This Jalapeño Ranch Dressing is vegan, plant-based, and oil free. It’s made with cashews and creamy delicious! You can drizzle this dressing on salad, potatoes, or my awesome vegan chili. Use it as a dip for vegetables, chips or pizza. (This post may contain affiliate links. Clicking on these links may earn Veggie Fun Kitchen compensation at no additional cost to you.)
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!
Start with raw cashews and soak in water for about 20 minutes. If 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 and then 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.
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 10pm just because I’m 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 run more to the mild side, I use the tamed jalapeños instead. Feel free to use full strength if you prefer.
I definitely use and love my Vitamix High Speed Blender! I’ve had it for years and it just keeps going. (Clicking on and purchasing through this affiliate link may provide Veggie Fun Kitchen with affiliate income.)
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.
Use this on salads, over Mexican food, pizza, or my fabulous plant-based chili!
Honestly – I would just double this if I were you. It’s that good!
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.
- 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
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.
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.