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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions

Instructions

  • 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.
NOTES

Nutrition

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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24 comments

  1. Liz says:

    5 stars
    Sadly we didn’t have chives – this still turned out AMAZING. Also made this pretty last minute and used cashews out of the freezer without soaking (high power blender still blended them beautifully)

  2. Rebekah says:

    5 stars
    Made this last week and love it! I used oat milk instead of water and it was extra creamy! Was wondering though if you know if this freezes well? We weren’t able to use all the dressing up

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thanks so much Rebekah! It tends to separate when defrosting, but it can be frozen. I hope this helps.

  3. upnod says:

    Sadly we didn’t have chives – this still turned out AMAZING.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Awesome we’re so happy that it turned out well without it!

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