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Jalapeño Ranch Dressing – Vegan and Oil Free

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This vegan Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is whole-food plant-based,  and oil-free. It’s made with cashews and creamy delicious!  Because it’s vegan, you can be sure it’s dairy-free and egg-free as well! Drizzle this dressing on a salad,  potatoes, or my awesome vegan chili. Use it as a dip for vegetables, chips, or pizza.Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free in a jar

What if I told you that you didn’t have to give up the creamy texture of dairy and oil-based salad dressings and dips just because you are eating plant-based? This creamy jalapeño ranch was created from my Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Sauce when I was looking for a spicier version to top my plant-based chili. This version uses the same basic ingredients such as soaked cashews, unsweetened plant milk, and vinegar; but changes it up with a switch to lime juice, a few different seasonings…and the star of the show: Jalapeños!

How to make Vegan Jalapeno Ranch Dressing:

Start with raw cashews and soak in water for about 20 minutes. raw cashews soaking in waterIf you happen to only have roasted cashews on hand, then you will need to soak for 2-3 hours to get the rich creaminess that this jalapeño ranch dressing deserves. Make sure to use unsalted nuts or your dressing will be way too salty. If salted nuts are all you have, then rinse well.

The Radiant Life Blog has a great article all about soaking and using nuts. Make sure to drain and dump the water before putting the soaked cashews into your blender.

Simply throw in the rest of your ingredients, along with the cashews into your blender –  except for the dried cilantro. You’ll be adding that at the end. If you add it earlier and blend with a high-speed blender, it will turn your dressing greenish…which is fine if that’s what you like! I do like creamy white though.

Jalapenos!

And now for the star of the show: Jalapeños! And here is my little secret…I keep a jar of pickled jalapeños handy in my fridge. No running out at 10 pm just because I have a craving for a little something to spice up my palate! And here is another little secret of mine: because my family’s taste runs more to the mild side, I use the tamed jalapeños instead. Feel free to use full strength if you prefer.Jarred jalapenos on a red plate and in the bottle

I definitely use and love my Vitamix High-Speed Blender!  (Affiliate Link) I’ve had it for years and it just keeps going.

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free in vitamix blender

Just throw everything in (except for the dried cilantro), and blend on high speed for about 2-3 minutes. When creamy and smooth, add the cilantro and blend slowly to mix it.

This dressing works great for meal prep too when you’d like a little extra zip. These little 2 ounce containers are the perfect size. I use them for various dressings and sauces almost every day.

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Use this on salads, over Mexican food, pizza, or my fabulous plant-based chili!Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free

Drizzle on top of buddha bowls, veggie sautés or sheet pan meals like my Easy Sheet Pan Meal with veggies and chickpeas!

butternut squash and cauliflower roasted and in white bowl with jalapeno ranch squeezed on top

Honestly – I would just double this if I were you. It’s that good!

And now for the recipe:

Did you make this recipe? Want to share the love? It would thrill me if you could leave a comment and stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ! Plus, when you leave a great rating it helps other people who are searching for this type of recipe more easily find it. Thanks so much! Cindy 💜

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free

Jalapeno Ranch Dressing - Vegan and Oil-Free

This Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is made with cashews for a creamy smooth texture.  It is vegan, plant-based, and oil-free.  
4.89 from 9 votes
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Course: Salad, Sauce, Topping
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Soak Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup cashews raw
  • 3/4 cup plant milk unsweetened
  • 10 slices jalapeno pickled (I use mild)
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro dried

Instructions

  • Soak the raw cashews for about 30 minutes.  Drain and discard water.
  • Add all ingredients (except for dried cilantro) along with the soaked cashews to a high speed blender.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes or until creamy and smooth 
  • Add cilantro and slowly blend,  until just  incorporated.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.  Will thicken upon standing. 

Notes

You MUST disclose that this recipe includes tree nuts if you serve to others.  One wouldn't normally expect to find nuts in a ranch-type of dressing. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoon | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 261mg | Potassium: 287mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Vitamin C: 107.7mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.9mg
By on October 21st, 2018

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12 thoughts on “Jalapeño Ranch Dressing – Vegan and Oil Free”

  1. 5 stars
    I adore ranch dressing and jalapenos are my thing, as is spicy food, so this is truly the best of both worlds. Can’t wait to try this and liven up my boring salads for work.

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  2. 5 stars
    A ranch dressing with nuts, now that’s innovative. It certainly looks so creamy and tempting. A bit of sweetness from the nuts and the slight hot factor from the jalapeño, just perfect as a salad dressing.

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    • I don’t see why not. The flavor will be a little different. Apple cider vinegar is made from apples and even though it has a sharp vinegar taste, there is also an underlying sweet taste. I think this would be fine with the recipe. It might also add the tiniest bit of color – but I don’t think with the amount used it will even be noticeable.

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  3. 5 stars
    I made this for the first time four days ago and I’m already out because I put this on EVERYTHING. And I didn’t even like ranch dressing before going vegan. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Thank you so much for letting me know! I really appreciate hearing how my readers enjoy things. Coming soon is my garlic cashew cream. That’s a winner too:) Look for it.

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  4. 4 stars
    It’s very good. I don’t know if I would call it ranch, but it’s tasty. Maybe less lime next time, but it is refreshing on chili.

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  5. 5 stars
    This is the best creamy oil free dressing recipe I have made thus far in my vegan journey (which for full disclosure is only 4-months). That said, I have been making homemade dressings for a LONG time and this is definitely in the top 3. And this is only my second recipe review ever – it’s that good.

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