Tangy, creamy ranch dressing that’s as healthful as it is delicious—this versatile sauce is a dream come true. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, like Vitamix brand, be sure to soak the cashews in cold water for at least 2 hours before making this dressing.

From mrsplantintexas.com

By Amy Johnson,


  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup oil-free salsa
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Hot pepper sauce, such as Cholula, to taste (optional)


  • In a high-speed blender combine the first eight ingredients (through salt) and ¼ cup water. Cover and blend until smooth. If desired, season with hot sauce. Chill before serving.

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(5 from 7 votes)

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Wow!! I could eat this dressing everyday!!


There was not enough volume to cover the blades of my vitamix. Had to ad lib. Needed a lot more seasoning. I'll let it rest overnight and taste it again in the morning. I soaked the cashews 2 hours in hot water.


I have a peanut and tree nut allergy. What is best to replace the cashews with? Also, does anyone have input with replacing mustard in a lot of the recipes that are on this site? I have an allergy to that as well.


If you can have seeds, sunflowerseeds are often a good replacement.


This is fantastic! It is versatile too, any mexican style dish could use this fabulous dressing.

Matt Green

I tried the exact recipe (no mods) but found it lacking in flavor. I added the hot sauce and that helped. I would recommend adding 1/4 tsp cumin and chili powder. That seemed to kick it up a notch


what is oil free salsa??


Had the same question.

Mrs. Plant

Salsa that does not contain oil in the ingredients. Most don't.

Joy Crosby

This is honestly amazing. I eat salad because I know I should but with THIS dressing, the salad is my favourite part of the meal.


Very good recipe, I made it as written and it was good. I added dried minced onion and swapped out the water for almond milk and it turned out great


Surprisingly yummy! Will definitely make this again!

Melissa Smith

Wow! I was not expecting this to taste so delicious! So surprised!



Mick Beaver

This was shockingly good! It has a creamy texture and a Midwestern "taco dip" taste. Color me pleased.

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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson, also known as Mrs. Plant in Texas, is a home chef living medication-free in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Before beginning her whole-food plant-based journey, Amy was taking medication three times a day for Type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol, as well as struggling with severe osteopenia and obesity. After adopting a plant-based lifestyle, she was able to get off her medications and lose a significant amount of weight. Amy is the author of Tame Your Diabetes, and she works directly with individuals who have been diagnosed with dietary illnesses such as obesity, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol, helping them to prevent and reverse these illnesses through a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle. Find her on Instagram and Facebook.
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