Creamy (Creamless) Ranch Dressing

Raw cashews are the perfect non-dairy substitute for cream or mayonnaise in lots of recipes. Soaking them in water then whipping in a blender creates a smooth, creamy texture (more or less water will make a thinner or thicker cream). I love using this recipe hack for creamy salad dressings because you’re getting the added nutrient benefits from the cashews. Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine.

Creamy (creamless) Ranch Dressing


1 cup raw cashews

3/4 cup water, extra as needed

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Process cashews in blender on low speed until consistency of fine gravel, 10-15 seconds. Add water, vinegar, salt, onion powder, sugar, garlic powder and process on low speed until combined, about 5 seconds. Let mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Process mixture on low speed until all ingredients are blended then increase speed to high until dressing is creamy, about 3 minutes. Scarp down sides of blender as needed.
  3. Transfer to glass bowl or jar and refrigerate until cold. Add the chives, dill and pepper. Thin with additional water if needed. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, 2018.

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