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Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Sauce

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This oil-free vegan ranch sauce is made with cashews. It is vegan and a healthy whole-food plant-based. Serve as a salad dressing, use as a dip with vegetables or pizza, or as a baked potato topping. Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing pouring on green salad on a green plate.

One of the food items that I missed when I started eating vegan, was the creamy tangy flavor of ranch dressing. Luckily I learned I could easily make my own at home! This one is oil-free and uses only whole food items and so it also qualifies as plant-based as well. Now if only restaurants would start offering something like this oil-free vegan ranch…because it would just be weird to carry your own…right? (Which I may or may not have done -shhhh!)

For a spicier version, try my Jalapeño Ranch Dressing! It’s also vegan and oil-free!

cashews soaking in measuring cup
Discard the cloudy water after the cashews have soaked.

Tips and Tricks for Making this Vegan Ranch Dressing

  • Soak the raw cashews for about 30 minutes. If your cashews are roasted, then you will need to soak for 2 hours. Drain the cashews and throw out the cloudy water!
  • Add to a blender along with non-sweetened plant milk of your choice. Add in all other ingredients. The vinegar and lemon juice give the oil-free vegan ranch that tangy flavor you expect from a ranch sauce. If you are using a whole garlic clove then don’t stress on chopping your garlic as it will be blended in the high-speed blender. I just use an already minced jarred garlic. It’s fine…
  • I use a high-speed blender for this recipe (because that’s what I have and that’s what I use!) As long as your cashews are raw and soaked, a regular blender will do fine. Just test it after a couple of minutes and make sure your sauce is creamy and smooth.

Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing

But honestly, I LOVE my Vitamix!

  • Blend together for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Store the oil-free vegan ranch sauce airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. If you serve this cashew ranch dressing to others, you must disclose that this oil-free vegan ranch sauce contains nuts!

Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing pouring over salad with text overlay

For some other great oil-free dressing/sauce ideas try my:

I hope you enjoy the recipe, but please don’t say goodbye!

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Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing

Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Sauce

This oil-free vegan ranch sauce is plant-based and uses cashews to make it thick and creamy.  It can be used as a dressing or as a dip.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan dressing, vegan ranch
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cashew Soaking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 58kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • 3/4 cup cashews raw, soaked
  • 3/4 cup plant milk unsweetened
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dill weed


  • Soak the raw cashews for 30 minutes. Drain and throw out the water.
  • Add all ingredients except dill to a high speed blender.
  • Blend for 2-3 minutes or until creamy and smooth.  
  • Add dill at the end and then stir or blend on low speed just until incorporated. 
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Will thicken upon standing 


You must disclose that this ranch sauce contains nuts if you serve to others. Nuts normally aren't found in ranch sauce.  If you send this to school with your child as a dipping sauce, you must inform them  of the dangers of sharing their food and forbid it.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 63mg | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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By on August 14th, 2018

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