Although it might not be this Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe but, America’s favorite salad dressing is definitely Ranch. Tangy, but at the same time mild-flavored. The creamy salad dressing climbed to number one in the United States in 1992, when it beat out Italian dressing.
“Homemade” Ranch Dressing
I’ve put “homemade” in quotes because since 1992, Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix has been America’s idea of an essential ingredient when making “Homemade” Ranch Dressing.
But trust me, you definitely do not need the help of Hidden Ranch to make a great Ranch Dressing…
If it makes sense to do so, I honestly don’t have a thing against cutting corners to save time. But using Hidden Valley dressing packets to make “Homemade” Ranch Dressing doesn’t make sense when you read the list of ingredients below:
Skip the MSG in Ranch Packets
First of all, if you are after a Homemade Ranch Dressing with superior flavor, there is just no way you can end up with optimal results using processed ingredients like the ones listed above. But I am most concerned about the fourth ingredient: Monosodium Glutamate (also known as MSG).
It turns out MSG is not just bad for you — it’s downright TERRIBLE. MSG is an excitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of damage (or even death) and can actually damage parts of the brain. It crosses the blood brain barrier and is really, really bad stuff…for all of us!
And, if you are like me and have any sort of neurological issue, then this really is a dangerous ingredient. Unfortunately, MSG is still used a lot in processed foods, including most “homemade” salad dressing packets.
How to Make the Best Homemade Ranch Dressing
But luckily, you can make a better tasting and highly nutritious Homemade Ranch Dressing all from scratch in less than 10-minutes.
It tastes just like Ranch, only way better (wink.) Although it is dairy-free, my version below owes it’s rich and creamy texture to cashews and hemp seeds. If you just make it once, I promise you’ll never go back to buying those dressing packets ever again.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe Ingredients
CASHEWS: Use raw cashews in this recipe to create the creamy ranch texture
HEMP SEEDS: These little seeds are so nutritious. You can read more about their superfood qualities here.
FRESH PARSLEY, DILL and CHIVES: Fresh herbs give this ranch dressing a perfect balance of flavor.
RAW HONEY: This is used as a natural sweetener to balance out the tanginess of the garlic and lemon juice.
DIJON MUSTARD: Be careful to measure out exactly what you need. Don’t overdo it.Print
Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Delicious, dairy-free Clean Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe owes it’s rich and creamy texture to pureed cashews and hemp seeds.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon organic Worchesteshire sauce (here’s a gluten-free option)
- Pink Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
- Coarsely ground black pepper (to taste)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate for up to 7 days.
P.S. Looking for More Clean Salad Dressing Recipes?
A delicious salad dressing is often all it takes to really enjoy eating your greens. And if you enjoy what you eat, you will undoubtedly eat more of it! If you liked the Homemade Ranch Dressing above and you are looking for more healthful, clean and delicious salad dressing recipes, be sure to check out our Clean Salad Dressing category.