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Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing (OIL-FREE)

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  • Author: Gigi & Sersie
  • Total Time: 14 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This oil-free Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing is so dang yummy that you'll be convinced to ditch the store-bought stuff for good. This healthy, dairy-free Italian dressing goes beautifully on salads and bowls and is used as a dipping sauce for pizza.  #vegansaladdressing #creamyitaliandressing #cashews #healthyveganrecipes #danielfastrecipes #oilfree


Units Scale
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Simple Homemade Date Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp coconut aminos
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste (optional)


  1. Soak raw cashews in water overnight, or for 8 or more hours. (Note: If you don't have soaked raw cashews, see the Pro Tip below.
  2. Put soaked and softened cashews, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, water, coconut aminos, date syrup, garlic powder, paprika, and mustard powder (everything except for the Italian seasoning and black pepper) into a mini blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Finally, pour dressing into a mason jar or salad dressing jar. Add Italian seasoning and black pepper. Shake or stir well to combine.
  4. You can enjoy this dressing immediately, but it will thicken if you chill it in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

Store this vegan Italian dressing in an airtight container (e.g., mason jar or salad dressing jar) in the refrigerator for up to five days. This dress is not freezer-friendly.

Pro Tip

If you don't have soaked cashews and Homemade Date Syrup on hand, simply combine both the raw cashews and 1/4 to 1/2 of a pitted date into a small pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a gentle boil for 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cool water.



  1. Medium glass container to soak cashews or small pot for quick boil
  2. Mini blender
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Lemon squeezer
  5. Mason jar or salad dressing jar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Italian