Cashew Dressing | The Healthful Ideas

Cashew Dressing

October 13, 2016
How to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.com

Can we please give it up for delicious creamy vegan dressings (that aren’t made of vegetable oil)?!! I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to start making my own cashew dressing! Nonetheless, it’s safe to say that it’s my latest and greatest obsession. I admit, I say that about a lot of things. Speaking of which, I’ve been obsessed with anything and everything chai-spiced so you can probably expect a lot of chai-spiced desserts, breakfasts, and/or drinks in the upcoming weeks or months. Although, there probably won’t be any chai spice cashew dressing. Or should there be a chai spiced cashew dressing…? I mean, chai-spiced chocolate cashew sauce??? On oatmeal? Or as a dip? OR I could make it thicker in the form of a cheesecake?? Oh man, I admit I’ve got a problem.

How to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.com


I had been avoiding cashew dressing because it always seemed like too much work with all the soaking and blending but turns out it’s actually pretty easy and I’m just painfully lazy. To be fair, when I finally decided to try making vegan cashew dressing I tried and failed a couple times. I soaked the nuts for way too long (full 8 hours as I would almonds) and they were just too soggy and purple (yep, purple) and the dressing was never good. Then I finally decided to google it and found out you should soak cashews for way less than other nuts. If you’re using cold water, 2-3 hours should be enough. OR if you’re lazy and impatient like me, just soak them for 30 minutes in hot water and they’ll be perfect for dressing in no time.

I know that 30 minutes probably isn’t sufficient enough to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors (they make it harder for you to digest the nuts, hence you soak the nuts to get rid of them) but I just don’t have the patience.

Now, about the purple cashews. Apparently, when you soak your cashews for too long, they turn slightly purple which doesn’t mean they’ve gone bad, it just means they’re oversoaked and probably soggy. We don’t want that. Don’t throw them out yet, though! Throw them into the blender and blend, add water if needed and if you succeed and they turn into a creamy dressing, add the rest of the ingredients. That way you waste neither the cashews nor the rest of the ingredients.

How to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.comHow to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.com

The three main ingredients in this recipe are the cashews (obviously), lemon juice, and sea salt. That should be your base for anything and everything. You can add totally different spices than I did for a completely different dish. I went with garlic, nutritional yeast, onion, black pepper, and a bit of tahini for a universal creamy, tangy dressing with a kick. You can add tamari, olive oil (or olives), maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, chilli, any spices you like, or even stuff like fresh herbs or sun-dried tomatoes. The possibilities are literally endless.

I hope you love it and if you try it, don’t forget to snap a picture and let me know on Instagram or Twitter! I’m also on Snapchat @healthfulideas, add me to see what I eat throughout the day, how I shoot, and what I’m up to every day. :)

How to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.com

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Cashew Dressing
 
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Recipe type: dressing
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked in hot water for 30 minutes, then drained and rinsed)
  • ¾ cup water + more depending on how thick you want it to be
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (or more, depending on size)
  • ½-1 lemon, juiced (I used a whole lemon but if you don't like your dressings too tangy, start with ½ and add more if needed)
  • 1 tbsp tahini (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add everything into a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.
  2. Add more water if it's too thick. If you don't plan on using it right away, add 2-3 tbsp more water because it will thicken up in the fridge. If it's still too thick when you're ready to use it, just add more water and stir.
  3. Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

How to Make Vegan Cashew Dressing - creamy, delicious, and SO versatile. You'll love this recipe! Only 3 main ingredients and the rest is up to you. Get creative! | thehealthfulideas.com


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12 Comments

  • Reply Carlie October 25, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    This looks yummy! I’m going to have to make it soon.

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Yay! Definitely, it’s super easy! :)

  • Reply Michelle October 25, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    This looks amazing…great presentation!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Belle October 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Looks really good! I have to try this!

    One Awesome Momma

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 25, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Thank you, you definitely should! :)

  • Reply Jenni October 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Looks delectable! The ingredients are very simple, thanks for the recipe!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 25, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      It really is easy to make. Thank you!

  • Reply Jen October 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This looks amazing…love cashews!

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 27, 2016 at 12:35 am

      Me too, thank you!

  • Reply Jazz October 26, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! It does look way easier than I thought it would. :)

    • thehealthfulideas
      Reply thehealthfulideas October 27, 2016 at 12:36 am

      It really is! :) I actually couldn’t believe how easy it was when I first tried it.

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