A candida diet ranch dressing that’s super healthy, high in protein and vegan too. This easy spin on Ranch Dressing is tangy, herby and totally delicious!
A super healthy spin on traditional Ranch Dressing
Do you love Ranch Dressing? To be honest, Ranch was never a go-to dressing for me, mostly because of its ingredients: Buttermilk, skim milk, egg yolks, sugar and sour cream. It all gave me a big stomach ache. It wasn’t until I created this healthier version that I began to love it. This version is dairy-free, sugar-free and high in protein!
Ranch Dressing for a Candida
When cooking for personal chef clients, particularly those on a candida diet, I’ll typically serve this as a dip with flaxseed crackers or sliced vegetables like carrots, cucumber or jicama. The combination of protein and healthy fats make it a great mid-day snack. The most obvious way to serve it is as a salad dressing. Drizzle it over some crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy cucumbers and sweet cherry tomatoes for a super delicious salad. Top with grilled chicken and you’ve got yourself an entree. 🙂
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 glass mason jars and store in a fridge or freezer 🙂
Candida Diet Ranch Dressing Recipe
Vegan Hemp Seed Ranch Dip or Dressing
- 1 cup raw hemp seeds rinsed
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 inch jalapeno pepper chopped, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons green onion rough chop
- 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro rough chop
- 1 Tablespoon fresh dill rough chop
Carefully rinse hemp seeds under cool water in a fine mesh strainer to remove any dust or dirt. add rinsed seeds to a blender with the remaining ingredients, except for the fresh herbs, as over-blending them will turn the whole dip green.
Start blending on low speed and gradually increase to high speed, scraping down the sides as necessary. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding a little water if the mixture is too thick and isn't blending well.
Now add the dill and green onions. Return the speed back down to low and blend again for another 2 - 3 seconds. Taste for seasoning and add more sea salt if necessary.
Enjoy with sliced vegetables, gluten free crackers or as a salad dressing!
Store leftover dip in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 - 10 days.