Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing & Dip (Whole30, keto, paleo)
In less than 5 minutes, you can whip up a cool, creamy, spicy Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing (or dip, if you choose!). This Buffalo Ranch Dressing is Whole30, keto, and paleo and awesome for salads or dipping all the things. It’s a super easy dump recipe that uses healthy avocado oil, clean-eating Buffalo sauce, and lots of flavorful herbs and spices for the best ranch dressing ever!
I knew it would happen…
The literal second the snow starts melting here, my body begins to crave greens — specifically salads.
It’s happened every year for the last 4 years that we’ve lived in Northeastern Minnesota.
It’s like we spring our clocks forward, the sun comes out, the snow begins to melt, and my body says, “Feed me greens. NOW!”
My Perfect Salad
So, almost every day, I’ve been piling red or green leaf lettuce, spinach, and chopped fresh parsley on my 10-inch dinner plate. Then, I add grated carrot, some chunks of avocado, and fresh alfalfa sprouts.
Depending on what we have in the fridge, I’ll add some chopped, cooked chicken or a couple of hard-boiled eggs. I like sprinkling on some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (soaked and dehydrated, of course).
I also make my own croutons out of gluten-free bread because I love a salad with crunch!
For a while, I was making homemade ranch and then drizzling a bit of my favorite buffalo sauce (The New Primal’s Noble Made Medium Buffalo Sauce) over my salad. Then I thought, “Why not just mix my buffalo sauce INTO my ranch and have the BEST of both?!”
It was a “duh” moment.
So now, I slather my perfect salad in this Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing! YUM-O.
I’m like a happy little bunny with this pile of greens with nutrient-dense sprouts, greens, protein, and fat from this yummy Whole30-friendly, keto-friendly, paleo buffalo ranch.
Why Avocado Oil For Buffalo Ranch Dressing & Dip?
First and foremost, avocado oil has the best flavor for salad dressings… because it doesn’t have much flavor at all.
Pure olive oil is usually a go-to for homemade salad dressings, but it also imparts a pretty strong olive oil flavor, in my opinion. Plus, unless you’re very judicious about the sourcing of your olive oil, chances are high that what you’re using isn’t pure olive oil at all — but olive oil that’s been cut with rancid vegetable oils.
FYI — I only buy two brands of olive oil: Wildly Organic olive oil and Thrive Market olive oil.
I want my Whole30, keto, paleo Buffalo Ranch Dressing to taste like Buffalo Ranch Dressing — the coolness of ranch with the spicy heat of buffalo sauce. Not olive oil.
It’s a perfect match!
The second reason I use avocado oil for Buffalo Ranch Dressing?
I love the health benefits of avocado oil!
- Avocado oil is about 70% monounsaturated fat. Ironically, it makes the fat-phobic American Medical Association happy, but is a true Whole30 and keto fat, too!
- It can protect against free radical damage, cellular degeneration, and inflammation.
- Avocado oil increases the collagen in our connective tissues which is a win for our joints and skin!
- Not that it matters for dressing/dip, but avocado oil is also a heat-stable oil. Cold-pressed avocado oil can be safely used to temperature of 490° Fahrenheit — so it’s great for sauteeing, frying, and baking, too!
How & Where To Find The Best Quality Avocado Oil
If avocado oil is new to you, you might not know what to look for or where to find it.
When ordering avocado oil online, look for:
- cold-pressed, not raw or unprocessed
- avocado oil in dark, not clear, bottles — this minimizes the risk of oxididation
- avoid any avocado oil that’s bright green
- avoid it if it’s been processed with caustic sodas, chemicals, or solvents
Here’s where I buy the best quality avocado oil:
- If you live near a Costco, you can typically find the Chosen Foods brand.
- Many health food stores will carry the Chosen Foods or Primal Kitchen brand — these are QUALITY brands.
- Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil on Amazon
- Chosen Foods Avocado Oil on Amazon
- Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil on Thrive Market <– BEST PRICE!
Ok, let’s get back to this creamy, cool, and spicy Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing and Dip!
Is there a difference between dressing and dip?
Well, in my opinion, yes.
Typically, dressings have a thinner consistency. Nothing is more annoying than a super thick dressing that doesn’t drizzle, am I right? When it’s just clumps of dressing instead of being able to pour evenly over your salad?
So, there’s a slight modification if you want to turn this Whole30 Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing into a dip: simply add a bit of dairy-free milk until it becomes the dressing consistency you like!
Without adding the dairy-free milk, the consistency will be much more dip-like. And then, you’ve got a fantastic Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dip for…
- my favorite clean potato chips
- cheese curds
- veggie chips
- pork rinds
- Buffalo wings — HELLO!
- regular or curly fries — you’ll LOVE my Butternut Squash Curly Fries!
So, about that addition of dairy-free milk…
I used cashew milk. Here is my tutorial for making your own cashew milk with just 2 ingredients: cashews + water!
In my opinion, it has the mildest flavor of the dairy-free milks that are still keto/paleo. A clean almond milk is also fine, if that’s what you have.
I would really hesitate to use coconut milk here.
If you’re going for dip, leave out the dairy-free milk. If it’s salad dressing you want, add it in until you reach your favorite salad dressing consistency.
Pretty simple, right?
How To Make Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing/Dip
This recipe for Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing/Dip is stupid-easy.
It’s one of those “dump” recipes that make this from-scratch, whole foods life just a little bit easier.
And remember, I don’t do complicated — so if there’s ever a shortcut or time-saver or work-around to make life less complicated, I’m going to find it.
So, here’s what I like to do to make this Whole30 Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing (or dip).
Get out a quart-size, wide-mouth Mason jar in which to mix all the things. This is SOOOO much easier and less messy than using a bowl.
Bonus! You can also mix and store in the same jar. (See? Uncomplicated.) 🙂
Dump the avocado oil, buffalo sauce (here’s my favorite, clean brand!), an egg, some lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, dill, garlic, salt, pepper, and a few other spices into your jar.
Next, get out your handy-dandy immersion blender. If you don’t own one, get one. F’real.
These things make it so easy to crank out salad dressings, blended soups, BBQ sauce, and more without dirtying up your regular blender. Truth bomb: blenders are a pain in the butt to wash.
Stick that blender down in the jar with all your ingredients and blend away. The best technique is to sort of use an up and down motion. This emulsifies everything really well.
Once it’s smooth, it’s time to blend in the chopped, fresh parsley. Yes, I used dried dill, but I am SUCH a fan of fresh parsley.
You can use curly- or flat-leaf parsley; totally up to you. Give it a rough chop until you’ve got about a quarter cup, then add it to your jar and blend until smooth.
Here’s where you have to make a big decision.
Right now, you’re at the Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dip stage. Should you choose to remain at dip stage, congrats! You are finished! That probably took you all of 5 minutes, didn’t it?
Should you choose to progress to dressing stage, you’re going to add a few tablespoons of dairy-free milk, like we discussed above. And briefly blend until you reach YOUR favorite dressing consistency.
Use your Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing (or dip) right away or throw a lid on that jar and put it in the fridge. It’ll keep for about a week.
Here’s the recipe!
Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing & Dip (Whole30, keto, paleo)
In less than 5 minutes, you can whip up a cool, creamy, spicy Avocado Oil Buffalo Ranch Dressing (or dip, if you choose!). This Buffalo Ranch Dressing is Whole30, keto, and paleo and awesome for salads or dipping all the things. It's a super easy dump recipe that uses healthy avocado oil, clean-eating Buffalo sauce, and lots of flavorful herbs and spices for the best ranch dressing ever!
- 1cupavocado oil
- 1/3cupNoble Made Medium Buffalo Sauce
- 1 egg
- 1tablespoonfresh lemon juice
- 1tablespoonapple cider vinegar
- 1-1/2tablespoondried dill(or 3 tablespoons fresh dill)
- 2clovesgarlic(peeled and smashed)
- 1teaspoonblack pepper
- 1/2teaspoongarlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoononion powder
- 1/2 teaspoonground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoonpaprika
- 1/4cupchopped, fresh parsley(or 2 tablespoons dried)
- 2-3tablespoonsdairy-free milk, optional(I used cashew milk.)
To a quart-size, wide-mouth Mason jar, add all ingredients except dairy-free milk and parsley.
Using an immersion blender, blend with an up and down motion so all ingredients fully emulsify and become smooth.
Then, add the chopped fresh parsley* and blend until smooth. (See note.)
If serving as a dip, the mixture will be thick and ready to use. If using as a dressing, go ahead and blend in a few tablespoons of dairy-free milk, such as cashew milk, until you reach your desired dressing consistency.
Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
I prefer to use fresh herbs when possible. Fresh parsley has so much more flavor compared to dried parsley! It also has LOADS of health benefits. So, use dried dill if that's what you have; but it's worth it to grab a bunch of fresh, organic parsley next time you're at the store!
More Healthy, Homemade Dressings & Dips You’ll Love…
- 2- Minute Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Cream Cheese Dip (keto, primal)
- The BEST Damn Keto Chipotle BBQ Sauce Ever
- Avocado-Garlic Aioli
- Fermented Cilantro Chimichurri (keto, paleo, Whole30)
- Dairy-Free Instant Pot Queso (aka “Nooch Queso”)
- Sprouted Hummus with Kale & Chives
Just my kind of dressing! Spring is finally sprung and this jazzed up a regular ole salad!