Fresh, homemade Creamy Ranch Dressing. It’s the best for salads, dipping veggies, and topping burgers. And you know what’s even better? When you can make that dreamy dressing in five minutes and make it Paleo, Whole 30 or Keto compliant. Yup I believe I just knocked it out of the ball park!
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Five Minute Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Keto, Whole 30:
Let’s start at the beginning…a great ranch dressing starts with a great mayo. Honestly I think a good quality store bought mayo is fabulous for certain things but I don’t love it for Ranch Dressing. In my opinion it’s just too ‘mayo-y’ for lack of a better word.
But Don’t Panic, Making Mayo is Super easy!
Simply put extra light olive oil (or avocado oil), room temp egg, and a little lemon juice in a narrow glass container or mason jar with a lid wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender (affiliate link).
Important tip: Make sure the blender touches the bottom of the jar and stays there until the last few seconds of blending. Within a few seconds you will see the mayo emulsifying.
And, voila! Rich creamy mayo in less than a minute! For a complete Mayo Tutorial <—click!
Now How Do We Turn That Mayo Into Ranch?
By adding herbs, spices and either a little buttermilk or if choosing the non dairy option, some blended cashews!
Ways to Use This Dressing!
Dip my Whole 30 Home Fries, toss with the Best Chopped Chicken Salad or drizzle on Chicken Tenders!
The Recipe: Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Keto, Whole 30
Tips and what you need: If making this recipe non dairy, allow time to soak cashews before hand. For making successful mayo it’s important that ingredients are room temperature. Some people have success using a regular blender, I have much better success using an immersion blender (affiliate link). You will need a good knife for chopping herbs.
Fresh, homemade creamy ranch dressing, made in five minutes with Paleo, Whole30 and Keto options. If making this dressing dairy free, allow time to soak cashews.
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 cup extra light olive oil or avocado oil
- 1-2 large room temp eggs, the second egg is for back up (if you forget to leave eggs out, place in bowl of very warm water for at least ten minutes to make room temp)
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup buttermilk or use 1/2 cup cashew cream if making non dairy version
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, or more if you like more!
- 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, or more if you like more!
- 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 2 Tablespoon chives, chopped
Bring 1 cup water to boil, turn off heat and pour 1/2 cup cashews into hot water. Soak for 3 hours or overnight. Strain and rinse. Place into blender with a half cup of filtered water and blend until smooth. This is cashew cream. Store in fridge until ready to use (expires in 4 days)
Place a room temp egg (have a second egg as back up) and extra light olive oil in a narrow jar that is wide enough to accommodate an immersion blender. The egg must be room temp. If you forget to take the egg out of the fridge in time, you can place it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to bring it to room temp.
Add lemon juice
Place an immersion blender into jar with the blender touching the bottom. Turn on immersion blender keeping it at the bottom of the dish. In about 30 seconds or less you will have mayonnaise, move blender up and down a few times. Stop blending. If mayo doesn't set up, use that second egg. Add it to the jar and mix again, it almost always saves the day.
Add chopped herbs, spices and cashew cream or buttermilk and give one more quick blend to incorporate herbs and spices! Taste and make any additions needed. Ta-da!
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MUCH prefer homemade dressings and this looks GREAT!
This is my kind of dressing. And thanks for the reminder to use an immersion blender. I always forget about that device!
I know! It gets tucked away in a drawer…out of sight, out of mind!
I love cashew ranch dressing! The use of avocado oil must make it so rich, too.
I enjoy both versions but the cashew is such a great alternative for dairy free peeps, so creamy and I think thickens it up even better than buttermilk!
This looks amazing. I need a pile of fresh veggies and a jar of this dressing!
I’m flipping over this recipe! It looks so fresh and delicious and is allergy and sensitivity friendly, which I love! Amazing!
How quick and easy!! I’ve gotta try this, I love that you included a dairy-free option 🙂
I don’t have an immersion blender. What do u suggest? Is there another option?
Hi Elaine, many people use a regular blender, but I have never had luck with it. You could give it a shot though!
Quick point of order—With buttermilk, this isn’t Whole30 compliant so you should rermove that tag. I’ll have to make it next month.
Hi Laura. Thanks for the comment. I am thinking you missed the non dairy version using blended cashews. I offer both versions, so feel free not to wait!
I made your chicken tenders recipe and with so much egg mixture left I made this egg drop soup also, but with diced mixed veg added … so tasty!