Vegan Ranch Dressing

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This vegan ranch is made with soaked and blended cashews. It’s ultra creamy, loaded with ranch flavor and perfect for salads or as a dip!

Today we’re making traditional ranch dressing… but vegan!

Mason jar of vegan ranch dressing. A spoon is to the side.

To be honest, ranch has never been my dressing of choice, but after making this homemade vegan ranch and brainstorming all of the ways to use it, it’s rising to the top! It’s so simple to make, tastes just like the real deal and pairs well with a variety of recipes.

FAQs

Before we dive into the recipe, I want to address some frequently asked questions about ranch dressing!

Is ranch dressing healthy?

Let me just say: not all ranch dressings are super healthy, but this version is! It’s made with minimal, whole-food ingredients that you can pronounce! It’s gluten-free, plant-based and absolutely delicious.

Is all ranch vegan?

Nope! Most ranch dressings are made with buttermilk, sour cream and/or mayo.

What spices are in homemade ranch?

My recipe uses a combination of parsley, dill, garlic, onion, sea salt and pepper. Some recipes also include chives.

Ingredients measured out to make vegan ranch dressing.

Here’s What You Need

  • cashews – cashews are the base of this vegan ranch and make it so creamy! Be sure to use raw cashews and remember to soak them before blending.
  • water – after the cashews soak you’ll drain them and then add the nuts and fresh water to the blender to combine with the spices.
  • seasonings and spices – a combination of apple cider vinegar, dried dill, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and black pepper to create the ranch flavor we all know and love.
tip!
Make sure you allow enough time to soak your cashews or use the quick soak method that I mention below. If you don't soak them long enough, your dressing will turn out a little chunky. 
Side by side photos of a blender with the ingredient to make a vegan cashew ranch dressing, before and after being blended.

Quick Soak Method for Cashews

Just like my vegan sour cream, soaking the cashews is essential for this recipe! If they aren’t soft enough you’ll end up with a chunky dressing rather than a smooth and creamy one. That said, I get that soaking cashews for 3-4 hours (or overnight) can be a pain, especially if you want to make this recipe right away.

Luckily, there is a quick soak method if you don’t have time to soak the cashews for 3-4 hours. Add cashews and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let cashews soak in the boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and use in the recipe as directed.  

Spoon with vegan ranch dressing from a mason jar.

How to Use Vegan Ranch Dressing

It seems like there are a million ways to use ranch. Here are a few:

Vegan ranch in a small bowl with fresh veggies around it for dipping. All on a white plate.

How Long Does Vegan Ranch Last?

Store leftover ranch dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 5-7 days. If any separation occurs, simply give it another blend or a shake.

Mason jar of vegan ranch dressing. A spoon is to the side.

More Dressing Recipes to Try:

Vegan Ranch Dressing

4 from 5 votes
This vegan ranch is made with soaked and blended cashews. It's ultra creamy, loaded with ranch flavor and perfect for salads or as a dip!
Mason jar of vegan ranch dressing. A spoon is to the side.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soak Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours or overnight
  • 1/2 cup fresh water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Soak cashews by adding to a large bowl or glass and covering with water by at least 2 inches. Once cashews are soft, drain and rinse.
    Jar of cashews soaking in water.
  • Add drained cashews into a high powered blender or food processor with 1/2 cup fresh water, apple cider vinegar, dill, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
    Blender with dill, spices, water and cashews.
  • Blend dressing until completely smooth. Makes about 1/2 cup.
    Blender with ranch dressing.
  • Use dressing as you would regular ranch. On salad or as a dip. See more ideas above.
    Spoon with vegan ranch dressing from a mason jar.
  • Store leftover ranch dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for 5-

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Equipment

Notes

  • Quick Soak for Cashews: If you don’t have time to soak the cashews for 3-4 hours, you can use a quick soak method. Add cashews and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then cover and remove from the heat. Let cashews soak in the boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and use in the recipe as directed.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1Tablespoons Calories: 43kcal Carbohydrates: 3g Protein: 1g Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 150mg Potassium: 16mg Sugar: 1g
Course: Sauces/Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan ranch dressing

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    13 comments
    1. John
      October 17, 2021 AT 10:17 am

      1 star
      I copied the recipe verbatim and its probably the worst thing I’ve ever had in my life. I dont know what I did wrong, I just wish I could do something as simple as this right

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 22, 2021 AT 4:37 pm

        I’m so sorry to hear that John. What didn’t you like about it? The texture? Flavor?

    2. Giftbasketworldwide
      September 22, 2021 AT 5:22 am

      Helpful one! Thank You so much.

    3. Donna
      July 26, 2021 AT 12:48 pm

      5 stars
      OMG Delicious!! I made it exactly except used fresh dill from my garden!! A real keeper for salads and dips!!! Loved it! ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 12:02 pm

        So glad this dressing was a hit, Donna! Thanks for the review 🙂

    4. Christina
      July 26, 2021 AT 12:03 pm

      5 stars
      Hi Brittany!
      I made this recipe and love how flavorful and healthy it is. I also love that I have another dressing choice with no oil added. It was perfect on my crunchy salad of red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, microgreens and snap peas. I will definitely be adding this to my regular rotation along with your tahini dressing recipe, too. Delicious. Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 12:03 pm

        Woo!! So glad this dressing was a hit, Christina! Thanks for the review!

    5. Collette
      July 24, 2021 AT 9:12 am

      Is the cashew soaking the same result as making cashew milk?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 6:10 pm

        Soaking the cashews is similar to making raw cashew butter. If needed, you can use cashew butter instead of the soaked cashews for this recipe. You’ll just need half the amount so 1/4 cup cashew butter and there shouldn’t be a need to add as much water to the dressing. Just add water until you get the desired consistency.

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