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Creamy Vegan Italian Dressing

This tangy, creamy & rich vegan Italian dressing is a great healthy condiment to have on hand ! Super easy to make, & only a few basic ingredients needed.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Soaking time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 people ( 2 tablespoon / serving )
Calories 80kcal
Author Meesha

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews *( see notes for substitutions )
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar **
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup ***
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard ****
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Presoak your cashews overnight, or in hot water for 20 minutes to soften them. This step is especially important if you are not using a high-speed blender ( like Vitamix or Nutribullet ).
  • In your blender, add in all ingredients and blend until smooth. If the dressing is too thick, add water, a tablespoon at a time to reach desired consistency. That's all !

Notes

*Cashews - Make sure to use raw cashews in this recipe. Raw almonds or raw sunflower seeds can be used to place for a nut-free version.
**White wine vinegar - Can be substituted for red wine vinegar. Use lemon juice instead to make it alcohol-free. 
***Maple syrup - Any kinds of liquid sweetener like agave syrup or even honey can be used, if not vegan. Liquid stevia will work too, but you will only need a few drops.
****Dijon mustard - Yellow mustard or a small pinch of mustard powder can be used in a pinch.
Storing - Refrigerate leftover vegan Italian dressing in mason jars or sealed containers for up to a week. It is also freezable too and can be frozen for 3 months.

To freeze, transfer dressing to ice cube trays and place it in the freezer for a few hours until they are frozen. You can now transfer them to any containers or zip-top bags before freezing them.

Reheating - When you are ready to use, let them defrost completely, either in the fridge or in the microwave. You will need to run it through the blender before using.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg