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Vegan Ranch Dressing

This Vegan Ranch Dressing is ready to go head-to-head with "traditional" ranch, for a salad dressing or a dip. It's oil-free and so delicious!
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword dressing, oil-free, oil-free dressing, oil-free ranch, vegan dressing, vegan ranch dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 120kcal
Author Beth Hornback

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Savory Cashew Cream (see note for alternatives)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 Tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar, unseasoned rice vinegar, or other mild unsweetened vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder or granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (or dill, cilantro, or a combination), or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives, or 1 1/2 tablespoons dried

Instructions

  • Puree all ingredients except herbs in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the herbs and pulse a few times to break down the herbs and mix in. Pureeing the herbs will turn the dressing a pale green color, so be careful not to pulse too much if you want the dressing to look like “traditional” ranch.
  • The mixture will seem thin, but will thicken upon refrigeration.

Notes

If not making the savory cashew cream, add these ingredients to the blender to approximate the flavor:
  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews or pepitas*, soaked for at least 1 hour if not using a high speed blender (see note for quick-soak method)
    2 tsp. nutritional yeast
    1/2 tsp. white wine vinegar, unseasoned rice vinegar, or other mild unsweetened vinegar
    1/2 tsp. salt

Quick soak method for raw cashews or pepitas

Boil cashews or pepitas for 15 minutes in a small saucepan, then drain and proceed with recipe.
*Pepitas can be substituted but will lend a pale green color to the dressing. The flavor of the pepitas is stronger than that of cashews, but dissipates some upon refrigeration. This is a great nut-free option!

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 376mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 5mg