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Raise your hand if you like creamy salad dressings?! Meeee too!! Especially now that fall is just around the corner and I don't want to give up eating raw salads, adding a creamy and delicious salad dressing is a match made in real-food-heaven.
The problem with store-bought salad dressings is that they are made to sit on the shelf for months at a time which means chemicals and additives galore. This is just gross. Do yourself a favour, go check the ingredients list of that creamy dressing in your fridge and if every single ingredient is not actually a real whole food, toss it out!
This salad dressing is creamy and tastes similar to a Caesar dressing, only better! Believe me, you won't miss the store-bought stuff one bitty. Cashews are the perfect nut to make dressings creamy in place of dairy or mayonnaise.
Here's the step-by-step instructions and the FULL recipe is below.
Add your soaked cashews to the food processor. I didn't have to lug out my 30lb food processor for this recipe thank goodness! This fit into a mini-food processor.
Add your flavour! Onion powder, fresh garlic, sea salt and pepper.
I always use certified organic herbs and spices to avoid irradiation. You can buy organic spices at all health food stores and in the natural foods section of most major grocery stores. Not only are they are going to be free of pesticides, but they taste WAY better. Organic foods have higher levels of phytonutrients and these plant medicines include compounds that give food flavour.
Add liquids and give it a whirl!
As mentioned in the recipe below, there is a range in the amount of water depending on how creamy you want it to be. Add water slowly so you can give it a taste test and decide. Just look at that creamy deliciousness!!
*I've given you a range for water because it just depends on how creamy you like it. With 1/2 cup of water only it's also great as a healthy dip for veggies or crackers.
The dressing recipe will give you more than enough for the salad.
The nice thing about kale is that it doesn't wilt easily so if you make extra you'll likely have leftovers for lunch the next day.
There you have it! Kale Salad with Creamy Cashew Dressing that'll knock your socks off.
Let me know what you think!
Have a joyous day!
I have to admit I'm usually too lazy to make my own salad dressings, but this one looks so good I just might have to give it a try!Reply
Let us know how it goes! Kate - Joyous Health Team
sounds delicious! will have to try asapReply
Looks great! How long do the cashews need to soak?Reply
Hi Laurie, Overnight is best, but at least a few hours. Kate - Joyous Health Team
Great recipes. Give us more. AppreciateReply
This is a fantastic recipe! Great flavour and very nice consistency on the kale. Just curious though, how long would you say the dressing itself lasts in the fridge?Reply
Hi Julia, It should keep for about 4 days in the fridge. Kate - Joyous Health Team
I just made this the other night and was amazed at how good it was. It was creamy and delicious. It was almost like the taste of hummus.Reply
Glad to hear it turned out well! Kate - Joyous Health Team
This was absolutely amazing! Never buying store bought Cesar dressing again!Reply
Glad it was a success! Kate - Joyous Health Team
I was wondering if it's possible to freeze it? Thank you for great recipes!Reply
Hi there :) I am day 7 of Grain Free detox, woot woot. Unfortunately I received my results for the IgG testing and I am intolerant to Dairy from cow, sheep and goat, gluten, red kidney beans, almonds, peanuts and cashews and a few other things! Which nut could I substitute instead of Cashew? Walnuts or Pecans? Thanks, ValerieReply
Hi Valerie, You might want to try a vinagrette-style dressing instead, since it's difficult to replicate the creamy texture with other nuts. Kate - Joyous Health Team
I am looking forward to trying this! I have everything except onion powder.......you think that would change it too much?Reply
Hi Karen! Maybe a little bit but it would be worth a try! You could try adding garlic powder in it's place as an alternative. Good luck! Heather- Joyous Health Team
This dressing has been a game changer. Yum! Even my little ones love it. Thank you!! Do you know the nutritional content? Fats? Calories? Carbs? Protein?Reply
Hey Lauren! So glad to hear your family is enjoying it! We don't have the nutritional values, but you can plug the ingredients into a nutritional calculator to find out. Here's one that you should find helpful: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp :) Heather- Joyous Health team
How long will this dressing last in the fridge? (on its own)Reply
Hey Erin! It's probably best to consume it within 3-5 days for utmost freshness! Rachel - Joyous Health Team
How long will this dressing keep for in the fridge?Reply
Hey there! I would say a max of 5 days.
Love it! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)Reply