A delicious, homemade Creamy Italian Dressing that is vegan, raw, dairy-free, oil-free and soy-free! So good you will never need store-bought again! Made with cashews, red wine vinegar and Italian dried herbs and ready in 5 minutes!
I don't eat salads very often, I'm more of a rice, beans and potato eater. However, I DO love salads when I do eat them and I love to load them up and drizzle on some amazing, creamy and bold-flavored dressing all over it. Most salad dressings are so loaded with oil, it's rather gross. This Vegan Oil-Free Creamy Italian Dressing will not have you missing the oil one bit.
This dressing was a reader request for her son who loves Italian dressing, but of course, consuming the oil versions are unhealthy. This one is not only oil-free, but it's made from healthy ingredients and all plant-based, as well as raw. Using raw cashews gives it the creamy factor and red wine vinegar and lemon juice give it that signature tart flavor. I added mustard powder, Italian dried seasoning, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, salt and just a small touch of syrup to help balance out the acidity. The result is a creamy, deeply-flavored and amazing.
It only takes 5 minutes to make too...just blend the raw cashews with the Italian herbs, spices, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, syrup, water and salt/pepper and boom, done. While it sure is delicious straight out of the blender, the true flavor is best after it has chilled and settled in the fridge for a bit. It reaches it's optimum flavor that way and thickens even more. It couldn't be easier either, just 8 ingredients (+ s&p and water)!
I hope you all love this Vegan Oil-Free Creamy Italian Dressing! Be sure to leave me feedback below after you make it and if you take a pic, I'd love to see it on Instagram or Facebook! Tag me #thevegan8 on Instagram, so I don't miss your pics!
Yields About 1 cup
Vegan Oil-Free Creamy Italian Dressing
A delicious, homemade Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing that is raw, dairy-free, oil-free and soy-free! So good you will never need storebought again! Made with cashews, red wine vinegar and Italian dried herbs and ready in 5 minutes!
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
5 based on 6 review(s)
3/4 cup (112 g) raw, unsalted cashews (While I prefer the flavor with all cashews, for a lower fat version, you can sub half white beans and half cashews, but I would not recommend all beans or it really does change the taste/texture)
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup or agave (use 2 teaspoons for less acidic flavor)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dry yellow mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tbsp (+ 1/4 teaspoon to add after blending) dried Italian seasoning blend without salt or red pepper (I use McCormick brand)
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
If you do not have a high powered blender, then you will need to soak your cashews for 8-12 hours, the longer the better. Drain and rinse, then proceed with the recipe. They may not get 100% smooth in a regular blender and I find blending in a food processor (if you don't have a Vitamix/Blendtec) gets things smoother than a standard blender.
Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until completely smooth and creamy. I found the flavor to be perfect, but if you want more tart, then add a bit more lemon or red wine vinegar. Keep in mind, that the flavor reaches it's true taste after chilling, as well as thickens even more. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon Italian dried herbs.
Chill in the fridge a minimum of an hour and then enjoy! When is sits overnight in the fridge, it will thicken up to the consistency of a dip, you can leave as is or add just a tiny bit of water to thin.
Hi! I'm Brandi, a wife and mom behind this blog who healed my husband's gout and my digestion issues through a plant-based diet. I'm not complicated, I keep things simple. All my recipes are 8 ingredients or less, not counting salt, pepper or water. They are allergy-friendly, as they are all vegan, oil-free and nearly all are gluten-free. You'll find lots of baked goods here, as I've been a baker all my life, it's my passion!