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Glass bottle filled with creamy cashew dressing. Salad is in the background in a metal dish.

Creamy Cashew Salad Dressing {oil-free vinaigrette}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2
  • Yield: About 2 cups (16 oz) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Love a good vinaigrette, but not the oil? If so, you will go nuts for my creamy cashew salad dressing. This oil-free vinaigrette takes about 2 minutes to make in your blender & keeps for weeks.



  • 1 cup (150 g/ 5.3 oz) raw cashews
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (325 mL) cold water
  • 3 and 1/2 tablespoons (52 mL) vinegar (I used white wine vinegar)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs or herbes de Provence
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon sweetener (e.g., coconut sugar, maple syrup, cane sugar)


  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender. Process on high until completely blended and smooth, stopping to scrape down the container once or twice (note: the dressing will be fairly thin at this point).
  2. Taste the dressing; adjust any of the seasonings to taste (e.g., salt, pepper, herbs, vinegar, garlic) and re-blend as needed.
  3. Pour the dressing into a jar or other container. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to thicken.
  4. Shake the container, as needed, to remix the dressing.


Storage: Store the dressing in an airtight jar or other container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Vinegar Options: You can use the vinegar option you prefer. For example, apple cider vinegar, sherry vinegar, red wine vinegar, or balsamic vinegar.

  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Blender


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons (30 mL)
  • Calories: 46.5
  • Sugar: 0.5 g
  • Sodium: 124 mg
  • Fat: 3.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.1 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 1.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: cashew, oil-free free, salad dressing, vinaigrette, vegan, healthy vinaigrette, oil-free salad dressing, salad, creamy

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