Vegan Ranch Dressing

Everyone’s favorite salad dressing, veggie sauce, and pizza crust dipper can easily be made vegan! Don’t give up the indulgence of a childhood classic, try this good-as-the-original Vegan Ranch Dressing! Oil-free, soy free, gluten free.

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One of my favorite family memories from my youth was our Friday night pizza nights. My dad would make pizza (mine with no sauce, just cheese because I strangely didn’t like anything tomato-flavored) and it was the one meal we were allowed to eat in front of the TV. Sometimes my brother and I could even share a soda! Gasp!

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I remember ordering pizza in college and ruminating aloud that I wished we had carrots and grapes… After a few blank stares, I had to explain that we always had baby carrots and purple grapes on those Friday nights with our pizza. The one thing no one thought was weird was that we always had Ranch. It started as a carrot dipping sauce and ended up being mopped up with bites of pizza…

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However you enjoy Ranch dressing, there’s no doubt that it’s beloved but often demonized. Personally, I’m pro-anything that makes you want to chomp on some veggies or finish that last bite of crust. But if you’ve ever felt weird or freaked out by the ingredients in traditional Ranch (first of all, you shouldn’t be), making your own is the way to go.

It took me forever to develop this recipe because I usually make it using the highly unreliable “a little bit of this, a little bit of that” method. But because I think everyone NEEDS this recipe in their life, I spent some time measuring every “little bit” to land on a more exact recipe.

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And let me just tell you, I am OBSESSED with this stuff. Dare I say, it easily beats the stuff in the green-capped bottle. Just saying. Using fresh herbs and a ton of acid gives the dressing a great kick and fresh flavor that has me addicted. Seriously, I just had to go dip a carrot stick in and have a bite as I’m writing this because I’m daydreaming about it…

Ok, I’m back down to earth. And I’m covered in Ranch dressing… Err.. what?

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: ~2 cups

Everyone’s favorite salad dressing, veggie sauce, and pizza crust dipper can easily be made vegan! Don’t give up the indulgence of a childhood classic, try this good-as-the-original Vegan Ranch Dressing! Oil-free, soy free, gluten free.

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cups cashews, soaked*
  • 1¼ cups water, plus more if desired**
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 2 ½ tsp. salt
  • 4 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar (I use Braggs)
  • 1 green onion, green parts, finely minced
  • ¼ cup finely minced fresh dill
  • ¼ cup finely minced fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. In a high-powered blender, blend cashews water, garlic + onion powder, and salt until creamy and smooth, 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  2. Add the lemon juice and vinegar and blend for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the green onions and herbs and pulse gently (or stir with a spoon) to combine. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before using.

Notes

*You can either soak your cashews in room temperature water for 8-12 hours or you can soak them in boiling water for 30 or so minutes. I usually go the second route because planning is hard. **The dressing will thicken slightly as it cools in the fridge. I recommend waiting until it is completely cooled to add additional water to achieve the true consistency you want.

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1 Comment

  1. Erin Vasicek April 15, 2019

    I never added ranch to my pizzas until grad school. I could not imagine it being good but my boyfriend made me try it and I was immediately converted – as if I needed pizza to be covered in any more calories haha. But I love the idea of making a vegan version with cashews as I just talked to you about making my own cashew cream last week!

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