For the most part, when I want Ranch dressing or dip, I make it at home. I found a mix I really love and it only takes 2 ingredients to whip up a dip that tastes better than store-bought. It doesn't last as long as store-bought, but then I make enough that I would consume. But usually, those two ingredients are often: mayo and buttermilk. Neither are vegan-friendly items. However, when I saw people raving about Trader Joe's Vegan Ranch Dip I was curious as to how good it could be.
How do they go about making this creamy especially now that Trader Joe's Vegan Mayo is a thing of the past? Well, this is coconut cream and canola oil. The rest are the expected herb and spice combinations that you've come to expect in a Ranch.
Now despite my expectation that this will be strongly coconut, it actually tastes quite strongly of the vinegar. It does have a bit of a bite to it.
But when you are crunching down a small plate of carrots it becomes a pleasant acidity.
However, if I'm being honest, it tasted somewhere between a cross between a ranch dip and a tartar sauce without the pickles.
I know that sounds very weird, but that is pretty much how much bite is in this.
But this becomes an interesting item. It could be used as a vegan mayo with the right pairings.
A lot of me wishes that they would pick a different oil to make some of the dips. I was hoping that this would be a keto friendly option, but sadly it isn't much like my beloved Garlic Spread.
But at the end of the day, it is a low carb vegan friendly option. It is intensely herbed and tastes very much of chives and all the other yummy herbs that go into a ranch dip.
I liked it and it was fun to try.
For $3.49 it is reasonably priced as well.
Would I buy this again? While I liked this, the vinegar was a bit too much for me. And for the calories I'd rather reach for the Garlic Spread and Dip instead.
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Trader Joe's Vegan Ranch Dip
Product Name: Trader Joe's Vegan Ranch Dip
Product Description: Trader Joe's Vegan Ranch Dip is a new vegan option in the refrigerated aisle
Trader Joe's Vegan Ranch Dip is new and is found in the refrigerated aisle.
- A new vegan dip that is ranch flavored without any dairy
- Very acidic and not as balanced as I would have liked