Ranch-O-Yum Dressing {dairy, vinegar & gluten free}

By , On January 7th, 2014, In: Candida, Dairy Free, Egg Free, FreeDiet™- phase 1, FreeDiet™- phase 2, Lunch/Dinner, Paleo/Grain Free, Raw, Vegan

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  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut manna
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • few dash ground pepper*
  • dash of paprika*
  • *omit for FreeDiet™- phase 1

Do you want to know one thing you can do this New Year to insure your health?  Eat more salads, one might be thinking.  What if I told you STOP eating salads/vegetables……………with traditional Ranch dressing because it is horrible for your health!  Yes even if it says the golden words, “low fat” and “all natural” it is a bunch of bologna {which pray to God you’re not eating either}!

I have noticed one way to get someone to eat vegetables is to have a dip beside those neglected foods.  The problem is most of those dips/dressings are, well, down right dirty!  I was perusing the salad dressing aisle at the health food market and even those bottled concoctions were filled with GMO this, chemical that, and preservatives I could not pronounce to save my life!

I realized I wouldn’t have to try to pronounce Disodium Guanylate, Phosphate, Inosinate, Monosodium Glutamate {MSG}, EDTA to save my life; all I had to do was create a dressing that would!  Here is why:  Many of these so called ingredients may cause kidney damage, possibly lower my bone density, give me a headache, make me fat, nauseas,  and have rapid heartbeat {that is a statement from the FDA}!




Ranch-O-Yum Dressing {dairy, vinegar & gluten free}
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Serves: 10
  • ½ cup soaked cashews or macadamias
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup almond milk or plant based milks
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp. coconut manna {learn more}
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. dill
  • ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
  • few dash ground pepper*
  • dash of paprika*
  • *omit for FreeDiet™- phase 1
  1. In Vita Mix or strong blender add nuts, lemon juice, oil, and all spices & herbs.
  2. Add all other ingredients (manna and milk) and puree until creamy.
  3. Add any extra salt to taste.
I didn't have cashews or macadamia nuts soaked, so I used {soaked} walnuts yesterday and it tasted just as good! I have also used cashews that were not soaked and it worked, but something about soaking the nuts helped with flavor and creaminess. It also helps our bodies to better digest the nuts when we soak them. If you would like a thicker dip consistency you can add a tablespoon of chia or ground flax seeds. Remember, the chia seed will absorb 9 times its weight in water and is a great thickening ingredient but not approved on Free-Diet phase 1.

This dressing/dip will last in the refrigerator for a week.  If you don’t have time or the ingredients on hand to make this amazing and addicting dressing, just use olive oil and lemon on your salad.  Most restaurants will have that choice.  Oh, and all those on a candida free diet, this one is for you! No vinegar and no sugar!

With a Spoonful of Ranch-O-Yum,



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7 Comments on "Ranch-O-Yum Dressing {dairy, vinegar & gluten free}"

  1. Kristen April 28, 2016 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Delish!! Made it today (while wearing Sage in my wrap too :). You would be proud:) I didn’t have dill so next time I need it!

    • Dawn Rofrano April 29, 2016 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      What a beautiful vision that must have been…baby in tote! I bet Sage added extra yumminess too! I have done it without dill myself as its not my favorite but most traditional Ranch Dressings call for it.

  2. Kay March 15, 2020 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Greetings. I feel silly asking, but I do not see at what point to add the milk and the manna. Also, could you use ghee in place of the manna?
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Dawn Rofrano March 24, 2020 at 7:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Kay, Thank you for catching that I missed adding those ingredients in step 2. I made it more clear now. I have a proofreader that helps me but we are human so in this case, it took 3 of us. And I love the idea of using ghee instead of coconut manna. The coconut manna lends to a creamy flavor and texture but the ghee I think would be great! Thanks for sharing this idea!

      • Kay Ware March 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much!

  3. emilie montgomery April 15, 2022 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    hi Dawn, how much water to soak the nuts, how long and do you drain them? What is coconut manna? (there is no link) and is there a substitute? thanks!

    • Dawn Rofrano July 3, 2023 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Emilie, Iam sorry the link was not in my post on how to soak nuts. you will fill the nuts 3/4 way in a jar and make sure water goes to the top covering the nuts, and you will soak them overnight changing the water as it is cloudy and rinsing the nuts well. Soaking them help us to digest them and cleans all he debris off of them and when you see the color of the water you will see what I mean! Also, coconut manna is coconut butter similar to other nut butters but nut free. Here is the link for more details. https://spoonfulofhealth.com/benefits-of-soaking-nuts/

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