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Is Ranch Gluten-Free?

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Ranch is a creamy dressing that is often gluten-free! We will walk you step-by-step through how to read a ranch label to figure out if it is gluten-free.

We will teach you which ingredients to watch out for and share our favorite gluten-free ranch brands

It can suck when you go to a restaurant that isn’t gluten-free friendly and you get stuck ordering a salad. Then you aren’t sure which salad dressing is gluten-free. We will teach you how to ensure your ranch is gluten-free when dining out.

Keep reading to learn how to safely enjoy ranch dressing! 

What is Ranch Dressing? 

Ranch dressing is an American trend! It is difficult to find in other countries but the most popular salad dressing in the United States.

Ranch is a very creamy dressing typically made with several of the following: buttermilk, sour cream, and mayo. Most varieties of ranch dressing are not dairy-free. 

This creamy dressing is typically packed with seasonings such as chives, parsley, dill, and a splash of garlic and onion powder. 

Ranch has become more than a salad dressing; it is now enjoyed as a dipping sauce for fries, vegetables, or even pizza! This gluten-free salad dressing can be a great way to flavor plain vegetables

creamy ranch dressing in a bowl with a spatula

Types of Ranch

Ranch comes in many varieties. Some ranch dressings are more creamy and thick and other dressings are more tart and runny. 

Bottled Hidden Valley Ranch has a thicker consistency than the Midwest’s go-to “runny ranch.” The runny ranch has a more liquid consistency and is made with buttermilk. Whereas one of the most common ranch brand Hidden Valley uses mayo and nonfat buttermilk and makes a thicker ranch consistency.

Many across the nation jokingly battle it out as to whether or not thick ranch or runny ranch is better!  Regardless of what you prefer, most ranch dressings are naturally gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Ranch Brands

Keep reading to learn which brands of ranch carry a gluten-free claim or certification! A reminder that any product that has a claim stating that it is “gluten-free”,  “without gluten” or “free of gluten”, must contain <20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten.

Certified gluten-free ranch means that the product was third-party tested to ensure the ranch dressing is celiac safe.

Daiya Ranch 

Daiya homestyle ranch dressing is celiac-safe ranch. According to the label, it is also dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and gluten-free. 

Hidden Valley Ranch 

This is the brand most commonly found in stores. The best part about the Hidden Valley Ranch brand is that they also have gluten-free ranch seasoning so you can make your own ranch dressing or ranch dip at home. 

Keep in mind that most Hidden Valley Ranch does contain milk, eggs, and soy. 

Here is a list of Hidden Valley Ranch varieties that have a gluten-free claim:

AND, Hidden Valley makes gluten-free and dairy-free Ranch, check out:

Ken’s Foods

Ken’s is another brand of Ranch easy to find in most supermarkets that also carries a gluten-free claim.

Here is a list of gluten-free ranch varieties produced by Ken’s Foods:

Litehouse

Litehouse has many gluten-free ranch dip and dressing varieties. They have many more flavored varieties of ranch than other gluten-free dressing competitors. The Litehouse brand of ranch also lists a gluten-free claim on the packaging. 

Check out the gluten-free ranch products by Litehouse below: 

Primal Kitchen

This is a more expensive ranch dressing but is great for those seeking Ranch that is certified gluten-free! The Primal Kitchen Ranch dressing also contains no soy, dairy, or sugar. 

Primal Kitchen Dressing takes pride in keeping dressing dairy-free and using avocado oil

Here is a list of gluten-free and dairy-free ranch dressings by Primal Kitchen:

“Maybe” Gluten-Free Ranch

There are many different ranch dressings on the shelves at your supermarket, here are a few common ones that do not have gluten-containing ingredients but do not carry a gluten-free claim. 

Therefore, with these varieties of ranch, it is best to use caution as they may come into contact with contamination. You can also reach out to the supplier directly regarding questions pertaining to the manufacturing process. 

Naturally Gluten-Free Ranch with no gluten-free claims or certifications:

  • Kraft Ranch Dressing 
  • Marie’s Creamy Ranch 
  • Marzetti’s Classic Ranch Dressing & Dip 
  • Wishbone Ranch Dressing

As always, you can never double, triple check a label for gluten-containing ingredients too many times! 

Restaurant Ranch 

When dining out it is imperative to ensure that your salad dressing is gluten-free. Ask the server if the ranch is gluten-free when dining out. 

Thankfully, most ranch dressing is naturally gluten-free but some restaurants may use a thickening agent that is not gluten-free such as wheat flour. However, most ranch dressings are thickened using xanthan gum or cornstarch, which are gluten-free.

If you are dining out and  the restaurant is not confident that the ranch is gluten-free we recommend the following:

  • Bring your own ranch
  • Ask for a side of olive oil and red wine vinegar
  • Ask about other gluten-free dressing alternatives 

Of the many fast food places and restaurants, Chick-Fil-A is one of the only dining options that specifically claim their ranch is gluten-free. 

Chick-Fil-A Ranch 

Chick-Fil-A is one of the few fast-food chains with gluten-free food options. Per the Chick-Fil-A eating gluten-free guide the following ranch dressings are gluten-free:

  • Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
  • Garden Herb Ranch Dressing

What to Look For On a Label

When searching the shelves for a celiac safe ranch in the supermarket we recommend using our 4-step method.

The 4 step ranch label reading guide to tell if your ranch dressing is gluten-free.
1. Does the Ranch dressing label have a gluten-free certification or claim?
2. Is wheat listed as an allergen?
3. Are gluten-containing ingredients present? 
4. Does the manufacturer report that the product was made on shared equipment?
  1. Does the Ranch dressing label have a gluten-free certification or claim?
  2. Is wheat listed as an allergen?
  3. Are gluten-containing ingredients present? 
  4. Does the manufacturer report that the product was made on shared equipment with wheat? 

Common ingredients to watch for in salad dressings that contain gluten:

  • Soy sauce 
  • Malt flavor or malt vinegar (malt comes from barley, a gluten-containing grain)
  • Thickening agent: flour, modified food starch with a contains wheat allergen statement (some modified food starch is made from corn, potatoes, tapioca, etc, and is naturally gluten-free)
  • Spice blend- may contain gluten, best to reach out to the manufacturer for clarification 

Ways To Enjoy Ranch

For athletes, ranch can be an excellent way to add extra calories and help you eat more vegetables.

Vegetables are a powerful food group. All vegetables are naturally gluten-free, and most are packed with fiber, vitamins, and of course antioxidants. Antioxidants help to prevent disease and may decrease inflammation that occurs in the body after a challenging workout.

ranch dip with celery and carrots on a plate

Gluten-Free Ranch Dip 

If you love ranch, you will love our quick and easy gluten-free ranch dip! Our recipe uses the gluten-free Hidden Valley seasoning mixture combined with greek yogurt to make a healthy ranch dip. 

Our gluten-free ranch dip recipe is packed with 2x as much protein as the store-bought brand. Protein is important for athletes looking to build and repair muscle! 

Enjoy Ranch! 

Needing to live a gluten-free life can limit some of the foods you can enjoy! Luckily, there are many gluten-free ranch varieties that you can enjoy.

Whether you need gluten-free ranch or gluten-free and dairy-free ranch we hope this ranch guide was helpful to you! Remember to always double-check the food label using our 4-step ranch dressing and dip label reading tips.

Don’t forget to try out our high-protein, gluten-free ranch dip

Happy Dipping!

Your Ranch-Loving Dietitian

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