Creamy, rich, and delicious, this healthy Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing is everything you could ever want in a Southwestern dressing. Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no highly processed ingredients.
- 1/3 cup (raw) cashews
- 1 Tablespoon water
- 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons organic maple syrup (+/-)
- 1 teaspoon white miso *
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened plain plant yogurt
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried ground mustard powder
- 1/8 teaspoon chipotle powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
- Pinch dill weed
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- Place the cashews into a small bowl, cover with boiling water and soak for 18 minutes, or place the cashews into a small stockpot and boil for 10 minutes, drain off the water, then place them into a high-speed blender.
- In the meantime, place all the remaining Base Ingredients into a high-speed blender, add the soaked cashews, blend until emulsified and smooth.
- Add the dill weed and dried parsley, pulse twice at a low speed, just to mix in, do not blend. Taste test and add adjust seasonings accordingly. Serve over your favorite salad greens.
*Tips for Success:
- As with most cashew-based dressings, this dressing will thicken up as it sits. To thin it out, add a small amount of water and a small amount of distilled white vinegar, whisk well until the dressing is thinned. You may or may not need to ramp up other seasonings.
- Taste test the dressing by dipping some lettuce into the dressing, shake it off (so it is not overly saturated with dressing) to get the real flavor components to see if it needs more seasonings, vinegar, etc.
*Miso: We used Miso Master Organic Mellow White Premium Lite Miso, Certified Gluten Free. Miso really lends itself to balancing flavors when you don’t use oil. You can also use chickpea miso for a soy free version.
*Cashew Substitutes: We have not tried any substitutions with this dressing; however, you can try silken tofu, other seed or nut butters, or white beans. Keep in mind depending on your choice of substitute, the flavors will change and you may need adjust seasonings accordingly.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: Makes approximately 2/3 cup of dressing.
*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 5 days.