I developed this dressing specifically for my southwest vegan quinoa salad. It’s the yummiest sauce ever that’ll make you think of creamy ranch dressing, but with strong Tex-Mex leanings.

This creamy southwest dressing can be used on burgers and salads, and of course in buddha bowls it’s perfect as well.

Before I was vegan I used to love the southwest ranch dressing at McDonalds and I wanted to create a copycat recipe that would mimic that flavor. Try this vegan ranch dressing on vegan fried chicken, pizza, or as a veggie dip, too!

Southwest Ranch Dressing vegan

Vegan Southwest Ranch Dressing

This dairy-free southwest ranch dressing tastes so good you'll want to eat it straight off the spoon! It's great in salads, over rice bowls & buddha bowls, and makes a fantastic veggie dip.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Servings 10 servings
Calories 88 kcal


  • Blender


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dry green onion
  • 1 pinch of salt


  • Put the cashews in a microwave-safe dish, add water until nuts are covered, and microwave 30 seconds to blanch the cashews. Drain and discard the water.
  • Add the blanched cashews, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and spices to a blender and blend for about 40 seconds until mixture is totally smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge up to 1 week.
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American


Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Paris on June 3, 2021

    Hi, do I need to soak the cashews first?


    • Shannon Hakala on June 4, 2021

      Hi Paris,

      Raw cashews should be blanched before using them. I have updated the recipe to explain how to do this. They don’t need to be soaked beforehand. Thanks for your question!


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