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Healthy Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing Recipe

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Healthy Raw Ranch Dressing via Linda Wagner #dairyfree #rawfood #healthy #hempseeds

This ranch dressing will change your life…seriously. I started making it a month ago and haven’t stopped since! It’s very simple, super healthy, and absolutely AMAZING!! You may be surprised to find that it’s made with hemp seeds!

From Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is not the same as marijuana, as it does not contain the high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the active ingredient that produces a high. Hemp has many industrial uses, but you can also obtain many health benefits from it by adding the seeds to your diet.

Hemp can provide you with a complete protein, and a balanced ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. It also contains many B vitamins, vitamins A, D and E, calcium, sodium, iron and dietary fiber. Hence, hemp seeds can supply you with all your dietary needs for optimum health.

1. A Healthy Heart The essential fatty acids contained in hemp can reduce blood cholesterol to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Plaque buildup can contribute to atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of the arteries and eventually can cause heart attacks and stroke. The fatty acids help to reduce inflammation that can cause poor blood circulation and high blood pressure. Therefore hemp can reduce the workload of the heart, and as a result helps to prevent heart disease and stroke.

2. A Healthy Mind Your brain contains lot of the same essential fatty acids which are found in hemp. Therefore, hemp can help to improve your memory, and prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Hemp seeds can also help to improve your moods, alleviate symptoms of depression and reduce anxiety and stress levels.

3. Healthy Skin Hemp oil is often used for cosmetic purposes in products such as soaps, skin lotions and lip balms. This is because the oil helps to penetrate into the layers of the skin to promote new cell growth for a softer and smoother skin. Hemp can also help to clear up skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.

4. Weight Loss Hemp is a natural appetite suppressant, and helps you to feel full longer. Adding 4 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your breakfast can help to reduce your food cravings for the rest of the day. On top of that you will have lots of energy for exercise and other activities to help you lose weight.

5. Digestive Disorders The high amount of fiber that is contained in hemp seeds can help to keep your digestive tract clean and healthy. As a result you can eliminate digestive disorders such as bloating and constipation.

6. Prevent Cancer A healthy digestive system along with the antioxidants and plant sterols contained in hemp can help to reduce your risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers.

7. Diabetes Hemp seeds are also essential if you are diabetic, or are at risk for diabetes, as they can help to control your blood sugar levels. This is due to the healthy fats which help the body to absorb the glucose from the bloodstream and turn it into energy. As a result, energy levels will increase and sweet cravings will decrease. (source)

Healthy Raw Ranch Dressing via Linda Wagner #dairyfree #rawfood #healthy #hempseeds

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks and restaurants Cafe Gratitude. If you don’t have this book, it’s definitely one to add to your collection!

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Tamari
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups hemp seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs chopped jalapeno
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 Tbs fresh dill, chopped fine or 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you like it to be speckled, blend everything except the parsley and cilantro. Then add those in at the last min and blend until the herbs are mixed in and speckled green.

I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender. They are the ONLY blender that will give you the creamy consistency that you desire.  I love, love, LOVE my VitaMix and highly recommend investing in one if you are ready to make serious changes to your diet. I have had mine for almost 5 years and use it daily! If you’re not ready to drop that kind of cash, I also like Hamilton Beach which makes some great budget friendly blenders that you can get at your local Walmart or Target.

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If you are having a craving for savory foods you can use this raw ranch dressing on salads or as a dip for raw veggies. I’ve been eating it as a snack with baby carrots, cucumber slices, bell peppers, celery…basically anything I can get my hands on to dip it with! It’s so, so, so good!! It tastes like it would be totally unhealthy but it’s actually BURSTING with nutrients!!  Try it and leave me a comment to tell me what you think!

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Healthy Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing
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  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs Tamari
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 cups hemp seeds
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 Tbs chopped jalapeno
  • ¾ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 Tbs fresh dill, chopped fine or ¼ tsp dried dill
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. If you like it to be speckled, blend everything except the parsley and cilantro. Then add those in at the last min and blend until the herbs are mixed in and speckled green.
  2. I use a VitaMix which is an amazing, state of the art, professional grade high speed blender.


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15 Responses to “Healthy Hemp Seed Ranch Dressing Recipe”

  1. Laura September 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Any replacement you could use vice the Hemp seed? I’m in the military and hemp seed is a “not allowed” food. Thanks!

    • Linda September 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

      cashews or even sunflower seeds would make a great replacement!

  2. Lesa September 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    How much does this make? It looks like it would be a lot with 1.5 cups of hemp seeds. How long does it keep? Thanks for all you do!

  3. NicoleL September 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    It just so happened I had an iherb package on my doorstep today with hemp seeds so I whipped up this dressing this afternoon and I’m hooked. So good and I love that its Raw! Thanks for sharing, I love your blog and all of your ideas and recipes, keep them coming! 🙂

  4. Nancy Walsh September 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    I can’t wait to try the ranch dressing ! Also found your health article interesting. Please keep me posted. Thank you.

  5. Nancy Walsh September 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Enjoyed your health article very much. Can’t wait to try the raw dressing !

  6. deb January 14, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    any idea how long this will last in the fridge?

    • Linda January 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

      up to one 1.5 weeks 🙂

  7. Tonya June 29, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    This stuff is absolutely AMAZING!

  8. Suvine August 17, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Ha I made the cafe gratitude one too and didnt like the sunflower seeds. So next time I was like, I am going to just add more hemp nuts instead…like yours..

  9. Chrystal April 2, 2015 at 3:51 am #

    Can you use hemp powder instead of seeds? If so, how much would you recommend?

    • Linda April 2, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Hi Chrystal, I’ve never used hemp powder before so I’m not sure if it would make a suitable substitute?! On the package does it describe the ration for converting powder and seeds?


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