Cooking with CBD: Homemade Ranch Dressing

Now that my garden is coming in full swing I’m in full swing salad mode. While I love a tangy Italian dressing my all time favorite will always be a rich, creamy ranch dressing. So, of course, I had to find a way to get some CBD into it.

I tried a few different recipes and my favorite ended up being from one of my all-time favorite recipe blogs, The Minimalist Baker. You can find the original recipe here https://minimalistbaker.com/easy-vegan-ranch-dressing-oil-free/

Prep Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

Dressing

  • 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 pinch black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2-1 tsp maple syrup (or other sweetener of choice to taste)
  • 1-2 droppers of Pure Hemo Botanicals Tincture (I used 300mg Full spectrum)

Herbs

  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced dill (or 2 tsp dried)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced parsley (optional)
  • 1 tsp fresh chives (or 1/2 the amount dried chives // optional)

Instructions:

  1. Soak cashews in very hot water for 30 minutes -1 hour (or overnight in cool water). While cashews are soaking, measure out almond milk and add lemon juice and set aside to curdle (this makes your vegan “buttermilk”). 
  2. Drain and rinse cashews several times and drain again. 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, Pure Hemp Botanicals CBD Tincture, and maple syrup. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until very creamy and smooth. 
  3. Add herbs and pulse several times to incorporate (you don’t want it fully puréed). 
  4. Taste and adjust flavor, as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, maple syrup for sweetness, lemon juice or vinegar for acidity, garlic for garlic flavor, or herbs for a more herbal flavor.
  5. 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. 
  6. Enjoy with vegetables, salads, cauliflower wings, or pizza! Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 7-10 days. Not freezer friendly (will likely separate upon thawing).