Gluten Free Sauces & Condiments

Vegan Ranch Dressing

This vegan ranch recipe is quick and easy in a high speed blender. It contains no oil, no mayo, and no tofu. That’s right, it’s just cashews, fresh herbs, lemon juice and all the good stuff.

This recipe makes ~¾ cup of homemade vegan ranch dressing. It’s awesome as a dip for veggies, on salads, buffalo soy curls, or on anything you enjoy ranch on. If you’re anything like me, that’s everything 🙂

You might be thinking… “Why not just put all the ingredients in the high speed blender and let it do the work?” Because once you add the herbs, you have a high probability of ending up with green ranch. If you don’t care, I don’t care! It all tastes lovely.

If you’re in a bind, you can use a regular blender, but you must soak the raw cashews in water for 4-6 hours. After soaking them, drain off the water and use them in the recipe. Using this method, the dressing had a thicker and less velvety texture. You also can’t adjust the thickness by adding more raw cashews, unless you soak additional ones just in case. It won’t be exactly the same. For best results, use a high speed blender, like a Vitamix or Ninja.

An easy homemade vegan ranch dressing made with cashews

Vegan Ranch Dressing

½ cup raw cashews

½ cup water

1 ½ tsp lemon juice

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp finely chopped kosher dill pickle

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley

2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh dill

Black pepper, to taste

1. In a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or Ninja), add the raw cashews and water. Blend until completely smooth. If you like a thicker ranch dressing, add a few more cashews and blend again. If you like it thinner, add a little more water and blend again.

2. Spoon the contents of the blender into a mixing bowl. Then, add the lemon juice, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, finely diced kosher dill pickle, and black pepper (to taste). Stir.

3. Stir in the parsley and dill. Taste, and adjust seasonings (more salt? More lemon juice?). Serve.

A creamy vegan ranch without mayo!
Buffalo Soy Curls Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing. Yum!

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