowe

    Hi, I just found you when I began looking into SOS free for all the weight I have to lose. I am not used to really cooking REAL food and am a bit overwhelmed. I’m not used to so many ingredients and amounts of food to buy, but I know I NEED this. I was wondering for a family of 4 what should I be spending weekly that will cover the whole week. If you could give me a general idea that might be helpful. Right now we spend almost $170 and that is about $50 more than I would like to spend. Is this way of life even possible for us or just for me. Thanks for all of your help and effort you put into your website, it has been a whole day of studying your site and writing down lists and so on. It gives me hope.

    1. Kristen

      Hi Shannon!

      So happy you found the site and are embarking on a new lifestyle!

      It really depends on the ages of your kids to know if it is feasible to have them start with you. My two are under age 7, so they don’t eat nutritarian–we focus on having them eat their veggies first, try to minimize processed foods and do fruit for dessert. As they get older I will expose them to more.

      When you say SOS, does that mean you’ve read Dr. Fuhrman’s books or were introduced to the lifestyle another way?

      If you focus on weekly meal prep you can really trim your grocery budget because you are batch cooking–you can read up on it here.

      Let me know about your kiddos ages so I can give you more tailored advice!

      xo, Kristen

  3. Bj

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love Ranch dressing so I’m hoping this will be a good substitute. I’ve never used tofu before and there are quite a few different ones in the store and to be honest I don’t know which to buy – they all look a little scary! Do you have any suggestions on how to buy good tofu? Which brand do you use? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Kristen

      Hi Barbara!

      I suggest you just buy “firm” organic tofu! I buy mine in bulk from Costco the brand is called “House Foods.”

      I’m so excited for you to try this recipe–it’s really amazing how creamy it is!!

      xo, Kristen

  4. Amanda

    This was excellent, I added smoked paprika and i wanted to eat with a spoon. The only adjustment i will be making is less pepper cause it was supposedly “too spicy for my 5 year old lol!

  5. Raelyn

    Hello! I am so excited to try this recipe and SO happy to find this Nutritarian ranch! My only question is that in the directions it says to blend red pepper in the base, but red pepper isn’t listed in the ingredients for the recipe. I also saw radishes in the picture with the dressing so I just want to make sure that when I make this that I’m not making it incorrectly by not using these things. Thanks!

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Raelyn,

      Thank you so much for catching that! There is no red pepper in the recipe–I have them and radishes in the picture just to add color!

      I’ve fixed the recipe–it should have read: smoked paprika or Cayenne pepper!

      Hope you love it as much as I do!

      xo, Kristen

  6. Amber

    This is one of the best tofu ranches I’ve come across! Thanks so much for this great recipe. I subbed silken firm tofu bc I always have it on hand and I didn’t add any water. The consistency turned out great for dipping.

  7. Ellen

    Making this now! Wondering why in the list of ingredients it says “1/2 cup water divided” but then you put the entire half cup in at once? Did I miss something?

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Ellen!

      I had to re-post all my recipes when my site was switched over so, I will go back into my files and make sure the measurement is correct. I do know that the ranch consistency is thick so I usually add more water to get it to more of a dressing consistency versus a dip.

      Thanks so much for pointing this out–I will double check and update!

      xo, Kristen

      1. Patricia

        I have mason jars with metal lids. Will the metal react with the tofu? Should I put a bit of plastic wrap between the dressing and the lid?
        I’m hoping your recipes will encourage me to make my own dressing. I am a pretty good cook and have made all kinds of vegan foods, but for some reason, salad dressings scare me. Doesn’t make any sense, but there it is. Also, I’m always afraid I won’t use up the dressing since it is only me. I don’t want to waste the ingredients, so it’s important to know that these will keep at least a week. I will probably just make half batches, tho, to see how it works out.

  8. Carlie

    I tried this ranch today. I am vegan, mostly plant based. I have been trying to be as plant based as I can. The one thing I miss is all the yummy-oil-sauces. This for me wasn’t ranch-ish, but still a good dipping sauce! I dipped buffalo cauliflower into the dip and it was a delicious snack! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Carlie!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know how you liked the ranch-ish sauce 😉 That might have been a better thing to call it! Y

      Yes, I completely agree on missing oil sauces! This ranch is really healthy because it uses no nuts, but if you want more of that richness you can always add in cashews next time!

      xo, Kristen

  9. Rhonda

    Made this today and loved it! I’ve been eating my salads topped with fresh salsa, avocado chunks and a generous dousing of apple cider vinegar. I enjoyed, guilt-free, having a salad drenched in dressing…like I always wanted to do with conventional ranch dressing. Today’s salad was mixed leaves, shredded carrot, diced orange bell pepper, and red onion slivers, all topped with this amazing tofu dressing and sprinkled with sunflower kernels.

    Thank you for the recipe!

  10. Madison

    This looks so great and I can’t wait to try it!

    Out of curiosity though, how much dressing does this recipe make?

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Madison!

      That’s a great question! I’ll have to pay better attention next time I make it–but I want to say about 2 cups (since my Mason jars fit 2 cups)!

      Hope you love it and I’ll update the recipe with the yield amount soon!

      xo, Kristen

  11. Kelli Mayno

    Hi! THANK YOU!!! I just whipped up a batch and I am in heaven!!!! I didn’t see where it mentioned this, so forgive me if you did and I overlooked it, but what is the fridge life for this?


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