Simple and easy to make, this Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe is dairy free and full of flavor for a healthy dressing alternative for all your needs! Pair it with a snack platter for the perfect appetizer or afternoon pick-me-up. Nut free option.
- 1/3 cup cashews (raw or dry roasted)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened plain dairy-free milk + additional as needed
- 1/2 cup olive oil, avocado oil, or grapeseed oil
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- Optional 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley or 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
For the Platter:
- Vegetables of choice, sliced. (Ex: Carrots, celery, broccoli, grape tomatoes, etc.)
- Herbs and lemon slices to garnish
- Optional: gluten free or paleo-friendly crackers
For the Ranch Dressing:
- Put the cashews in a spice grinder or small food processor, and pulse until powdered, about 30 to 60 seconds.
- Put the cashew powder, milk, oil, lemon juice, vinegar, honey or maple syrup, salt, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper in the blender, and blend for 2 minutes. The ingredients should emulsify and thicken slightly. Stir in the parsley.
- Pour the dressing into an airtight bottle or container, cover, and refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to thicken and let the flavors develop.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake or whisk the dressing before each use. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
For the Snack Platter:
- Place 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of vegan ranch in a small bowl. Place the bowl on a large serving plate. Add the fresh vegetables and/or gluten free crackers around it.
- Garnish with lemon slices and herbs. Add cracked pepper on top of ranch, if desired. (See notes for a nut free option.)
This recipe was adapted, with permission, from the Eat Dairy Free cookbook written by our friend Alisa Fleming.
Nut-Free Option: Substitute sunflower seeds for the cashews. The seeds have a more pronounced flavor and produce a thinner result but still make for a delightful dressing.
The nutrition information below is an estimate for the dressing only.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Appetizer, Snack
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 2 tbsp
- Calories: 117
- Sugar: 0.6 g
- Sodium: 13.7 mg
- Fat: 12.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 2.1 g
- Fiber: 0.2 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: vegan, healthy snack, dip, dressing, dairy free, nut free, appetizer, kid-friendly, paleo