Raw, Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

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One more recipe that might come in handy this holiday weekend if  you want to stick with your raw food or vegan diet, ranch dressing.

Ranch is America’s favorite dressing and a picnic classic!  This raw food recipe for ranch has fooled even the biggest Hidden Valley Ranch fans.  Serve this without mentioning that it is a dairy-free dressing and see if anyone notices!  Enjoy.

Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup cashews soaked 2 to 4 hours, drained and rinsed
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh almond milk (to desired consistency)
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives

Start by adding the cashews, lemon, and almond milk, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder to the Vita-Mix.  Blend until creamy.  Taste and adjust seasonings keeping in mind that you will add the dried parsley and chives by hand once the dressing is out of the blender.  Once you have it seasoned to your liking, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl then add the chives and parsley.

Cheater Version:
To save time, you can omit the cashews, lemon juice, salt and garlic and use 3 to 5 tablespoons of nut cheese.  The Garlic Cheese and Pine Nut Ricotta both work well for this cheater version of the Ranch Dressing.


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  • Irvina Anthony

    I am quite eager to try this recipe!!! Thanks for sharing 😉

  • Joy

    You are welcome. Get creative with the spices. I like a spicy ranch for dipping sweet peppers and I add organic mustard and use it as the sauce for my mock-potato salad.

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  • Made this for Ranch Kale chips but can’t stop dipping veggies in it! 🙂

  • Joy

    Somer, I hear you sista! If you want a fun salad option without leafy greens try a chopped salad of zucchini, red pepper, an little jicama, then add some sprouted rice or sea grass seeds, fresh cilantro leaves and corn cut from the cobb. YUM!
    If you can get all the way through to enjoying this dressing as the sauce for the kale chips, you will love it!

  • Kris

    So this recipe can actually be used for the kale chips? And if so, how many bunches of Kale will it cover? also, what is the difference between Himalayan sea salt and regular sea salt? thank you in advance for your time, as well as sharing all these wonderful recipes! 🙂

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  • Coleen Griffin

    I kept tasting a kale leaf here and there as they were drying and to be honest, I wasn’t hopeful. Just tasted like the dressing on a piece of kale. But then they finally dried all the way into their new gloriously crispy form and BAM, all the sudden it tasted exactly like sour cream and onion. Oh how I’ve missed sour cream and onion chips…I haven’t had any since going vegan and completely gave up hope after going raw. This is without a doubt my new favorite kale chip recipe. Thanks so much for suggesting this 🙂

  • Himalayan sea salt has a better mineral content in my opinion- but use what you have on hand. I use one batch of this dressing for two large bunches of kale. BUT… my friends who are weaning themselves off cool ranch doritos, use one batch dressing to one batch kale. My fat from the cashews that way, but they are on the right path. ;o)

  • Collen, you are right! The flavor is mild before dehydration because the removal of moisture from the finished product concentrates the flavor. What tastes mild going in the dehydrator is intensified by completion. Keep that in mind when you play around with recipes to save yourself from over-flavoring (often times people add WAY too much salt) your dehydrated snacks & treats.

  • Kris

    Thank you Joy! I made them and although they were a little lemony tasting, they were
    absolutely delicious! My non-vegan husband couldn’t stop eating them as
    well! Next time I will only use 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice! 😉

  • LittleMissScooter

    Looks delicious!

  • Elise

    Oh my gosh, thank you for this! I’m starting on Raw Food tomorrow and was really nervous that I wouldn’t like my salads as I’m trying to avoid too many oils and vinegars. This is AMAZING!

  • Alexandra Berrebi

    Is it mandatory to soak the cashews?

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