High in fiber and a great source of magnesium (which makes your bones strong, helps control blood sugar, and has even been shown to relieve symptoms of PMS) – there’s no need to skimp on this salad dressing. It’s good for you! So, go ahead – use as much as your little heart desires.
An Oldie but a Goodie
This homemade, vegan Creamy Italian Salad Dressing is actually a re-post of a recipe that I posted back in 2012. Why am I re-posting it?
1. This vegan Creamy Italian recipe has consistently been one of the most popular recipes on this blog, so I decided you deserved a pretty, new photo.
2. After 7 years of making this dressing almost every week and finding hundreds of creative and delicious uses for it, I wanted to share these ideas with you.
3. Fresh garden tomatoes will be here soon and this dressing makes the best – and I do mean the BEST – tomato sandwiches.
4. It’s spring (!) and the fresh baby lettuce is just begging for some of this creamy, luscious dressing.
We eat this dressing – or variations of it – almost every week.
It helps transform a ho-hum salad into a fabulous Power Salad.
We also use it:
– in pasta recipes, like this lovely Pasta with Spring Vegetables.
– in these Artichoke-Stuffed Potatoes or over plain, baked potatoes. (It’s our preferred potato topping!)
– in pasta salad and over this Garden Veggie Quinoa Salad.
– over steamed veggies and in this Kale, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Salad.
– in sandwich spreads, like this yummy Chickpea Salad Sandwich Spread.
– even these Chickpea Spinach Nuggets are made with this luscious dressing.
We love it. And I think you will too.
Good Enough for Dessert?
Did you know that green salads actually feed your good gut bacteria and fight inflammation? It’s true.
But you have to actually eat the salad to get the benefits, and this dressing can help with that because it will make your salad tastes soooo good that you may even start craving salad for dessert. Ok, that may be a stretch, but I guarantee you will really, really like salad with this Creamy Italian Salad Dressing on it.
So Good for You!
Not only does this dressing help you eat more healthy salads, but the salad dressing itself is super good for you! It’s loaded with fiber (not many salad dressings can say that!) which makes it great for weight loss. And it’s also a good source of magnesium, manganese, and protein.
Better than Store-Bought
Even the healthiest dressing you can buy at the grocery store cannot compare with this salad dressing. Unlike store-bought dressings, this dressing is made from healthy, unrefined, whole food ingredients. And it even provides a good dose of fiber – something no dressing from the grocery store can boast.
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Vegan Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
Yield 1 1/4 cups
Made from healthy, whole-food ingredients, this lusciously creamy salad dressing is so delicious and so good for you!
- 2/3 cup water
- 2/3 cup raw cashews
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil - optional
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 2 teaspoons granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried minced or chopped onion – optional
- 1 1/8 teaspoons salt
- Place cashews in a colander and rinse under hot water. Drain well.
- Place 2/3 cup water, cashews, lemon juice, and garlic into blender and blend on high speed until very smooth and creamy. NOTE: For a smooth and creamy dressing, be sure to use a high-powered blender. Without one, the results won't be creamy.
- Add oil and blend very well.
- Add seasonings and blend until mixed.
- Stir before using.
Some have commented that they felt the dressing was too salty. Others have said that it is just right. If you like your food on the less-salty-side, you may want to start with less and add more to taste.