A dairy-free vegan cashew ranch dressing made with blended whole cashews, garlic, onion, and herbs. Great for use in sandwiches, salads, or dipping.
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What is Cashew Ranch Dressing?
Cashew ranching dressing is a sauce that is made from soaked raw cashew, herbs and spices that have been blended with some water into a smooth consistency.
It can be used in salads, as a dip or in sandwiches and wraps.
There is a dairy-free ranch sauce.
😋Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Can be used as a salad dressing, as a dipping sauce or in sandwiches
- Ready in minutes
- 100% all-natural using ingredients that can be adjusted to suit your liking
- Dietary friendly - vegan, gluten-free, corn free, soy free and oil-free
✔️Ingredients You’ll Need
Notes on some of the ingredients, the full list of ingredients and their measurements can be found in the recipe card below.
Raw cashews are the base of this dressing. These will need to be soaked in double the amount of filtered water, overnight for optimal results. If you forget to soak them overnight, you can soak them in boiling water for about an hour.
Some of the water from soaking the cashews will be used in this recipe too. Check the recipe card below for the amounts.
Dijon mustard is my preferred mustard, however, you can use your preferred mustard sauce.
Lemon helps to brighten and elevate the flavoring.
Maple syrup to balance out the saltiness. You can replace it with your preferred sweetener.
Homemade vegan ranch seasoning which is easy to prepare and keeps well in the pantry. Click on the link for the recipe.
🍛How To Make Cashew Ranch Sauce
Step 1 - Overnight soak whole raw cashews in double the amount of water.
Step 2 - Add soaked cashews, ¾ - 1 cup of the water from soaking and all other ingredients to a high-speed food processor. Blend until creamy and smooth (about 4 minutes - see pro tips). Taste test and make any adjustments to suit your taste. Pour into a jar and store in the fridge for up to one week.
⭐ Pro Tips
All spice, herbs, and lemon juice can be adjusted to suit your taste.
A high-speed food processor such as this one (affiliate link) is ideal for ensuring the cashews are on the creamier side rather than grainy. Blend for several minutes on high until it is creamy. I like to blend for a minute, with a 30-second break in between to minimize the sauce heating up. This is about 5-6 minutes of blending time.
If you do not have a high-speed food processor, a blender can be used, however, do note that the texture will be grainier.
Stir the dressing before each use as it tends to slightly solidify in the fridge.
Both the parsley and the chives can be fresh rather than dry. The blender will ensure they are chopped finely.
The consistency can be adjusted by adding less or more water. If wanting to make this dressing into a dip, start by adding ¾ of a cup and adjusting to suit.
Turn this cashew dressing into this bbq ranch dressing.
I also love it with fresh carrot, cucumber and celery batons or using it as a replacement dressing in salads such as this vegan broccoli salad.
Or try dipping these tasty zucchini sweet potato fritters into it.
Can I freeze cashew ranch sauce?
Freezing cashew ranch sauce is not recommended. Storing it an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days is recommended. Stir before each use.
Want more creamy dressings? Check out my vegan pesto sauce with avocado and no oil.
Or here's a list of vegan salad dressing recipes to bookmark.
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Cashew Ranch Dressing
- Soak cashews in water in a bowl overnight. These can be left at room temperature.1 cup Raw cashews, 2 cup Water
- Place soaked cashews in a high-speed food processor with ¾ cup of the soaking water and all other ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy. About 5-6 minutes with 30 second scrape down in between. See notes about consistency.1-2 tablespoons Vegan ranch seasoning, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, ½ tablespoon Lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Maple syrup
N.B., nutrition info is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. This will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
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