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Creamy Ranch Dressing- Paleo, Whole30, Keto

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.

Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword kid-friendly recipes, whole30 recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Linda Spiker


(If making Paleo/Whole30/dairy free:)

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 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


If Using Cashew Cream to Make Recipe Non Dairy/Whole30 version:

  1. 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)

Make the Dressing:

  1. 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.

  2. Add lemon juiceĀ 
  3. 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.
  4. 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!