The best vegan buttermilk ranch dressing doesn't come in a bottle or a jar, it's made right in your kitchen with the freshest ingredients. Once you taste this homemade ranch dressing, you'll never want to eat any other kind.
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HOMEMADE VEGAN BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING
My husband (Alex's dad) loathes mayonnaise. The sight of it makes his face turn as white as the condiment itself.
Because of his disdain for mayo, we never had a bottle of creamy ranch dressing in our refrigerator. Ever.
Then we went vegan and everything changed.
We felt better, we looked better, we ate even better, and we made ranch dressing with cashews instead of eggs.
Yes, that's right, we actually had ranch in the house!
Now, I'm not saying that he eats it. He doesn't, because he has a serious phobia about "white gloppy food."
However, it doesn't make him want to run for the hills screaming, so there's that.
There's nothing gross about whipping up cashews with fresh herbs, and he gets that. So.......
We get to enjoy dipping veggies, smothering salads, or making our Twice Baked Ranch Potatoes in this ranch dressing without him looking at us with utter disgust.
I'd say that's progress, wouldn't you?
WHAT'S IN VEGAN RANCH DRESSING?
- RAW CASHEWS
- LEMON JUICE
- WHITE WINE VINEGAR
WHAT IS BUTTERMILK?
I know what you're wondering. How can you call it "buttermilk" dressing if there isn't any buttermilk in the ingredients?
Easy. Buttermilk is the liquid leftover after churning butter. It's basically a tangy fermented type of milk.
You can make your own buttermilk by adding acid, such as lemon, to milk and letting it sit for a while until it begins to curdle.
OR, you can add lemon to the ground cashews and water (which is essentially cashew milk).
Adding lemon to cashew milk gives the milk the same tanginess that you'd find in buttermilk.
HOW TO MAKE NO MAYO RANCH DRESSING
First things first, you need a good blender to break those cashews down into the creamiest dressing ever.
Linda is a fan of Blendtec. Click the photo below to learn more.
Soak the cashews in water overnight, or, boil them in water for 15 minutes, or until they're soft and puffy. This will ensure that they break down into a super creamy sauce.
Once they're soft and puffy, drain the water and rinse them.
Put the water, lemon, vinegar, cashews, garlic, and salt in the blender and blend on a high speed for about 1 minute.
Turn the blender off and scrape the sides, and the lid if there are whole pieces of cashew stuck on the lid.
Blend for another minute, or until the dressing is creamy and smooth.
You shouldn't be able to detect any solids in the dressing.
Pour the dressing into a bowl and stir in the herbs.
Taste it and add more salt if needed.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST EGG-FREE RANCH DRESSING
- Make sure that the cashews are really soft. This will ensure the creamiest dressing.
- Use the freshest herbs you can find.
- Add more water to thin it out if you don't like a thick dressing.
- Alter the garlic and/or salt to suite your taste
IS RANCH A DIP OR A SALAD DRESSING?
If you want to use it for a dip, add the water slowly until it's thick enough to cling to vegetables, chips, or whatever you're dipping into it.
For a salad dressing, add a little more water so it's thinner and will cover the vegetables in the salad without being too thick and gloppy.
HOW LONG DOES RANCH DRESSING WITH CASHEWS LAST?
You can store this in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Keep in mind that because this is made with cashews, it will thicken quite a bit as it sits. All you'll need to do is add a bit of water or even cashew milk to thin it out.
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Here are some of the other sauces you'll find in our cookbook:
- Big Mama's Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Have-It-Your-Way Chipotle BBQ Sauce
- Sweet Home Alabama White BBQ Sauce
- Horseradish Pesto
- Vegan Ailoi
- 10 Minute Homemade Chimichurri
- Smoky, Buttery Buffalo Sauce
- Avocado Lime Sauce
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The Best Vegan Ranch Buttermilk Dressing
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked or boiled (see note)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp water see note
- 1 clove garlic see note
- 1/2 tsp ground sea salt see note
- 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley finely chopped
- 3 tbsp chives finely chopped
- Drain and rinse the softened cashews and put them in a high-powered blender.
- Add the 2 tbsp lemon juice1 tbsp vinegar, 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp water (see note), garlic clove (see note), and salt (see note), and blend on a high speed for 1 minute. Scrape the sides and the lid if necessary, and blend for another minute, or until the dressing is smooth and silky. You shouldn't be able to detect any solids from the cashews.
- Pour into a bowl and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped parsley and 3 tbsp chopped chives and stir until well combined.
- Taste and adjust add more garlic and/or salt if desired.
- The Nutrition Facts are an estimate only.
- Soak the cashews in water overnight or boil them in water for 15 minutes. They should be soft and puffy so they break down into a creamy texture.
- Add more water if you prefer a thinner dressing.
- If you're making a dip, add the water slowly until you get the desired thickness.
- Taste and adjust the salt and garlic to suite your taste. If you are watching your sodium intake, add the salt slowly and taste.