How to Make Vegan Ranch Dressing

Easy and No Cholesterol

  • Dairy Free
  • Vegan
How to Make Vegan Ranch Dressing
  • 25 min
  • Serves 10
  • Easy


Craving a cream sauce without the cholesterol? The secret to making a vegan ranch sauce that’s rich and creamy is nuts! This cashew cream sauce is one of the most versatile and nutritious condiments you can whip up with just a few ingredients. It’s the perfect kid-friendly dip for any snack or veggie tray. It can also add richness to warm dishes like pasta or casserole. And cashew ranch dressing is the perfect way to dress a crisp, green salad!

This vegan ranch dressing has become a go-to for our family for adding flavor to dinners or for feeding a crowd! The blend of flavors in this sauce is so refreshing! The lemon gives it a perfect amount of acidity. The fresh dill makes it taste super crisp and clean. And, of course, garlic is great in nearly anything!

How to Choose and Store Raw Cashews

You’ll need raw cashews for this recipe. Your best bet is to head to the bulk section of your local grocery or health food store. Make sure the cashews don’t look dried-up and shriveled. This is a tell-tale sign that they aren’t very fresh. You can also purchase pre-packaged raw cashews. Look for resealable packs with minimum air and moisture inside.

The fat in cashews is super healthy for you. It’s also what helps them stay fresh longer! Just store them in an airtight container in a dry place like your pantry for longer shelf life.

You can also store cashews in the fridge for six months or in the freezer for up to a year.

What Makes Homemade Ranch Dipping Sauce So Wonderful

Is cashew ranch gluten free? Absolutely! Does this ranch have dairy? Nope! But this is not all the benefits. My top one is that this homemade ranch dip tastes creamy and sweet but is so healthy! Cashews have lots of heart-healthy fats and antioxidants. They also contain copper and iron, essential for healthy blood function! The magnesium in cashews is great for muscle health and can even help boost your mood!

The dill in this dip is also awesome for your body! This refreshing herb is packed with micronutrients. A good source of vitamins A and C, plus folate, the dill makes this sauce tastier and even more nutritious!

This Sauce is So Versatile!

This sauce makes a refreshing dairy-free dip or spread when served chilled. Warming it will make it the perfect, rich texture for a hot dish. It’s amazingly fresh but also tastes great after the flavors have had time to mingle in the fridge for a few hours.

Like I said, I love this sauce on nearly anything! From French fries to pretzels, it’s the perfect dipping sauce! The cool creaminess makes it a great vegan ranch dressing for salads and veggies. This sauce makes a yummy, non-dairy spread on a sandwich or veggie burger. Or, it’s a great alternative to alfredo on your favorite pasta! The possibilities are endless! One of my favorites is using it as a dip for my Oven Baked Potato Wedges!

Can You Make Cashew Ranch Sauce Without Soaking?

Soaking cashews soften them so they can be whipped into a smooth, creamy texture. But, did you forget to soak your cashews overnight? No worries, I’ve got a shortcut for you!

Cover your cashews with water in a pot and bring them to a boil. When they start boiling, remove them from the heat and let them sit for about 20 minutes. Drain them and allow to cool. You’ll have perfectly plump cashews, ready for making into the sauce.

Can You Freeze Cashew Cream Sauce?

Find a great deal on cashews? Want to have cashew sauce on hand for when cravings hit? Don’t be afraid to make a big batch and freeze it!

This vegan ranch dipping sauce freezes well and will keep in the freezer for up to six months. Freezing in smaller portions might be helpful for thawing just the right amount. You may need to run it through the food processor again after thawing to bring back that creamy texture.


    Adjust Servings:
    1 cup Raw cashews
    ½ cup Water
    2 tbsp Lemon juice
    1 tsp Salt
    1 tsp Garlic powder
    2 sprigs Fresh dill

    How to make. Steps


    Soak the raw cashews overnight in filtered water.


    Drain cashews and add to the food processor or blender with water, lemon juice, salt, and garlic powder.


    Blend until smooth (two or three minutes). Put the sauce into a bowl or in the jar.


    Chop the dill finely, stir into sauce and mix well. Do not blend the dill or it will end up very green.


    Serve chilled or store for other uses.

    Recipe Notes

    Nutritional information is approximate and calculated per serving (2 tablespoons).

    The ways to use this sauce are endless! What ways have you used this sauce that we haven’t thought of yet? Let us know what you come up with!

    Feel free to make additions to customize this dip. Add your favorite barbeque sauce for a yummy barbeque ranch dressing. Stir in some fresh jalapenos for a spicy dip option. We’d love to hear the flavor variations you come up with!

    Homemade vegan ranch dressing cashew ranch dipping sauce


    Nutritional information

    54 kkal
    3 g
    2 g
    4 g

    Ann Green

    I’m Ann and I enjoy creating plant based recipes for people who love to eat and want to feel good about it! I live in Thailand and travel around the world in search of inspiration for my recipes. All of them are healthy, simple and kids approved. Pick out a recipe and let's get cooking! Read more

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