Dairy-free Ranch Dressing {recipe}

Here in our home, we all tolerate milk products just fine, but I don’t always have ingredients on hand to make ranch dressing. So this dairy free option is a great way to substitute when you need to and even when you just want to vary the ingredients you use.

Plus it tastes great!

In fact, my husband was the only one that wasn’t gobbling it up.

But then again, veggies and dip really aren’t his snacking preference. (I’m still working on it…..)

I found the recipe for Cashew Ranch Dressing while going through the Making Babies book by Shoshanna Easling (giveaway going on now!) and made it the very next day.

dairy-free ranch dressing

This simple dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Dairy-free Ranch Dressing
  • ¾ cup cashews
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (she used both, just one was enough for me)
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill
Method of Preparation
  1. Pour the boiling water over the cashews and let sit for 2 hours. (you could alternatively just use cashews that you're soaking and dehydrating)
  2. Drain excess water.
  3. Add all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.


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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. Have you successfully soaked and dehydrated cashews? Soaking and dehydrating cashews doesn’t actually work for me. They get purple and weird looking. I found out there is no such thing as raw cashews. In order to get them out of the shell, they must be cooked – otherwise toxic liquid will be present, or something. Weird!

    donielle Reply:

    @sarah, Yup – no raw cashews! You’re nto supposed to soak them for more than 6 hours I think, but yes, I do soak and dehydrate them. That is when I can afford them! :-)


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