The girls took off for the beach yesterday, and before they left they both mentioned they were craving salad and wanted a Vegan Ranch Dressing. 

Vegan Ranch Dressing

 

“Can you make us a salad when we get back with some homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing?”

And that my friends, is how a new recipe gets created …. I mean how on earth can I say no to that?  Right?

Knowing my daughter is Lactose Intolerant – and that Ranch is her favorite dressing – I immediately set off to create the perfect,  Dairy-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing.

I knew right away though that the million dollar question was going to be –  Soy Based?  Or Cashew Based?

I know a lot of you hate Soy, and I know a lot of you avoid nuts.  So there’s really no winning here  – other than just making it the way I would like.   So for that super creamy texture I remember about Ranch  – I went with Cashews.  If you want to try this recipe with a block of Tofu?  Feel free and let me know how it turns out.

This Vegan Ranch Dressing is a simple recipe, with virtually no prep time other than soaking some Cashews for a while.  The rest is all done in a blender – so clean-up is a breeze.

What I did was basically start with just Cashews and Almond Milk in a blender – and then add some spices and flavorings bit by bit until I got the flavor I wanted.

Funny thing was – something always seemed to be missing  – until I found my secret ingredient.

And now?   It’s Creamy Vegan Ranch Perfection.

Hope you like it as much as we do.  My daughter had 3 bowls of salad  – I think she liked it 🙂 

Cool Vegan Ranch Dressing

 

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Easy recipe – I promise.

Soak a cup of whole, unroasted, unsalted, Cashews in some hot water for at least an hour.  The longer the better.

Afterwards, drain the cashews well and add to a blender.

Add in the remaining spices and flavorings, and blend on high until smooth and creamy.  You may want to stop and scrape down the sides occasionally.

Pour into a container you can seal, and then refrigerate for at least an hour to thicken.  The longer it sets, the thicker it will become.  I had some the next day and it was perfect.

Oh – and in case you’re wondering about that Secret Ingredient?

Miso.  That added just the right pizzazz to make this the perfect Vegan Ranch Dressing.

Enjoy!

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Cool Vegan Ranch Dressing

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Serves: About 2 Cups

The Ultimate Vegan Ranch Dressing - completely oil-free and only using a few ingredients and spices. Perfect on a salad or just for veggie dipping.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cashews, unsalted, unroasted
  • 1 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp White Miso
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • ¾ tsp Dried, Ground Dill Seed
  • ½ tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Soak Cashews in hot water for at least 1 hour.
  2. Drain well and add to blender along with remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.

 

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