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
- 1/3 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!