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Homemade Ranch Dressing – Dairy Free

homemade ranch dressing

This homemade ranch dressing is the perfect accompaniment for your next veggie tray or Cauliflower Buffalo Wings. Not only is it dairy free, it is very easy to make.

I love when I can make easy dressing recipes at home. The store bought ones always tend to have unpronounceable ingredients in them. As a general rule, I try not to buy anything that has ingredients I’ve either never heard of, or cannot pronounce. It’s usually a good indication of highly processed, or highly chemical type ingredients. I’m sure there are exceptions, but as I said, it’s a general rule of mine that I try to follow most of the time.

This homemade ranch dressing uses only a few simple ingredients, and a simple method. First soak your cashews in boiling water for only 15 minutes. Then, toss everything into your high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and give it a whirl. Process until smooth and creamy, then use as a dip for your favourite recipes. I like to refrigerate mine for at least an hour before using. I do prefer the flavour of this dip chilled, however, you may also use warm if preferred. This dip is a great make ahead option as it may be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Want more dip ideas?

I’ve got plenty! Try my 3 Minute Easy Guacamole (YES it seriously takes 3 minutes!!), o my Beautiful Beet Hummus. Or try this AMAZING and easy to make Dairy Free Sour Cream (Cashew Cream) or my deliciously smoky Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.

homemade ranch dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing - Dairy Free

Course: Dip
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
For an easy to make homemade ranch dressing, look no further than this delicious and simple recipe using only wholesome ingredients.
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  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lime


  • Place your cashews in a small heat proof bowl or pot and cover with boiling hot water. Soak for 15 minutes. Then drain and add to your blender.
  • Add remaining ingredients to your blender and process on high until cashews are completely pureed.
  • Store in a glass lidded container in your refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.


Leftover ranch dressing can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 53mg | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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