Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing (8-Ingredients)

June 26, 2019

Dips Spreads & Sauces

By: Jasmine Briones 

Learn how to make a creamy, oil-free vegan ranch dressing at home with just a handful of basic ingredients and just 30 minutes of your time! It’s perfect for salads, as a dip, and even alongside some homemade pizza.

Cashew ranch dressing in a cup surrounded by ingredients by sweet simple vegan

Ranch dressing— thank goodness there is a vegan version of this dressing! It was my all time favorite growing up and I used to put it on just about anything. Hands up if you love dipping your pizza in ranch!

We do have a decadent veganized version of ranch using vegan mayonnaise and sour cream that we had shared previously on our blog, but after doing our healthy eating challenge, I wanted to find a way to make it just a bit better for us.

Ingredients to make cashew ranch dressing on a wooden board by sweet simple vegan

For this recipe, all you need are these simple ingredients: cashews, filtered water or unsweetened plant milk, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, dill, chives, vegan Worcestershire, apple cider vinegar (or sub lemon juice), and of course salt and pepper to taste.

Overhead shot of a cashew ranch dressing in a cup by sweet simple vegan

It was actually so easy to do and the result was magic. We replaced the sour cream and mayo with a simple vegan cashew cream and it resulted in a lighter, whole food based good for ya ingredients ranch that brings you all the flavor without any funky add ins.

Step by step to making homemade vegan cashew ranch dressing by sweet simple vegan

This ranch is easy to make and if you already have your cashews soaked, will take less than 10 minutes! Soak the cashews in filtered water overnight OR in boiling hot water for 20 minutes.

Drain the cashews and add them to a high speed blender, along with the 1 cup of water or almond milk, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, vegan Worcestershire, salt and black pepper. Blend everything together on high until smooth and creamy, about 60 seconds.

Step by step to making homemade vegan cashew ranch dressing by sweet simple vegan

Add in the parsley, dill and chives, and pulse everything together until well incorporated. You want to avoid blending it until smooth so that the ranch does not turn green. That’s it! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Salad with homemade vegan ranch, tempeh bacon, carrots, chickpeas, hemp seeds, zucchini noodles, avocado, parsley and lemon by sweet simple vegan

So how do you like to serve your ranch? Here are a few ideas:

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Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing (8-Ingredients)


  • Author: Jasmine @ Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

Learn how to make a creamy, oil-free vegan ranch dressing at home with just a handful of basic ingredients and less than 30 minutes of your time! It’s perfect for salads, as a dip, and even alongside some homemade vegan pizza.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (or sub lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire (we used the gluten-free one by Edward & Son’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper, as desired
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, remove it from heat. Add in the raw cashews and allow them to soak for 20 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Drain the cashews and add them to a high-speed blender, along with 1 cup of water or almond milk, apple cider vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, vegan Worcestershire, salt, and black pepper. Blend everything together on high until smooth and creamy, about 60 seconds.
  3. Add in the parsley, dill, and chives, and pulse everything together until well incorporated. You want to avoid blending it until smooth so that the ranch does not turn green.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  • If you would like your ranch to be thicker and more dip-like, add less water.
  • Prep Time: 28 minutes
  • Category: Dressing, Side
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan, Oil-Free

Keywords: Dressing, Side, Vegan, Oil-Free, Ranch, Herbs, Cashew, Gluten-free

Nutrition facts label provided by Nutri Fox.

Disclaimer: The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional’s advice. This page may contain affiliate links, which simply means that we earn a commission if you purchase through those links, but your price remains the same. Thank you for supporting Sweet Simple Vegan!

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  1. Terri Shively says:

    This ranch is amazing! It’s by far the best recipe I’ve found for ranch. It doesn’t have that weird sweetness from the cashews. I love it. THANK YOU!

  2. This is going on my salad tonight for sure.

  3. Alaina says:

    Have you ever tried with dried herbs? I have some good dried dill and parsley and am wondering if it would work ok.

  4. Andrea says:

    I am trying not to eat this by the spoonful.

  5. Michaela says:

    Soooooo good!!!

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