It’s finally starting to warm up here on the East Coast, and I’ve found myself craving salads. Yes, I do crave salads. I love crisp and crunchy romaine lettuce combined with bright purple cabbage and juicy grape tomatoes. I love to throw in beans, cooked grains, and sometimes even leftover cooked veggies to give my salads some oomph and to keep me full throughout the afternoon.
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Salad ingredients are important, sure, but a really good dressing is key. Vegan ranch dressing is one of favorites. Since it’s pairs well with spicy foods, I like to drizzle it over my salad when I’m including sriracha baked tofu or peppery roasted chickpeas, but really, it tastes good with just about any kind of salad ingredients, hot or not.
I’ve actually posted this vegan ranch dressing here on my blog before, but I’ve always included it as an add-on to another recipe. As I’ve recently had requests from health coaching clients as well as blog readers for a good ranch dressing, I wanted to highlight it in its own post.
So Many Uses!
Of course, I like to use this Vegan Ranch Dressing on my salads, but pairs nicely with so many other foods as well! I like to use it in the place of mayo on sandwiches and wraps, and I’ve been known to add a little splash of it to tacos, too.
It’s a perfect dipping sauce for buffalo cauliflower, or even just for carrots and celery sticks. If you want to use it as dip, you may want to make it a little thicker, so use less liquid and add more a tablespoon at a time until it reaches the constancy you want.
This dressing freezes well. Make a double batch so that you have some on hand when a craving strikes! It may thicken after freezing. If it does, just mix in a little water or non-dairy milk until it reaches the consistency you want.
Vegan Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (more if needed)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives or dill
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all of the ingredients together the dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor. If it’s too thick, add a little more non-dairy milk, on teaspoon at a time.
Other dressings you might enjoy include: