Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing

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Stirring a bowl of Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing made with cashews

Creamy vegan ranch dressing gets a serious upgrade from a dose of heat. Ready for this?

Cutting board with ingredients for making our easy Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing recipe

This dressing is simple to make, requiring 1 blender, simple ingredients, and just over 30 minutes to prepare (which mostly accounts for soaking cashews).

It starts with soaked, drained cashews blended with vegan “buttermilk,” fresh garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, vinegar, maple syrup, and fresh dill. The result is a creamy, tangy, herby, spicy dressing that’s perfect for salads, cruditès, and so much more.

Blender filled with ingredients for making our simple Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing recipe

We hope you LOVE this dressing! It’s:

Creamy
Savory
Tangy
Herby
Subtly spiced
Versatile
& So delicious

This would make the perfect dressing for just about any Mexican-inspired salad, especially this Grilled Corn Summer Salad, Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Salad or these Mexican Quinoa Sweet Potato Salad Cups! We could also see it being a nice addition to these Mexican Green Chili Burgers (serious yum) or dip for these Cajun Baked Sweet Potato Fries!

If you’re into dressings, be sure to check out our Oil-Free Vegan Ranch, No-Honey Mustard Dressing, 5-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing, and Best Ever Microwave Hummus.

If you try this recipe, let us know by leaving a comment, rating, and tagging a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! Cheers, friends.

Spoon resting in a bowl of Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing surrounded by cashews, fresh dill, and chipotle peppers in adobo

Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Creamy vegan ranch dressing gets an upgrade from chipotle pepper. A tangy, spicy, savory dressing perfect for salads, cruditès, dipping, and more! 1 blender, ~30 minutes, and simple ingredients required.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Stirring a bowl of Vegan Chipotle Ranch Dressing
4.83 from 17 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 (2-Tbsp servings)
Course Sauce
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5-7 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in hot water 30 minutes, or overnight in cool water)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2-1 tsp maple syrup (optional // or other sweetener of choice to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle chile (plus more to taste // or sub chili powder, NOT cayenne)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh minced dill (or 2 tsp dried)

Instructions

  • Soak cashews in very hot water for 30 minutes. While cashews are soaking, measure out almond milk and add lemon juice and set aside to curdle (this makes your vegan “buttermilk”).
  • Drain and rinse cashews, then transfer to a small blender (a blender is preferred over a food processor for achieving a smooth texture) and add almond "buttermilk," garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder, vinegar, maple syrup (optional), ground chipotle chile, and dill. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until very creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt to taste, ground chipotle or adobo sauce for heat, maple syrup for sweetness, lemon juice or vinegar for acidity, garlic for garlic flavor, or herbs for a more herbal flavor.
  • Use immediately at room temperature or refrigerate for 3-4 hours to chill. It will thicken in the refrigerator, so you can add more almond milk or water later on to thin if needed.
  • Enjoy on our Grilled Corn Salad or with vegetables, wraps, salads, cauliflower wings, or pizza! Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days, or in the freezer up to 1 month (though best when fresh).

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional sweetener.
*Recipe adapted from our Oil-Free Ranch Dressing.

Nutrition (1 of 10 servings)

Serving: 1 two-Tablespoon servings Calories: 76 Carbohydrates: 4.3 g Protein: 2.5 g Fat: 5.9 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Sodium: 137 mg Potassium: 99 mg Fiber: 0.5 g Sugar: 0.8 g

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  1. Sarita Kini-Pai says

    This is a fantastic recipe! Definitely do not miss the dairy! I made it my own by adding a fresh jalapeno and swapped out the dill for fresh cilantro to meet my palate preferences. It was amazing! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sarita. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  2. Hannah says

    This recipe is amazing!!! I’m a die-hard chipotle ranch fan…I could drink it. I try to avoid dairy though and was nervous about this but IT IS SO GOOD. I’m making vegan tacos tonight and I’m going to pour this over everything.

  3. Vanessa says

    This a fantastic recipe…So delicious. It was really easy to make.
    I only had crushed chipotle in adobo sauce so used a good heaped tablespoon.
    I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  4. Samantha says

    I love this dressing!!!! Its so simple and tastes like a delicious creamy smokey ranch. I added about 4x’s the amount of apple cider vinegar and dill, and added extra adobo sauce until I was happy with the heat level. I also saved the water that the cashews soaked in and had to add that until the consistency was smooth enough to be dressing.

    • Sherryn Adair says

      Good tip – I too added extra vinegar & lemon juice but I’m still questing after the “tangy” taste – it is still delicious (and oh so hot! On this wintry night!). I love that it’s so healthy ❤️

  5. Shannon says

    Made this last night with the grilled corn salad (added black beans to the salad to make it heartier) and loved it! I used a Vitamix blender and the dressing wasn’t super creamy. Do you recommend a smaller blender or a particular setting on the Vitamix? I’ve had this issue with cashew based sauces before. I’m sure it’s user error :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      A smaller blender can help it get creamier because it’s a small amount. BUT, you can also multiply the recipe by 1.5 or 2 and it will blend well in a vitamix. Sometimes the smaller quantities are just harder to blend well in a large, high-speed blenders. Hope that helps!

  6. elizabeth joseph says

    I did make it but it wasn’t my liking. a little sweet, even though I cut it down to 1/4 tsp. maybe for a sauce for wraps and dips, but not for salad. this is just my comment.

  7. Alyssa says

    SO easy and delicious! I had all the ingredients already in my pantry. I added it on top of BBQ jackfruit nachos and it really made the dish! This will definitely be a much every time I need a nacho kind of cheese.

    Is it’s possible to add it to the machine before they go in the oven so the sauce gets warm and binds with the chips? I wasn’t sure how well Cashew cheese deals with heat?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Alyssa!! I’m not sure about adding it to the chips before, but if you try it let us know!

  8. Melodie says

    I made this last night!! SOOOO YUMMMM!!! I spread this inside of a crisp tortilla and had spicy potato tacos.

    I did add an extra pepper and did add some ranch seasoning I had on hand to give it a little more kick and additional ranch flavor. I also added a little more almond milk to this to make it thinner.

    Great recipe!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Rachel says

    I made this yesterday with the grilled corn salad and it was so delicious! Thanks for such a great recipe! I had to sub chipotle pepper paste for the peppers in adobo sauce because I couldn’t find them, but it worked really well

  10. Joey says

    I buy organic dried chipotle peppers and rehydrate- I’ve found then at natural grocers and well as chucks in Washington and Oregon. All chipotle in Adobe sauce has canola oil so I opt for this instead….hope that helps :)

  11. Vanessa Aurel says

    Hi! Good to know you. Thank you for sharing with us!
    I am a vegan and so glad you make this recipe for us!
    Thank you.
    I already followed you at twitter!

  12. Tracy says

    This is heavenly! I just made this and it’s delicious! It’s so creamy and flavorful but not too spicy. I’m making your grillable burgers and portobello burgers tonight and plan on using it on both. Then I’ll use it on our buffalo cauliflower falafel sandwiches . And if there’s any left after that, I’m making fries. Thank you for another great recipe.

  13. Lusa says

    I made this and I am not sure why the cashews didn’t go smooth….it tastes kinda like a chipotle romesco….I’m using it on my roasted veg rice bowls. It delicious so I’ll def try again for a better texture…

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Did you use a food processor? We think a high speed blender is the best way to get creamy sauces and dressings!

  14. Laurie says

    I made this for last night’s tacos and I’m making it again for tonight’s veggie burger bar. It is SO GOOD! I added a second chipotle pepper and a small handful of cilantro because I don’t like dill. We all loved it!

  15. Eric says

    This is a fantastic recipe — its easy to make, and it’s really, really delicious. One of my favorites — thank you so very much for sharing your discoveries.

  16. Dana Chalamet says

    I never heard back regarding my inquiry on your favorite chipotle peppers in adobo sauce … and it wasn’t posted (not that I care if it’s posted. I simply wanted to know if you knew of a good/healthy brand as there seems to not be any organic). You must not be used to true conscious/ mindful eaters who are aware of the dangers of the main food source. This is unfortunate. Well, never mind. I’ll figure it out on my own.

    • Dana Chalamet says

      I apologize. My iPad totally glitched out and after I sent my last message, ALL the other posts loaded and I noticed you actually DID respond. When I refreshed the page (multiple times) earlier, only one post showed so I assumed that was all that was there. Lesson learned for me as I have a tendency to jump to the wrong conclusions. Eesh! Again, I apologize. (and hopefully you can delete my last comment). ?

  17. Dana Chalamet says

    This recipe sounds (and looks) extremely yummy and I can’t wait to make it.

    Just curious if you have a favorite brand chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. I’m not familiar with this as I’ve never made anything that uses it.

    We eat approx. 98% organic and in my search, it seems it’s not a common product to find an organic version of this (my main concern it staying away from products that contain any pesticides/herbicides/fungicides and, of course, Monsanto’s highly toxic/carcinogenic glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp. It’s so out of control as it’s being sprayed on just about EVERYTHING that it’s now being found on some organics … from overspray. Obviously from farms not isolated far enough from conventional. It’s also being found in approx. 85% of pregnant women’s milk. This is how out of control it is. So we do our best at steering clear and being extremely mindful of what we ingest).

    Any recommendation for a great brand for the chipotle peppers in adobe sauce would help. With gratitude for all you share! Dana :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! I don’t know about organic chipotle peppers, but that’s a great question. If you find any, let us know. Otherwise, you can try subbing an organic ground chipotle powder in place for the canned peppers.

  18. Sandra says

    Okay, I just made this for my lunch salad and it is delicious! I followed the recipe to the T and it is perfect. I probably could eat the whole jar in spoonfuls (or with chips?). Oh my, try it; you’ll love it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      You can, although it will affect the flavor. In opinion the best alternative would be rice or cashew milk.

      • Kungaa Joseph says

        I tried to make the almond milk but it was a bad batch-old almonds; the store bought is high in sodium; found that Silk soy unsweetened was half the amount of sodium–have to be extra cautious with some vegan products- have high blood pressure and was great controlling it with meds and diet; but now I have to be even more careful of sodium

        • elizabeth joseph says

          as you mentioned in your reply to skip the sweetener and add salt. I am on low sodium diet and can’t have much salt. it was tasty. I love your recipes. but I look for the sodium content at the end to see if I can have it or not. Most of your recipes I can have.

  19. Megan says

    Ive been searching for an oil free chipotle ranch! perfect for the jackfruit tacos im making tomorrow night!! yay, can’t wait to try!

  20. Paige Cassandra Flamm says

    This sounds like something that I need to be slathering on everything I eat! I’m a sucker for spicy sauces and dressings!

    Paige