Creamy, tangy, bursting with flavor, this Vegan Creamy Ranch Dip will instantly become your fresh veggies’ best friend, and the star of any party it gets invited to!
Go to a party, any party, and put a huge plate of beautiful fresh cut vegetables on the table, chances are they won’t be getting much attention. No one will even touch them, or barely, anyway. But put a great big bowl of creamy dip right in the middle of that plate and those crudités will now disappear faster than it took you to cut them!
Cuz yeah… while veggies are excellent for you and we all know this very well, they also happen to be a tiny bit boring on their own. And, well, no one really cares for boring food…
This Creamy Ranch Dip couldn’t be easier to make; basically, all you need to do is throw all your ingredients into a medium sized bowl and then mix vigorously with a whisk until everything is well blended. Really, there’s nothing more to it!
There are few things worth noting, though: since silken tofu has a tendency to render a lot of water, it might be a good idea to place it in a fine mesh sieve and let it drip and air out for a few minutes before you use it, especially if you find yours to be particularly watery, or if you like your dips to be on the firmer side.
As for the Cultured Cashew Yogurt, be sure to make the thicker version by using the least amount of water that the recipe calls for — that’s a cup and a half — and letting your yogurt culture for at least 12 hours. Alternatively, if you didn’t feel like making your own Cashew Yogurt or didn’t have time to, you could totally use some good store-bought cashew-based or any other type of non-dairy sour cream.
1 cup silken tofu*
3/4 cup thick cashew yogurt**, or cashew sour cream
1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped green olives
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp dehydrated chives
1 tbsp onion flakes
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp herbes de Provence, or other dried herb
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix vigorously with a whisk until well combined. Alternately, you could use a food processor for a smoother, creamier dip.
Place in the fridge for at least 6 hours or better yet overnight, to thicken and allow flavors to meld and fully develop.
Serve with your favorite fresh veggies or crackers.