The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Hi, my name is Isadora and I am a ranch addict.  I’ve been clean for about 5 years up until today.  I used to be one of those people who put ranch dressing on everything; pizza, pasta, tacos, etc…  You name it, a disgusting amount of ranch dressing went on top of it.

I actually remember being so picky as a child that the only things I would eat on holidays were mashed potatoes and carrots and ranch dressing.  And you better bet that the ranch dressing also went right on top of those mashed potatoes!  A few years ago, I decided to give up ranch dressing and start actually tasting the food I was eating rather than just tasting ranch all the time!  But then a few days ago a friend of mine reminded me of my ranch obsession and suggested that I make a vegan version and I haven’t looked back yet!

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It is funny how easy it is to fall back into old habits!  I’ve been enjoying this ranch as a dressing on salads, as a dip for vegetables, and I’ve also been piling it on pretty much everything else I’ve been eating lately.  It really does taste so good!  A few of my friends have said that they like it even better than the real thing.

The base of this vegan ranch dressing is cashew creme, veganaise, and almond milk with apple cider vinegar (a vegan version of buttermilk).  I’ve then added in a few seasonings and some fresh herbs.  But, I think what really gives it amazing taste is that I’ve also blended up some cucumber directly in the sauce to give it a nice cool fresh taste.

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This really is the Best Vegan Ranch Dressing you will try!  And I promise you that once you make it, you will be putting it on everything in sight too :)

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The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing


  • Category: Dressing, Dip, Gluten Free, Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 1 1/4 cup raw cashews soaked overnight or boiled for 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cup veganaise, I used reduced fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 heaping cup chopped cucumber
  • 1-2 tablespoons water, depending on how thick you want the dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped Italian parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped chives

Instructions

  1. Add the almond milk and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup and let sit for 20 minutes, until curdled. Then add the soaked cashews, almond milk mixture, veganaise, remaining teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and cucumber to a blender. Blend until you have a creamy mixture with no lumps, about 1 minute. Add water if needed.
  2. Transfer dip to a large bowl and mix in the onion powder, garlic powder, and fresh herbs.
  3. Enjoy as a dressing on salads or a dip for vegetables. Makes about 3 cups.

 

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    • Mayur says

      this recipe looks great! though i have a question – do you know if it will still be ok without the onion/garlic/chives? there are groups of people out there who don’t eat any vegetables of the Allium family (onion, garlic, scallions, chives, leeks, etc.) It’s for religious reasons, so any help making allium-free vegan ranch would be great!

      • She Likes Food says

        Thanks! I think it would still taste good without them, just maybe not as “Ranch” flavored as with them. I would just add a little more of the other herbs to make up for it!

  1. says

    I used to put ranch on everything growing up and I can’t lie, I still do sometimes to this day. I love this version and that it’s so much better for you than store bought! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I agree Kelly! I try to pretend like I don’t use it as much, but I totally still love it!

  2. says

    I sooo get it… I love ranch dressing, but I love your version even better!! Have you seen the ingredients in some of the commercial ranch dressings? So excited you developed this, Izzy! Cashews are magical and I love finding new ways to use them, and your recipe is perfect! I can’t wait to whip this up! Thank you for this… have a lovely weekend!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Traci!! Yuck, I have seen them and there are way too many of them! I’m obsessed with using cashews in sauces these days, they really are so magical! I hope you are having a great week :)

  3. says

    I am a major ranch addict too! When I was vegan for a few months, I definitely missed ranch dressing the most. These vegan version looks wonderful! Like the real thing! Can’t wait to give it a try : )

    • She Likes Food says

      I was surprised at how much it tastes like the real thing! I haven’t eaten ranch regularly for a few years and I was definitely missing it :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It was so much easier than I though it would be, Sarah! Basically you put everything into a blender and then you have ranch :) The cucumber really makes it!

  4. says

    As with most previous commenters… yes I’m a ranch addict too. :) And my 3-year-old is now. I did the vegan buttermilk trick in my vegan lemon olive oil cake… never thought to make ranch with it! I can’t wait to try this version and feel less guilty about putting it on everything. Do I cause ripples in the space-time continuum if I use vegan ranch on a hamburger? If you’re reading this comment, doing so didn’t cause the universe to implode. :) Pinning!

    • maureen says

      LMAO – I was looking for vegan ranch because as a type O blood I can’t have buttermilk. I will definitely be eating meat with it!!!

      a lot of people are off dairy but not meat. I wonder if I can make this with almonds. can’t have cashews. Anybody try?

      • She Likes Food says

        Feel free to eat anything you want with it :) I’ve never used almonds myself, but if you try I would recommend using slivered almonds with no skins and soaking them overnight first.

  5. says

    I love Vegenaise — it’s so creamy and it’s all I buy. I hate mayo! I’ve never tried cashew cream, but I need to try it. This dressing sounds amazing, Izzy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Me too, Marcie! For some reason regular mayo kinda grosses me out, but I can eat so much vegenaise! I’ve been obsessed with cashew cream lately!

    • She Likes Food says

      Oh, I was the pickiest of them all, haha! I lived on mashed potatoes, ranch, and grilled cheese! Thanks, Ashley!

  6. says

    hahaha I had such an addiction to ranch dressing when I was younger too! I put it on everythingggg. And now it’s been so long since I’ve had it!

    This looks fantastic! I really love that you blended the cucumber into it! Will definitely be trying! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      It is funny how so many people put it on everything! I try not to soak too many dishes in it these days, but sometimes your pizza needs a little ranch :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Ceara!! I love ranch on pizza too!! I try to pretend I’m too sophisticated for that, but who are we kidding :)

  7. Terri says

    As I was sitting here eating my salad with Ranch dressing, I googled How to make vegan ranch dressing”.
    Your site came up and here I have found the answer to my question in a matter of seconds. Thank you for making this version and including the recipe.
    cheeers!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, that is funny! And I sign that you need to make it :) I hope you enjoy it if you get around to trying it!

  8. Finley says

    Hi! First time making this and I love it! Any idea if it freezes well? I definitely have too much for just me :). Thanks!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Finley! So glad you loved it! I haven’t frozen it myself (I guess I eat a lot of ranch dressing, haha!) but I think it might work pretty well. It just might need to be mixed pretty well once you thaw it out. Let me know how it goes if you try it :)

  9. Meghan says

    Hi. Just letting you know I love this recipe! I was trying to cut the cost on it even more so I used the Trader Joes vegan mayo and dry herbs (half the amounts). Tasted awesome and maybe $5 for all those ingredients. Also, since I used dry herbs I was able to just pulse them in the vitamix at the end instead of transferring to a bowl. Easy preezy. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Meghan! That is so nice to hear! That is good to know that it still tastes good with dried herbs because fresh ones can be expensive sometimes! So glad you liked it :)

  10. Jenny says

    My husband is allergic to almonds and is in the market to find a ranch he can have that is vegan. Would substituting coconut milk work?

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Jenny, Coconut milk might give it a slightly sweet flavor. I would recommend using rice or hemp milk instead, but coconut milk would probably still taste pretty good!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Kate, I would try halving the amounts since dried herbs can sometimes have a strong taste and then adjust if needed :)

  11. Mama Lo says

    OMG OMG OMG. FINALLY my vegan itch has been scratched. …been veg over 2 yrs and the only cheats: cheese pizza with/and/or and and and RANCH. LOL I put a clove of fresh garlic and a chunk of onion for the chives, added a T of nutritional yeast and zucchini in place of the cuke (just b/c i didn’t have one). I didn’t use the whole amount of mayo either (b/c i will prolly eat this whole recipe myself in a matter of days! –don’t tell!) Used dried herbs except basil, again all i had on hand. But who cares?! You have blown my vegan mind with this. Love. Love. Love. nom nom nom…

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi, Mama Lo! That’s so great to hear!! I’m so glad you finally got your ranch craving! Ranch has always been a favorite of mine so I know how you feel! So glad you liked it! :)

  12. Nancy Fagan says

    Hello, This is a wonderful, tasty recipe. I’m not getting it eaten fast enough, though, and I’m worried about it spoiling. Can the Ranch be frozen?

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Nancy! Hmm, that’s a good question! I’ve never frozen it myself, but you could try freezing a little and see how it defrosts. I would think it would work but I can’t say 100% for sure.

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