Creamy Vegan Cashew & Fresh Herb Dressing

It’s here! Has Cupid come by to kiss you yet? I can see this morning there are a lot of folks pretty excited about Valentines Day. I hope everyone is feeling the love today!

It’s a day for the kids in our house, where they get to be reminded that their mother loves them. I like that, and so do they (they also don’t mind the Hershey’s kisses they find scattered on their bedroom floor when they awake). We’ve never really made a big deal about this holiday, me and my husband ~ mostly I think because we are lucky to have been married for many happy years. To risk sounding (just a little) smug and corny, we actually still enjoy everyday together. Like, a lot. I know, right? It’s pretty great and we try to tell each other as much as possible (and we certainly did this morning).

So…to balance off the heart shaped cookies and sweet delicious treats out there today, here is a way to celebrate freshness. You might just want to plan this one for tomorrow after the big Valentine’s dinner!This beautiful creamy salad dressing can be enjoyed with any meal. Because anyone taking the time to read blogs about food already knows the beauty in healthy food preparation made with love, all year round!

Creamy Vegan Cashew & Fresh Herb Dressing:

2/3 cup whole raw cashews
1 cup canola oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 bunch fresh dill (or substitute fresh basil or parsley)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp honey
1 cup water

Combine all ingredients except water in a blender. Start the blender and add water slowly, in 1/3 cup measurements to get the mixture swirling. Blend everything on high for 2 minutes until super creamy and smooth. Make sure there are no chunks of nuts left in the mixture – adding the water in increments helps to make this happen.

There is no need to soak the cashews in this case as the oil and water provide the extra silkiness. Store dressing in a sealed glass jar in the fridge. This should keep for 3-4 days. Delicious on crisp fresh greens (especially romaine lettuce or spinach) or cold steamed vegetables like asparagus or broccoli. Personally I celebrate any crutch to get more vegetables into my day. Especially when it’s this delicious!

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22 Comments on “Creamy Vegan Cashew & Fresh Herb Dressing”

    1. Shira

      Great idea! I have never tried it with hempseeds (I’ve only used them in smoothie) – let me know if you do try it. Hemp might overpower the other flavors but it might be good to add a few tbsp to this recipe too! Either way, let me know if you do try it! Love your blog! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    1. Shira

      Thanks so much Teri! I love to receive your kind notes of encouragement – it really means a lot!
      I hope you go try this one, it’s ‘rawesome’ for sure 😉
      Have a wonderful day!

    1. Shira

      Hey! Thanks for stopping in! Let me know how it goes – roasted nuts would be delicious (just a little heavier?) – keep us all posted what you do! I made it this week with basil and parsley, it was awesome too!

    1. Shira

      It’s SUCH a great dressing, I hope you try it (one of my all time faves actually and there are so many great ways to vary it)! Happy you enjoyed the post – it was an early one! Too cute you!! 🙂

      1. Somer

        Yes, I’ve been surfing your blog. Shhh. I’m getting lots of questions about recipes that I don’t have archives for, so I hope you don’t mind a little bit of linkage going on 😉 Besides, your stuff is too amazing to NOT share the love!

        p.s. I realized last night I have your theme too. Sorry! It’s not totally obvious because of the formatting, but I promise I wasn’t copycatting. Like you said, tastes in common 😉 The site is going to undergo some changes soon, so it won’t stay that way.

        1. Shira

          Sweet! Linkage is always great so I support! And I have zero worries about the theme as mine has been customized – it’s the best one out there in my opinion so of course you have great taste 🙂 X

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  2. julie

    I love salad dressings with cashews and will try it out but substitute canola oil with olive oil. My mom claims that canola oil is the devil and will do bad things to you. I think her reasoning is that it is genetically modified. Think of the rats who ate that GMO corn and got cancer. I’m sure others aren’t worried about it.

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