Vegan Ranch Dressing (Oil-Free)

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated
This Vegan Ranch Dressing tastes as tangy and is just as creamy as your favourite regular ranch dressing!! It’s oil-free, dairy free and really pumps up a salad!
A hand dipping a spoon into vegan ranch dressing.
Ever since posting my buffalo cauliflower wings, besides “yum!!” the comment I get the most is “what’s the recipe for that white sauce??” The “white sauce” is vegan ranch dressing and I usually buy a good organic brand that I love. Until I realised that you guys *really* wanted a recipe for it, so I created one!
Vegan ranch dressing in a glass jar, surrounded by herbs and lime wedges.
Vegan Ranch Dressing is unbelievably tasty. It has that tangy flavour that is exactly like regular ranch dressing. It drips like store-bought dressing. It’s also SO easy to make, which I love.

Vegan Ranch Dressing Ingredients

All the ingredients come together to make that perfect tangy, creamy combo to make this vegan ranch dressing:
  • Cashews – when soaked, blend into perfect creaminess
  • Water – sure, plain ingredient but helps to give the dressing that spreadable, drip texture
  • Fresh dill – adds such a bright flavourful that is essential to ranch dressing
  • Lemon, dried onions and dried chives – adds that tangy flavour that will have you pouring extra vegan ranch dressing on, well, everything. The citrus also is a great emulsifying agent which stops liquids from separating and helps to keep the salad dressing
  • Garlic – garlic is amazing in everything!
  • Black pepper and sea salt – perfect for bringing out and balancing natural flavours. Feel free to add more salt by the pinch if you need to bring out yours a bit more, since all seasonings vary just a bit.
Top down view of ranch dressing in a glass jar.
Also, feel free to add some additional seasonings. Some people love to add cayenne pepper or paprika or hot sauce to their ranch dressing. Go ahead and do it!
P.S. if you’re using a high speed blender, then your ingredients can get really blended. Case in point, my dill *really* blended in causing a slight green hue. Really slight. It created an immediate flavour though, which was #worthit. If you want something pure white though, go ahead and just fold in the finely chopped dill and allow it to marinade for a couple of hours. You’re good either way, friend.
Overhead view of vegan ranch dressing in a glass jar, surrounded by herbs.
I hope you try this on everything and enjoy! I’m making a new salad recipe that I can’t wait to bring to you that this will taste SO divine on!
A spoon dipping into ranch dressing in a jar.

Vegan Ranch Dressing (Oil-Free)

This Vegan Ranch Dressing tastes as tangy and is just as creamy as your favourite regular ranch dressing!! It’s oil-free, dairy free and really pumps up a salad!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 servings
Course Jams, Sauces, Dips & Spreads
Cuisine American
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight in water in a jar (this results in about 1 ¼ cups puffed cashews) and rinsed
  • 3/4 cup fresh water
  • 3 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt


  • In a high speed blender, blend all the ingredients together until blended and completely creamy and incorporated. You can use your blender’s dressing setting or blend for at least 2 minutes or until blended.
  • NOTE: the dill may turn it a slight light green hue, so you can always fold this in afterwards finely chopped. Taste and add more salt or lime/lemon juice if necessary. Add more water if you want it runnier . Serve on salads, with buffalo cauliflower wings or on veggie burgers.
  • Store it in the fridge for about a week. Before serving on salad, allow it to sit out of the fridge for about 15 minutes first since it can thicken up if you want it runny.


Calories: 754kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 57g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1193mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3367IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 10mg
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  1. KC says:

    Wow, looks amazing. Can’t wait to try this !

  2. pictaram says:

    I will definitely try it! Thank you for sharing~~

  3. vivian says:

    A great base for adaptations to make it just what you want. I added more lemon and used a green onion instead of the chives because I couldn’t find my dried chives. I would definitely make this again, and can see adding some hot pepper sauce in some cases, some parsley in others, just whatever you want. Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Looks like you really made this recipe your own Vivian! Thank you for leaving such a kind comment!

  4. adi says:

    Thank you for publishing this post. I wish you success

  5. Geena says:

    This dressing is amazing!! Thank you so much for including how long it lasts and that it thickens up in the fridge. I was getting worried it had gone bad when I made a double batch and it had only been a couple of days.

    Really, thank you for this.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Geena! We’re happy that our instructions were helpful to you!

  6. Ron says:

    Do I use raw cashews to make this recipe? Please advise. Thank you.

  7. Ashley says:

    5 stars
    This is my favorite ranch recipe ever! So simple, yet so incredibly delicious! This last batch I got to make with dill from my garden, it made it even better ?
    Anyway, thank you thank you for your amazing recipe ??

    • Courtney | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Hi Ashley,
      So happy that you love it! Fresh dill sounds amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jolia says:

    thanks, i used it ^ _ ^
    I always come to your site

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thank you so much Jolia! We’re happy that you were able to make the recipe!

  9. Ai says:

    5 stars
    Made it with lime and it was the bomb! I had it with your buffalo wings but I could’ve totally just had a bowl of this with a spoon and called it a day haha. So yummy!

  10. Hanna says:

    5 stars
    Jessica this ranch is incredible! My boyfriend and I are not vegan but are trying to incorporate more plant-based meals into our diet. I have never made anything from cashews before and I am FLOORED at the creamy consistency. Also, the seasonings for this dressing are spot on. This was my first time trying one of your recipes (I used this for the bbq chickpea wraps, as recommended) and I am so happy. Thank you for this!


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