Mayo Saver Creamy Ranch Dressing

Unquestionably, the recipe that gets the most traffic on this site would be my Foolproof Paleo Mayo. Kind of ironic isn’t it, seeing as how it’s not even a recipe per se… Does that say anything about my cooking skills? Should I perhaps take a hint?

Seriously, if you’ve never made that mayonnaise, trust me, you have to give it a try. It’s the easiest, coolest mayonnaise recipe formula ever! In fact, it’s so easy to make, even a child could do it, blindfolded.

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Every now and then, though, someone will leave a comment on the post, telling me that the technique didn’t work for them. It always pains me to hear that and really wish I could come up with a quick fix, but I could never really figure out what would cause it to fail.

Try as I might, I’ve never once had this recipe let me down. Truth is, I don’t even measure my ingredients anymore. I just throw my egg in the jar, followed by a bit of Dijon, some lime juice or vinegar, one or two cloves of garlic, a dash of salt and pepper, whatever seasonings I want to add, pour about a cup of oil over all that, stick that blender right in, press the button and BOOM, instant mayo!

Other than using the wrong equipment or ratios of liquid to oil that would be way out of whack, I can’t possibly think of anything that would make this recipe not work.

HOWEVER! I recently failed at making Hollandaise sauce which I’d made in a very similar fashion, using a stick blender. Not wanting to throw it out, I decided to turn it into a dressing. That’s when it hit me. I had to come up with a recipe to prevent all those failed mayos from ending up in the trash.

Enter: Creamy Ranch Dressing!

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So, say you attempted to make mayonnaise but despite your best efforts, it simply refused to cooperate with you. You’re now stuck with a jar full of something that looks like thick, opaque, slightly flavored but not necessarily appealing oil.

Do not despair my friend, all is not lost. While you may not end up with the unctuous mayonnaise that you were dreaming about, at least, you’ll get to console yourself with a deliciously creamy Ranch Dressing that’s a million times better than anything you could ever get at the store. All you need to do is add a bunch of carefully selected aromatics to your failed mayo, stick that blender in that jar one more time, give it a good spin until everything is broken down and well combined and you’re all done!

Now you can try your hand at making mayo again…

Oh, and hey, you don’t need to have failed at making mayo to whip up a batch of Creamy Ranch Dressing you know. You can very well make it from scratch, too.

I’ve got you all covered!

Mayo Saver Creamy Ranch Dressing

Yield: Yields approximately 2 cups

NF based on approx 1 tbsp

Mayo Saver Creamy Ranch Dressing


  • 1 cup extra light tasting olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • OR
  • 1 paleo mayo recipe gone wrong
  • ADD
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green olives
  • 1 tablespoon olive brine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated onions
  • 1 tablespoon dehydrated chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Add all the ingredients to a tall and narrow glass jar that's barely wide enough to accomodate the head of your immersion blender. A 500ml (1 pint) wide mouth Mason type jar works wonders for this.
  2. Stick your immersion blender all the way down that jar, then press the power button and slowly lift the blender, move it around and up and down until your dressing is fully emulsified and turns a beautiful shade of creamy white.
  3. Drizzle liberally over your favorite salad.

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  1. says

    Lol… I’ve never had my mayonnaise fail on me either but I would make it fail now, just so I can make this dressing…:)
    Great idea anyway; we’re doing our third whole30 at the moment (and a lot better than our second one I might a add) and I always like to come here for some fab recipe inspiration!!

    • says

      Ah, but no need to fail at making mayonnaise, Simone, just make the recipe from scratch without even trying to make mayo. I couldn’t even fail at making it if I wanted to and it looks like it’s the same for you…

      Congrats on taking the Whole30 challenge one more time. Glad to be an inspiration, and good luck to you. You can do this. Remember… it’s only food! :)

  2. Suzanne says

    I have never had the mayo recipe fail for me at home, but when I went to my mother’s house and tried to make it for her it did fail and it astounded me – I have made it at least 50 times without a single fail. We ended up throwing it out, I would have loved this recipe then!

    This looks great, I will definitely be making it soon. How long will it last in the fridge?

    • says

      LOL, that is too funny Suzanne! Did you ever figure out why it failed? What did you do differently that one time?

      And I would say you can keep this dressing for a fairly long time if no raw egg was added to it… if there’s raw egg in it, then my general rule is no longer than 2 weeks.

  3. says

    This sounds great! I often make creamy sauces/dips/dressing with a almond-cream base, love that this is nut free. Definitely taking mental note!

  4. Fay says

    Brilliant and delicious recipe. I’m dipping a carrot in it right now! And brilliant to link to it from your mayo recipe because I did have a fail : ( But that’s a worry for another day…chomp, chomp!

      • Fay says

        I found that my immersion blender creates a really strong suction bond to the bottom of the container. It really takes a lot of strength and finesse to get it off the bottom without having it fly up. Is that a ‘thing’ with immersion blenders or just my particular model?

  5. Dawn says

    Hey, Sonia! Had my first mayo fail today and found this awesome way to turn my frown upside down…so happy I tried your recipe! I had a large, very ripe avocado that I needed to use – stuck it in the mixture before using the blender and added about a tablespoon more fresh lemon juice and blended as instructed. Voila! Creamy avocado ranch salad dressing. My sister and our neighbor RAVED over this delish dressing! Now, I will never buy another jar of mayo OR another bottle of salad dressing again…all because of you. Thank you, thank you! :)

    • says

      Awww, thank you, thank you, thank YOU, Dawn! This makes me so happy. And I love the sound of that creamy avocado ranch dressing. Sounds like something I’d want to eat by the spoonful. Forget the salad, just give me the dressing! 😉

  6. Tiffany says

    Am I understanding this right? I can make the ranch dressing without the egg? I don’t like mayo so would rather not attempt to make that first

  7. AliT says

    I have found that the immersion blender trick can fail for three reasons 1) moving the blender up and down too fast and too soon breaks those lovely little emulsion globules you just made, so moving slowly and your 20 second rule is pretty crucial, 2) Blend it too long and you’re toast for the same reason…stop while you’re ahead and quit when it looks like mayo, and 3) Room temperature ingredients, including that egg. I don’t get the science behind that part, I just know that if I don’t do it, big fail.
    Just my experience….we make a lot of mayo in our house!

    • says

      Funny, I always use eggs that come straight out of the fridge and never had this recipe fail on me yet… and I make at least one batch per week. I’ve also blended it for a fairly long time and even re-blended it after it was completely emulsified because I wanted to add more goodies to it (like capers or salted herbs or garlic). Again, no failures. Maybe I’m just lucky! :)

      I totally agree with having to leave the stick blender at the bottom of the jar until the emulsion is really fully happening, though. That part I would never mess with! Plus, it’s just so much fun to watch…

  8. Mary says

    This looks great! I’ve been looking for both a homemade mayo and a ranch recipe. Can’t wait to try it. What emulsifies the ranch if not egg?

  9. France says

    What do you mean “failed mayonnaise”?? I haven’t failed a single batch since I make it your way with the stick blender!!! ♥

  10. Chelsea says

    I had a mayo fail- I couldn’t believe it! It took 2 seconds for me to realize what I did. If you want to fail just use 1/4 c of oil instead of 1c of oil (I think I just misread the 1/4 t of salt and BAM!, it was a soupy mayo fail that worked beautifully for this ranch.

    • says

      HA! Glad to hear you managed to save your mayo by turning it into ranch dressing, Chelsea. However, I’m pretty sure that adding the missing oil to your soupy mess would’ve done the trick. I never measure my ingredients anymore when making mayo and sometimes, when I find it to be a tad too runny for my taste, I add a little bit more oil and it thickens it right up. I’m telling you, the stick blender technique is extremely forgiving! :)

  11. Marion says

    II used 100% Avocado Oil and blended it in a Magic Bullet….. which one do you think caused the fail? It is VERY watery……..

  12. scamp says

    I failed the mayo recipe a couple times and subsequently realized that it was because I did not follow your directions and I was impatient! do not move the blender for a full 20 seconds. If I keep the blender at the bottom for a full 20 seconds, it works. If failed when I started to lift the blender as soon as the magic started to happen and i think the failure is in leaving the yolk behind at the bottom.
    Love this mayo and the fact that it’s all natural!
    Thank you!

  13. says

    This is so amazing! I didn’t even have the dried chives and onion, and left out the olives and it is still addictive! I love the idea of blending in some avocado. We are new to Paleo, and my first mayo failed so this was a great save. I am going to use it as is with some chicken my husband smoked yesterday and make chicken salad. I’m not sure if the Dijon is true Paleo, but it’s Day 1 and we are retraining our taste buds so I’m not stressing it. I will probably use ground mustard in the future, but for now, I am thrilled to get our new eating style off to a yummy start. Thank you!

    • says

      Ah, but there’s nothing wrong with Dijon mustard, Anara. What makes you think that it wouldn’t be Paleo friendly? Just make sure you read your labels carefully, as some brands contain unwanted ingredients, but most are perfectly okay. That said, I’m really happy to hear that you enjoyed this salad dressing and hope that you have tons of fun discovering the Paleo lifestyle. Be sure to come back for more inspiration! :)

  14. janice says

    my dressing did not turn out creamy. what did I do wrong? I forgot to add the vinegar until I blended it for 10 seconds-was that the problem?

      • Janice says

        ok thanks I will make sure I don’t forget the vinegar next time!
        -I love your mayo recipe & I don’t think I will ever buy mayo in the store again. I love the idea of making it in its own pint size mason jar! Thank you for sharing this great recipe !!

  15. theresa says

    I don’t usually eat things with mayo, because I don’t like mayo. But I made this recipe for my daughter and I am now a LOVER of Mayo….it is delish. We are making the ranch drsg tomorrow, can’t wait to try it. Thanks for you wonderful recipes.

  16. Mindy Fike says

    Hi, I just made your fool proof Mayonnaise. Success :) The only thing and it’s my fault. Instead of using light tasting olive oil I used EVOO. It’s a tad strong. I will be making it again for sure. I want to get a few things in order because I want to take the Whole30 Challenge :)

    Thank you for the recipe.


  17. Caroline says

    I had a mayo fail :( and I want to try again but don’t want to waste ingredients. I made the mayo exactly the same way a week ago but with an egg from a different batch and all olive oil. It was absolutely beautiful. I was super excited and giddy and brought my mom over to watch me do it again…..she thinks it didn’t work out because she was there lol. I subbed in half avocado oil this time but it shouldn’t have mattered. Could it be the difference in eggs? By the way Thankyou so much for this recipe, as making my own own mayo rocked my world haha.

    • says

      The oil didn’t make any difference, that’s for sure. Perhaps the size of the egg? Did you use the exact same jar? And are you sure you didn’t forget to add the lime juice or vinegar to your mayo? You should definitely try again. Seriously, I’ve been making this mayo for well over a year now and never had a single batch fail on me. I think you just got unlucky… Next time will work like a charm! :)

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