A super healthy, high-protein, dairy-free spin on Ranch dressing that’s tangy, herby and totally delicious!
Do you love Ranch Dressing? To be honest, Ranch was never a dressing I leaned towards, mostly because of the ingredients it’s made of: Buttermilk, skim milk, egg yolks, sugar, sour cream…it all gave me a big stomach ache! That was until I created my own Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe! This salad dressing is a super healthy spin on traditional Ranch Dressing that’s dairy-free, sugar-free and High in protein!
Served as a Dip – the perfect Snack!
I’ve been making this dressing recipe for years and finally decided to give it proper recognition with it’s own blog post. When cooking for personal chef clients, I’ll typically serve this as a dip with flaxseed crackers or sliced vegetables such as thinly sliced carrots, cucumber, jicima or sugar snap peas! It’s rich and satisfying, making it the perfect mid-day snack. And the most obvious way to serve it is as a salad dressing. Drizzle it over some crisp, watery romaine lettuce, crunchy cucumbers and sweet cherry tomatoes for a delicious and healthy salad!
Hemp Seeds at the base
Hemp seeds make the base of this dressing giving it a higher protein nutritional profile than your average Ranch. If you aren’t familiar with hemp seeds, they’re the seeds of the hemp plant. Although cannabis comes from the same plant, don’t worry…hemp seeds wont get you high! They’re safe to eat and incredibly healthy for you too. I especially like hemp seeds and hemp seed protein powder for strict vegans because hemp seeds are high in protein and amino acids, containing all 20!! Hemp seeds are also beneficial for brain health, heart health and in balancing hormones too.
How to use hemp seeds
I add hemp seeds to smoothies, granola and sprinkle them over salads. They’re subtly nutty in flavor and when blended these little seeds get extremely soft and creamy, as you’ll see in this recipe. You can also add hemp seeds to oatmeal or sprinkle them over rice.
How to serve Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip:
Like I’ve already mentioned, I love serving this as a dip with sliced, raw veggies, but it also works as a dressing on your favorite chopped salad. Another fun way to serve this is as a dip with our Paleo Crispy Cauliflower, kind of like a spin on buffalo wings and Ranch dip 🙂
Always wash your hemp seeds before using since they are normally very dust and dirty. To do this place them in an extremely fine mesh strainer and rinse under your faucet using cool water. Rinse until water runs clear.
Do NOT add herbs to the blender until the end. Make sure your dip is smooth and creamy and tasting good before adding in your fresh herbs. Adding the fresh herbs at the start will give you a green dip!
Store unused hemp seeds in an airtight container with a fitted lid in a fridge or freezer 🙂
Specialty equipment and ingredients for this recipe
Vegan Hemp Seed Ranch Dip or Dressing Recipe
Vegan Hemp Seed Ranch Dip or Dressing
- 1 cup raw hemp seeds rinsed
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ½ cup filtered water
- ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 inch jalapeno pepper chopped, optional
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons green onion rough chop
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro rough chop
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill rough chop
Start by cleaning your hemp seeds. To do this place them in an extremely fine mesh strainer and rinse them under cool water in your faucet. Now place the hemp seeds, along with all of the other ingredients (except for the fresh herbs) in a blender and starting on low speed start blending, gradually increasing to high. Stop and scrape down the sides as necessary. Blend until smooth and creamy.
Add the fresh herbs, bring speed back down to low and give it a quick blend to incorporate. If you blend too long once the herbs have been added, the dip will turn green.
Enjoy with sliced vegetables, gluten free crackers or as a salad dressing!