After posting my Low-Fat Creamy Italian Dressing recipe, several of you have asked for a nut-free, vegan salad dressing recipe.
Most vegan salad dressings are made from cashews (a very healthy and slimming option unless you’re allergic to nuts). If you look for a tree-nut-free salad dressing on the internet, you’ll come across those made with silken tofu, a lot of oil, hemp seed, or Vegenaise.
I didn’t want to use Vegenaise because I didn’t want the vinegar or the heavy load of oil. Hemp isn’t my favorite, so I avoided that option. I lean toward a whole-food diet, so I wanted to avoid a dressing with lots of oil. And I’ve tried a few recipes made from tofu and they’re pretty good, but I was thinking a soy-free dressing may come in handy for those who have a soy allergy.
Nut-free, Soy-free Vegan Ranch Dressing
So here it is – a nut-free, soy-free (low-oil, hemp-free) vegan ranch dressing. This healthy salad dressing is also free of high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and monosodium glutamate (ingredients found in store-bought dressing).
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Yield 2 1/2 cups
A super-healthy, nut-free, soy-free, vegan ranch dressing.
- 2/3 cups raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I like almond milk, but if you want this to be nut-free, use another non-dairy milk.)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon raw sugar (such as turbinado sugar)
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- Place all ingredients except parsley, dill, chives, and dried minced onion in blender. Blend until very smooth and creamy.
- Scrape down sides of blender, replace lid, and blend again. A heavy-duty blender works best to get the sunflower seeds smooth and creamy. Other blenders tend to leave a little bit of graininess in the dressing.
- Add remaining ingredients and pulse just until mixed.
- Chill before serving. (This will thicken slightly in the frig.) Keeps in the frig for about 5 days.
This healthy, vegan ranch dressing is an excellent source of vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, and folate and makes a fabulous dip for veggies or a super dressing for a green salad or a great substitute for regular, fattening ranch dressing to use with anything you normally eat with ranch.
More Healthy Salad Dressing Recipes
Check out my other healthy salad dressing recipes.