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Creamy Ranch Hemp Dressing

Ranch Hemp Dressing is light, refreshing, and delicious topped on salads or used as a veggie dip! It’s a quick and easy hemp seed dressing made with hemp hearts, lemon, and herbs, and it is raw, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free, and vegan.

side angle view ranch style hemp seed dressing being poured over fresh green salad.

I love salad dressings! As you can see in the archives, we have Vegan Ranch DressingCreamy Poppy Seed DressingFlax + Evo Balsamic VinaigretteTahini-Miso Dressing. All are delicious in their own way!

When you’re looking for a creamy dressing that’s oil and nut-free and ready in minutes, this ranch-style hemp seed salad dressing is just what you need! It’s not just for salads either and can be used as a dip for veggies or a spread for sandwiches.

I think you’re going to love this creamy hemp dressing as much as I do. I personally found myself tipping the bowl to get the last of it. And if you love the first batch, the recipe can easily be doubled next time around!

Benefits of Hemp Hearts

The base of this recipe is hemp hearts (aka, hulled hemp seeds):

  • Quality protein. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega 3 & 6 and are a high-quality complete protein. Four tablespoons, or 1/4 cup, of hemp seeds contain 15 grams of protein.
  • Nutrient-rich. Hemp hearts contain high concentrations of vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid, and many other micronutrients that your body needs.
  • There is no need to soak. Another great thing about hemp hearts is that they do not need to be soaked to aid in digestion. They can be eaten raw, and the body will absorb and digest all the nutrients readily and easily.

Hemp hearts are a great addition to any type of diet. Use them in smoothies, sprinkle on salads and nourish bowls, or on top of toast and jam!

Now, let’s make some delicious Creamy Hemp Dressing…

top down view of ingredients used to make ranch style herb hemp dressing recipe.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this recipe, nutritious hemp hearts are blended with water and a flavorful mix of herbs, creating a creamy salad dressing that can easily double as a dip or spread.

Here is everything you’ll need:

  • Hemp hearts – These heart-healthy seeds can be found at most grocery stores or purchased online (affiliate link).
  • Water – you can also use your favorite unsweetened plain plant milk such as almond, soy, oat, cashew, etc.
  • Lemon – Always use fresh lemon. Bottled lemon juice contains preservatives that may be a bit strong and will alter the flavor.
  • Garlic + onion powder – Adds a nice bump of savory flavor.
  • Salt – Use to enhance ingredients flavors.
  • Herbs – Use fresh or dried chives, dill, parsley and/or cilantro.
top down view showing the process of adding water to ingredients for hemp dressing.

How To Make Hemp Dressing

Here is a quick overview of the process with photos for reference. The full printable recipe card is below.

  • In the blender cup, add the hemp hearts, garlic and onion powder, salt, and water, minus the herbs, and blend until smooth, about 30 – 45 seconds. If the dressing is too thin, add more hemp hearts; if it’s too thick, add a tad more water.
top down view showing the process of making herby hemp seed dressing.
  • Next, add in the herbs and blend until incorporated.
  • Lastly, taste for flavor.

And now this simple creamy dressing is ready to enjoy!

Top Tips

  • Recommended equipment: For this job, I found using a small, personal blender worked best, like this NutriBullet (<affiliate link). If using a regular-sized blender, I suggest doubling the recipe. You can always refrigerate the leftovers.
  • Storing: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days in an airtight container.

side angle view of glass jar full of creamy hemp seed dressing with items surrounding.

Serving Suggestions

My favorite part – eating this ranch hemp seed dressing! Here are a few of my favorite options:

  • Salad Dressing: Serve with a simple house salad as shown below or with this loaded Vegan Cobb or Strawberry Spinach Salad.
  • Veggie Dip: Serve as a dip with favorite veggies, such as carrots, cucumber, broccoli, zucchini, bell peppers, and more!
  • Sandwich Spread: Use it as a spread for this Summer Vegetable Sandwich or vegan B.L.T.
top down view of fresh green salad topped with creamy ranch style hemp seed dressing.

More Healthy Hemp Heart Recipes!

If you try this easy dressing recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


Creamy Ranch Hemp Dressing

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Light, refreshing, and delicious, this creamy ranch hemp seed salad dressing is raw, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free, and vegan. It’s quick and easy to make and can be used as a salad dressing, dip, or spread!

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 3 min
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Category: Condiment, Dressing
  • Method: blend
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • 1/2 cup hemp hearts (hulled hemp seeds)
  • 1/3 cup water, plus more as needed
  • 1 medium lemon, juice of
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon mineral salt
  • a few strands chives, broken into 1 inch pieces
  • a few sprig leaves fresh dill
  • a few sprig tops fresh cilantro and/or parsley


Using a small blender (or double recipe if using a regular blender), combine ingredients, minus the herbs, and blend until smooth. If it is too thin, add more hemp hearts; if it is too thick, add a tad more water to thin it.

Add in the herbs and blend until incorporated. Taste for flavor, adding anything extra to suit your taste…more lemon?…more herbs?…more garlic, or onion powder? Chill before serving.

Makes about 1/2 cup, serving 2 – 4

Store: Leftovers can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.


Mix and match herbs to suit your taste.

Salad shown consists of romaine lettuce, carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers and topped with cracked pepper. Just simple and delicious!

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: I have not made this in a regular blender. The NutriBullet (affiliate link) works great for small jobs like this. If using a regular size blender, you may want to double the recipe.

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  1. Can you recommend a substitute for the hemp hearts?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I recommend this Vegan Ranch Dressing made with cashews if you don’t care for hemp hearts. I hope that helps, Jenna!

  2. If I wanted to use dried herbs in place of fresh, what would be the recommended measurements?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      I would start with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon to start, adding more to taste.

  3. this is so amazing. even without the salt. Have been having it every day this week. :) I didn’t even measure herbs or seasonings and used dried for all. super easy and flexible, I also added some cucumber one day and celery another as I like to get a bit more dressing for the amount of fat.

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