Recipe Directions

  • 1. Just throw everything in your high-speed blender and blend until smooth! Easy!

The Rawtarian's Thoughts

By The Rawtarian

Don't believe me that this could taste as good as old-school SAD (standard American diet) ranch? Just try it. I dare ya :)

Raw ranch dressing is another one of those things that I cannot believe it's possible to replicate raw. But, hallelujah, it is possible.

There is nothing like a nice fresh carrot dipped in raw ranch dressing, no?

And I have even had the pleasure of dipping my raw vegan pizza in raw ranch dressing. "Cue heavenly harp sound...."

So here's my favourite raw ranch dressing recipe for you... I use it basically like a normal salad dressing or dip. I usually make one batch and serve it as a vegetable dip, salad dressing and maybe even on a few more exciting things, like in a raw vegan BLT sandwich or dip raw pizza in it if I am feeling particularly daring.

Of course, you also know that the best vegetables to dip in raw ranch dressing are carrots and broccolli, right?

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Nutrition Facts

Nutritional score: 74 out of 100
  • This recipe is very low in Calories, and Carbohydrates.
  • This recipe is low in Sodium.
  • This recipe is a noteworthy source of Protein, Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.

Amounts per 76 g (3 oz) suggested serving

NameAmount% Daily
Calories 228 9 %
Protein 4 g 7 %
Fat 18 g 23 %
Carbohydrates 14 g 4 %
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g 3 %
Sugars 7 g
Calcium 17 mg 2 %
Iron 1.6 mg 12 %
Sodium 296 mg 13 %
Source: The Rawtarian, USDA

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Are you suppose to soak the cashews, or just throw in dry?

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I love this recipe too!! I've made it about 5 times now! My husband and I grew up on ranch dressing. We smeared it on everything! Now that we are dairy and gluten free we were missing it and didn't even know it. Tonight I made it to put on kale that I'll be dehydrating. I'm curious to see how it turns out. Thanks so much!

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Dry, Ashley :)

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Jungark's Review

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We love it. The first time it came out better and I think it was because I squeezed the honey in without measuring. This time I measured and it came out too sweet for me. I think next time I will make without honey and try it while adding a little at a time. This is an amazing recipe. Our family can have ranch again. We are not raw but have a lot of food sensitivities. Tonight we are going to a dinner and I am taking this to put on our taco salad!

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This will be delicious on your taco salad!!

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How do you get a smooth texture without a high speed blender? I just have a mediocre food processor for now. Is there an order for best blending? Should I soak the nuts?

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Three thoughts, Hungry Sarah:

1. If your blender is crappy, then yes, soak your cashews in warm water for at least 45 minutes. Then drain. Then rinse clean with more water. Then pat dry with a clean tea towel and make the recipe immediately. (This softens and makes the cashews easier to blend but avoids having too much extra water in the recipe.)

2. The order for easier blending: put the wettest ingredients in first (water, lemon juice etc), and the dry ingredients (nuts etc) last.

3. Get a blender! Doesn't have to be a good one though.

Generally, blender is for wet stuff (sauces and puddings etc) and a food processor is for dryier stuff, like pie crusts, parmesan style sprinkle, etc

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Isa's Review

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I don't like "normal" ranch, but I was looking for a dipping sauce for veggies. Well I said I will give this one a try. OMG, this is so good!!

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So glad you like, Isa! What did you dip? My faves (with this recipe) are carrots and broccoli

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I liked carrots with it but I preferred bell peppers! I had a rainbow of peppers and It was just very delicious. This dip will be a good way for me to eat more veggies, but It will be hard not to eat too much dip haha!

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Ooh nice - those flavors would go very nicely, I bet.

Yes, not over dipping is the challenge with this one ;) I am very familiar with that challenge lol

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Brian8383's Review

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I am new to cooking and the plant based lifestyle, but I am really loving the changes in my health and overall well being. Question- can you explain the dill herb a little for me?
1) Fresh dill,
2) dry dill weed, or
3) dried dill seed?

Your site is awesome, thank you :)

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Hi Brian!

Excellent question - I edited the recipe to make it a little clearer.

I call for 1 teaspoon dry dill weed (dill spice) in this recipe. (Optionally, if you have fresh dill weed you can use that instead if you prefer. Because dried spices have more flavor, if using fresh dill weed you can use up to 2 teaspoons in this recipe.)

(I rarely have fresh dill weed in my life, so I usually use dry dill weed myself.)

Hope this answers your question!

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OMG!!! This is amazing i didnt have any dill on hand but i did have some dill essential oil and used one drop!!! This is the best dressing ever!! My 12 yr old daughter who dose not eat raw diet poured some into a small dish and used it to dip carrots in... She was telling her friend how good it was!!

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Awesome Naomi!! So glad your 12yo enjoyed it :)

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I'm not sure if I made this right. I followed the recipe exactly as given but the apple cider vinegar taste is very overwhelming. Can you give any tips to make it taste less like vinegar?

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Add less vinegar ;)

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Well since I already spent about $6 on this batch I was more looking for a way to balance out the batch I already made. (Maybe adding coconut milk or more cashews?)
You should warn people about the apple cider vinegar.
I thought that was a lot but since I only saw positive reviews I followed it anyway.

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Hey! Sorry - that makes sense. I think it depends on how you like your ranch - some people like it zingy, like I do.

To balance it out after the fact, more cashews or maybe a bit more sweetness. Or probably both!

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Julee's Review

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This is an amazing dressing! I put in on my sandwich for dinner and think I rolled my eyes in delight about five times..

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Eye-rolling in delight is a very cute vision, Julee! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe! Cashews are magic.

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rayngelz's Review

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love! I used it for a salad dressing and it was so yummy

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So glad you enjoyed the ranch dressing, Rayngelz! What did you eat it with? Veggies and dip?

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Christina12345's Review

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I never write reviews for recipes I use, but for this one I had to. There are four people in my house who tasted this: two who love ranch, and two who hate ranch (not one of us vegan, but my two year old son, who loves ranch, but is allergic to something in it, needed an alternative). We all agreed on two things. 1) this taste nothing like ranch dressing we buy at the store. Sorry, I don't know what all the reviews are talking about. 2) this taste better than any ranch dressing we have ever purchased at a store! We will be making this from now on. Thank you for posting this! (The only thing we didn't do was add sweetener)

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Haha, you had my defences up there, Christina! I'm really glad this was a success in your kitchen.

Re: your ranch-loving son, necessity is the mother of invention sometimes. Sometimes allergies and illness get us thinking outside the box :)

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JennyD1177's Review

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Seriously. I am honestly shocked this tastes JUST LIKE REGULAR RANCH!!! I am in all my glory as I'm dipping my carrots in this. GREAT alternative to ranch with dairy. I will be sharing this recipe!! Thanks so much!!!! PS: I'm lunching on your "chicken salad" recipe today too, YUM!!

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You've been busy, Jenny! Hahah - yes, the ranch is ridiculous. Ridiculously good that is ;)

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deborahl's Review

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Made this recipe just as written, amazing flavor .The creamy texture allow this to be a wonderful dip as well as a dressing. What I like the most about this recipe is that it allows one to change the seasonings and allow for you taste bud to be surprised. Thank you.

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