Cashew Ranch Dressing is oil-free, creamy, and easy to make in minutes with only a few basic ingredients. It's delicious on salads, tacos, and as a dip. This recipe is naturally vegan and gluten-free.
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Who invented ranch dressing?
I've always been a fan of ranch dressing.
I always thought it was folklore that it originated from "Hidden Valley Ranch," but it's actually true.
While working as a contract plumber in Alaska, Steve Henson started cooking for his coworkers and perfecting his buttermilk dressing recipe. Five years later he moved to California with his wife Gayle and bought a ranch. His famous buttermilk dressing soon became a staple at the dinner table of Hidden Valley Ranch and before long the Hensons started selling it to guests and local supermarkets. Over two decades later in 1972, the couple sold their name and recipe to Clorox for $8 million. Not bad for a little buttermilk, mayo, and herbs.-- Thrillist 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ranch Dressing
And Americans have been loving ranch dressing ever since!
Do vegans eat ranch?
Yes, they do!
It's a key ingredient in my favorite Buffalo Chickpea Salad.
I also love vegan ranch dressing on Soyrizo Potato Tacos.
And it's delicious drizzled on Pumpkin Chili.
While it's easy to find vegan versions in supermarkets these days, did you know it's incredibly simple to make it at home with healthful whole food ingredients?
Plus homemade cashew ranch dressing tastes amazing and can be included in a plant-based Mediterranean diet.
What is vegan ranch made of?
When I first started experimenting with making my own vegan ranch dressing, I found a formula online.
It called for vegan mayonnaise, soy milk, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, and onion powder.
And while it tasted good, I was confident I could come up with a recipe made with whole-food plant-based ingredients.
As it turns out, all you need to make Cashew Ranch Dressing are the following:
- Raw cashews
- Dried herbs and spices
- A blender
And you can customize this recipe to suit your tastes.
If you prefer a more tangy dressing, you can add extra lemon juice or some apple cider vinegar.
Do you like dill?
Add some in!
Like your ranch spicy?
Try some ground chipotle.
The possibilities are endless!
Besides serving Cashew Ranch Dressing on salads, it also makes a great dip for fresh vegetables.
I often eat it with carrots, celery, radishes, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes as a snack.
It also makes a delicious sandwich spread.
Since it thickens up a little in the refrigerator, if you want a thinner sauce, you can add a little bit of water.
I like to store it in a glass bottle.
It will stay fresh close to a week, but I usually eat it all well before then!
What dressings are vegan?
When buying store-bought dressings, it's always a good idea to check the ingredients on the label.
Sometimes you'll find surprising things listed that come from dairy, eggs, or even fish.
But fortunately it's easy to make your own versions of popular salad dressings at home.
These are some of my favorites:
Cashew Ranch Dressing Recipe
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Cashew Ranch Dressing (Vegan)
- In a high-speed blender, combine the cashews, water, lemon juice, garlic powder, and onion powder. Process until very smooth.
- Stir in the dried parsley, dried chives, and salt and pepper, to taste.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
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