Smooth and creamy nut-free, dairy-free and oil-free Hemp Seed Herb Dressing! Perfect for salads, sandwiches,vegetables raw or roasted, use it on just about everything.
I really can't remember the last time I purchased a salad dressing. Quite frankly it's so much easier and healthier to make it a home.
Most vegan salad dressing are made with cashews but I needed one that was nut-free because I have a friend with nut allergies and she came over one day for lunch to enjoy a beautiful salad out on my patio.
The solution to my problem was hemp seed. I can't believe I don't use it more for making dressings. I actually like the consistency of the hemp seed over the cashews. Not only did I not use nuts, I didn't add any oil. Hemp contains the good fats and the essential fatty acids in hemp are needed in our diets to help provide energy to our bodies. Hemp seed oil is sometimes called "Nature's most perfectly balanced oil", because of its balanced 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids, which is thought to be optimum for long-term health. Visit Dr. Axe Food is Medicine for more info on the benefits of hemp seeds.
Hemp seed not only is a provider of good fats, it also provides antioxidants and chlorophyll. In this recipe it provides a delicious, tasty way to enjoy salads, veggies, sandwiches or just about anything you want to use it on.
Hemp Seed Herb Dressing
- Prep Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours
- Yield: 2 cups 1x
- ¾ cup hemp seed
- ⅔ cup filtered water, more if needed
- 3 dates
- 2 to 3 cloves garlic, more if you like garlic
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Place the hemp seeds in a medium bowl and cover with enough filtered water to cover. Allow to soak 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
- Rinse the seeds until water runs clear.
- Place hemp seeds, water, dates, garlic, vinegar, and lemon juice into the bowl of the blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed for desired consistency.
- Transfer dressing to a bowl, add the oregano and parsley and mix well.
- Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.
- Store dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 81
- Sugar: 4.1
- Sodium: 2
- Fat: 4
- Carbohydrates: 7.8
- Fiber: 3.5
- Protein: 2.9
- Cholesterol: 0
If you make this recipe or a version of it, take a picture and share with me on Instagram, tag it #thewholeserving or leave a comment below. I’d love to see or hear about your version of this Hemp Seed Herb Dressing.
Sarah - Craft Invaders says
Will definitely try this Celeste, as I am dying to know what it tastes like - it looks beautiful 🙂
I'm a garlic lover so i put a bit more garlic in mine, I love the garlicky flavor. I hope you like it.
Carol, The Red Painted Cottage says
I've never heard of or have had hemp seed. Is there much of a flavor to it? Very curious about it.
Hemp has a nutty flavor but not too overpowering. I sometimes sprinkle the seeds on my salads.
When I saw this picture of this beautiful looking dressing I had to click on! Love love the recipe Celeste! I'm sure this dressing tastes great in so many salads. I have never tried dates in my salad dressing before. Something new I need t try. Pinning for later! Delicious!
Thanks Ilkas, the addition of the date allows for a bit of sweetness without adding sugar. I wanted to keep it all natural.
AJ Paradis says
I bet this is incredible! Never thought to use hemp seeds as a dressing base. Next time I re-stock, I am so making this! Any idea how long the dressing will keep? Is it better to make it at the time of serving? Thanks!
It should last 7 to 10 days, but you will have to shake because it separates a bit.
This dressing is so simple and sounds amazing!! I'm definitely trying this soon!
Thanks Brita, I like to keep things simple and uncomplicated, and this fits perfectly.
I've got to give this a try it looks so healthy and sounds delicious!
Julie I hope you like is as much as we do in my house. You do have to shake to mix it up because it separates a bit after sitting in the fridge overnight.
Helen Fern says
Where do you purchase hemp seeds? I'd like to try this. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!
I get my seeds from Whole Foods, but it's in the health department.
Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Oh...this looks delish! I've never used hemp seeds or hemp oil, this gives me a good reason to try them. And I love that it's good for my vegetarian daughter as well as gluten free for me! Winner winner, salad for dinner! Yippee!
Hemp is really good for us, I think sometimes it's the forgotten seed. I hope you like it.
Cathy Lawdanski says
Delicious and healthy as always and it looks REALLY CREAMY. Yum! Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon, Celeste!
Thanks Cathy, I like that it is so easy to make and it saves money.
Deborah Davis says
What a healthy, tasty, creamy dressing! Just the thing to make a good salad great!
Liz Jo says
This looks delicious!!
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Deborah Davis says
This creamy delight is now at the top of my healthy, yummy dressing list! We're so glad you shared this healthy and delicious Hemp Seed Herb Dressing recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. It is being featured this week at our Party! I'm Pinning and sharing!
Thank you Deborah for featuring my Hemp Seed Herb Dressing, I really appreciate the feature and I'm glad you like it.
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
The only homemade dressing that I've ever made was the package you buy a mix with something else. I've never had it all from scratch, but this sure looks good. I would add extra garlic because I like it garlicky.
I trying to eliminate as much processed food as I can, so that means making my own dressing. It's hard sometimes, because it is so easy to just grab the ready-made to save time.
With all our allergies I really should try Hemp. You made it sound so tempting, I just might.
I found hemp a few years ago and I love that it is a great source of protein.
I'm going to start soaking my seeds now! Can't wait to try this tomorrow!
Enjoy Christine, let me know how it works for you.
I'm back! After trying your AMAZING Vegan Parm, I went through your website and downloaded more recipes and this was another one. I never post any comments until I've actually try the recipe. But again I am in love! You did not disappoint. We made it two ways, your original way and then my daughter wanted to add some of that LiteHouse Salad Herb to it that you introduced us to. They both were so incredibly delicious. The Salad Herb made it taste like a ranch dressing, which my daughter loves. I just wanted to thank you for these delicious recipes and let you know they will forever be a staple in my household.
I just love you! You make our world so tasty!
PS the Vegan Parm disappears so fast, I cannot keep my 17 yo hands off it. Plus I have shared w a few of my other friends willing try plant based recipes. 🙂
Wow, Nicole I'm so happy that you, your family and your friends are enjoying some of my recipes. It's nice to know others are enjoying my recipes as much as I am.
Thanks for coming back and leaving your comment.
Wow, those photos look so delicious! I couldn't agree more with you that it's so much easier and healthier to make it at home than buying it at supermarkets. I'm sure this hemp seed herb dressing tastes perfectly well with any salad. Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Can tell you how much money I have thrown away buying dressing and it just sits in my fridge because I'm not crazy about the flavors. Love making my own. Thanks for the compliment on the photos.
Susan Kline says
I want to try this recipe! Are you using hulled hemp seeds or whole? The hulled ones seems so fine. Do they really need soaked?
I'm glad you like this recipe, I am using hulled in this recipe. Enjoy!
I had a bag of hemp seeds in my cupboard for months and didn't know how to use them! I am so grateful to have found your site and recipes. I cannot wait to try this recipe, I will leave a comment when I have all the ingredients together. Thank you and I love what I see on your site, it is easy to navigate and it is beautiful! Have a wonderful week! 🙂
Kim Lurz says
Super delicious dressing. My new favorite. I love the sweetness with the garlicy goodness ❤️