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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Delicious and amazing vegan ranch dressing that is also Whole30, Paleo, dairy-free, grain-free, gluten-free!  Use as a dip with veggies or crackers or on your favorite salad.  Great as a topping for baked potatoes.  So many uses!

Course Condiment, dressing/sauce, Sauce, Spread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 91 kcal
Author Christine Galvani


  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • lemon zest from lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (season to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper (season to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup


  1. Place cashews in a heat resistant bowl and add boiling/hot water to cover them.  Soak cashews for 10 minutes to soften them. 

  2. Drain and rinse softened cashews and place in a blender or food processor with all the other ingredients.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

  3. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.  Lasts about a week in the refrigerator.  Great on salad, as a dip for veggies, on sandwiches, on baked potatoes etc...

Recipe Notes

Pro tips:

  • Use a blender, food processor or immersion blender for the creamiest dressing.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before consuming and/or serving.  This gives the flavors a chance to meld together.
  • Try making with fresh herbs if available.  (Simply double the amount of dried - e.g. 1/2 teaspoon dried = 1 teaspoon fresh chopped herbs).
  • Serve as a dip with sliced veggies.
  • Omit the maple syrup for Whole30 compliance.
  • The dressing will thicken stored in the refrigerator.  To thin out, add extra water or almond milk.
  • Would be great in potato salad to replace mayonnaise or other dressing.
  • Consume within a week, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 39mg2%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 2.7mg3%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.