Vegan Ranch Dressing

Written by Barbara J. Mathison

Vegan Ranch Dressing/Dip

I’m always being asked what dressing do I like the best.  This is my favorite, and it’s loved by everyone I serve it to!

1 1/2 cup cashews or macadamia nuts (or combo)
3/4 to 1 cup filtered water for blending & soaking
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 Tbsp avocado (optional – this is a substitute for oil)
3 Tbsp  Agave / organic (or 3 soaked dates)
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dill
1/2 tsp sea salt or any Salt Substitute
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 cup finely minced parsley or 3 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 – 1 tsp dill, minced

1. Blend all ingredients except the last 2 until creamy and smooth.

2. Once blended, stir in the last 2 ingredients by hand

3. Dressing thickens in the fridge

4. Thin to desired consistency if using as a dressing – or toss onto greens or salad as is

Yield: 3 cups

For a creamier consistency, soak nuts for 1-2 hrs
Will last in the refrigerator for a week.

Author: Barbara J Mathison, CHC;
Source: Adapted from Carmella Soleil

Barbara J. MathisonBarbara J. Mathison changed her life and body when she became vegan at age 63, losing weight and gaining health. She now dedicates her life to her company, Nutritious Way, and spreading the word about the incredible benefits of the whole food plant-based lifestyle.

A certified health coach, president of the Vegetarian Society of Utah, and a Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee (, she also holds a certificate in nutrition fundamentals from the eCornell T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She hosts numerous programs and classes in southern Utah, speaks nationwide, and appears on Southern Utah Live’s New You TV program and website. Visit to learn more.
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Barbara J Mathison, CHC, is a Certified Food For Life Instructor with She is president of Nutritious Way "Teaching Whole Food Plant-Based Diet & Lifestyle." Barbara is a graduate of T Colin Campbell Foundation Plant-Based Nutrition, a Certified Health Coach by The Wellness Coaching Institute, a Certified Touch For Health Instructor, a Tai Chi Dragon Qigong Instructor, and a student of TrueNorth Health Center. She now dedicates her life to the Nutritious Way and spreading the word about the incredible benefits of changing to the whole food plant-based lifestyle.