Hidden Valley is going vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free for its next foray into the wild kingdom of ranchness. It’ll be a while, though—the product is expected to hit store shelves in April. So no plant-based Super Bowl buffalo cauliflower dipping for you quite yet.
Have you ever had vegan ranch? I have, and it’s actually quite good. It doesn’t sound like it would work, since the whole product is basically buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, and a hint of spice. But, as grumpy as this might make some people, vegan substitutes for mayonnaise are pretty spot-on now; the real test is whether or not it tastes like the original Hidden Valley Ranch, which still clocks in at number one (or near number one) on taste tests. Don’t worry—when this product comes out, we’ll do the hard work and report on it as professional ranch tasters. I will also volunteer to plunge into a kiddie pool full of dressing for no discernible reason. I may regret this if it actually happens.
If you’re aiming for a more plant-based diet, things like this can chip away at products containing animal stuff in your pantry pretty easily. Baby steps, people, baby steps. As an omnivore I welcome products like this, because it makes me feel like I’m doing a little better for the planet—at least mentally. Maybe dairy-free, allergen-free ranch dressing will go well on Impossible burgers or on lab-grown chicken. Or for my frozen pizza bones (crust) if I’m feeling frisky. Also, remember the time I tried to cook my way through an entire gallon of ranch? I only live the best life I can.