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This is seriously the BEST homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing you will ever make!  This creamy nut-based dressing recipe is super easy, simple, oil free, and HEALTHY!  It’s perfect for getting in more salad if you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live or a Whole Food Plant Based diet. #veganranchdressing #ranchdressing #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased

The secret to eating salads more often is definitely in the dressing! This Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing is one of my favorites. Not only is it super creamy & delicious, but it only takes 5 minutes!

And if you trying to be whole food plant based you know the importance of limiting & avoiding oil, which is a processed food.

Nut based dressings help you absorb fat soluble vitamins

But we do need to consume healthy fats with our greens because it helps us to absorb more of the fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, K, & E.

So the secret is to make nut-based dressings so you get that creamy, savory flavor and also the healthy fats to help you absorb more of the micronutrients without having to add hundreds of calories with oil.

This cashew based vegan ranch dressing, is less than 100 calories for a 1/4 cup!!! If you read the back of a typical bottle of dressing at the store, it’s around 250 calories for only 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup).

So, nut based dressings are the way to go because you can use MORE dressing with a quarter of the calories. I mean, who actually uses only 2 tablespoons of dressing on a huge salad??? Um, no one…. I would guess most people use 2-3 times the amount so they are adding 500-750 extra calories to that healthy salad and wondering why they can’t lose weight.

Oh and this Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing comes with additional fiber & nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin A, and even protein. Oil based dressings do not.

Now, if you have a nut allergy, then you can sub white beans or cooked potato, however it’s not going to have the same creamy flavor as it will with nuts.

If you don’t have an allergy, I do recommend using the nuts because again it’s going to help you absorb more of the fat soluble vitamins in the greens, which is kind of the whole point in eating the salad in the first place! Dr. Fuhrman recommends one serving of nuts daily for this very reason AND studies have shown that people who eat nuts live years longer than non-nut eaters. I love being a little nutty!

Get good dried herbs for this Vegan Ranch Dressing

I recently bought fresh dried dill and realized I had been missing out on so much flavor!!! If you have old spices in your cabinet, like over a year old, it’s time to buy some new dried herbs. It really will make a difference in the flavor. Throw those dusty bottles away!

Not only do good dried herbs add lots of flavor, but they also have lots of antioxidants & micronutrients! So just think about the color, if your herbs are old & brown they have probably lost a lot of their nutrients over time. The new dried dill I bought was actually GREEN….LOL… and smells amazing.

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This is seriously the BEST homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing you will ever make!  This creamy nut-based dressing recipe is super easy, simple, oil free, and HEALTHY!  It’s perfect for getting in more salad if you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live or a Whole Food Plant Based diet. #veganranchdressing #ranchdressing #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased

A high speed blender can make a difference

I also recommend that you use a high powered blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec. Other blenders like a 1000 watt Ninja works pretty good, but it just won’t be a 100% creamy like a Vitamix or Blendtec. If you don’t have a high powered blender, you will want to soak your nuts in warm water for at least 15 minutes to soften them so they blend better.

Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews unsalted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
This is seriously the BEST homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing you will ever make! This creamy nut-based dressing recipe is super easy, simple, oil free, and HEALTHY! It’s perfect for getting in more salad if you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live or a Whole Food Plant Based diet. #veganranchdressing #ranchdressing #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased

5 Minute Dressing Recipe Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until creamy.(If you don’t have a high powered blender, you will want to soak your cashews in warm water for at least 15 minutes to soften them)

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This is seriously the BEST homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing you will ever make!  This creamy nut-based dressing recipe is super easy, simple, oil free, and HEALTHY!  It’s perfect for getting in more salad if you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live or a Whole Food Plant Based diet. #veganranchdressing #ranchdressing #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased

Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 8
Calories: 98kcal
Author: Kim Murphy

Equipment

  • High-powered blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews unsalted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until creamy.
    (If you don't have a high powered blender, you will want to soak your cashews in warm water for at least 15 minutes to soften them)

Notes

For nut free, you can sub white beans or cooked potato.
Dressing will thicken in the refrigerator.  If you would like it to be thinner, add more milk (1/4 cup-1/2 cup more)
For a tangier flavor, add more lemon juice 1/2 tablespoon-1 tablespoon more.
Keep in a airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 98kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
This is seriously the BEST homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing you will ever make! This creamy nut-based dressing recipe is super easy, simple, oil free, and HEALTHY! It’s perfect for getting in more salad if you are following Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live or a Whole Food Plant Based diet. #veganranchdressing #ranchdressing #wfpb #healthyveganrecipes #oilfree #glutenfree #plantbased

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