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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Dairy-free and absolutely delicious, cashew cream based vegan ranch dressing is the answer to your creamy salad dressing cravings!

Vegan Ranch Dressing

When you give up dairy, or go vegan or WFPB (whole food, plant-based), leaving behind rich and creamy foods like ranch dressing can be a real challenge, no matter how deep your motivation.

But thanks to cashew cream — my miracle answer to those cravings for things like sour cream, alfredo sauce … and ranch dressing — you and the fam won’t have to neglect your favorite salads, or anything that else ranch dressing tops like a champ.

If you haven’t yet tried cashew cream (and aren’t allergic to tree nuts!), pull up and seat and let me tell you about cashew cream.

Other nuts blend up into heavy, densely flavored nut butters. But cashews … with a little extra water, they blend smooth, light and completely creamy. It’s even white, rather than beige. And unlike nut butters, cashew cream doesn’t taste at all like cashews. It’s somehow savory and fresh and creamy, all at the same time.

And when blended with seasonings like garlic and miso and lots of fresh herbs, you’ll never have to pine for rich ranch dressing ever again, thanks to homemade vegan ranch dressing.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

How to Make Vegan Ranch Dressing

Making vegan ranch dressing at home is so easy! You’ll need a blender, preferably a high-speed blender, preferably a Vitamix, a Blendtech, or even a bullet blender.

  • If you have a regular blender, you’ll need to soak the raw cashews first. In a large bowl, cover the raw cashews by an inch with cold water, and leave on the counter for an hour or two. Drain well.
  • Add the cashews, fresh water, and the other ingredients except the green herbs to a blender jar, and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the herbs and pulse until mixed in. Don’t blend too long, or the dressing will turn green – the herbs should be visible in the dressing.
  • For best flavor, refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • The dressing will store in the refrigerator about a week, provided the ingredients (such as the vegan mayo) were not set to expire before then.

Top your salads. Top your tacos. Dip your veggies. And be every so happy that ranch dressing is still in your life :).

Karen xo

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Dairy-free and absolutely delicious, cashew cream based vegan ranch dressing is the answer to your creamy salad dressing cravings. The dressing can be whipped up in minutes, but note you might have to soak the cashews first if you don't have a high-speed blender.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cashew soak time, if needed1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Condiments + Dressings + Sauces
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan ranch dressing
Servings: 8
Calories: 70kcal
Author: Karen Gibson


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegan mayo
  • 2 teaspoons white miso
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  • Place the raw cashews in a bowl and cover with water; let soak for at least one hour*.
  • Drain the cashews and add them to a high speed blender, along 3/4 cup fresh water, and the ingredients through onion powder. Process until creamy and smooth.
  • Add the fresh herbs and pulse just to combine. (Don't blend too long, or the herbs will turn the dressing green.)
  • Transfer to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours, to let the flavors develop and combine.


*If you have a high speed mega blender, such as a Vitamix, you don't have to pre-soak the cashews, although I think it makes the dressing creamier.


Calories: 70kcal
Nutritional information, if shown, is provided as a courtesy only, and is not to be taken as medical information or advice. The nutritional values of your preparation of this recipe are impacted by several factors, including, but not limited to, the ingredient brands you use, any substitutions or measurement changes you make, and measuring accuracy.

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