“Creamy” Cashew Caesar Dressing [vegan, gluten-free, paleo]

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Believe it or not, I’m not really a lover of a classic caesar salad. I don’t take well to strong garlic since I can’t stand when the flavor sticks with me, and I’m not a fan of mayo which goes into most caesars. I always like to make my own salad dressings so that I know that they are made with good, quality ingredients – no bad oils, GMO’s, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

In this dressing, I use soaked cashews to achieve a creamy, nutty flavor and garlic powder instead of fresh garlic for a more mild flavor (though if you like fresh garlic, feel free to add a clove in!). This dressing is light, yummy, and truly tastes delicious; even my family members who don’t normally go for my “healthy creations” thought that this salad was divine – if that doesn’t sell this dressing to you I don’t know what will :)!

Ingredients : 

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked for 4+ hours (for ultimate creaminess soak overnight)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tb water
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp gluten-free Worcestershire sauce (check the ingredients! I use this one.)
  • Pink salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions : 

  1. Drain and rinse soaked cashews.
  2. In a high-speed blender (I suppose a food processor would work too), combine all of the ingredients for the dressing, except for the pink salt, and blend until very smooth and creamy (you can add a little more water if necessary to get things moving).
  3. Test it out and add pink salt to taste. Feel free to adjust other seasonings as well at this time.
  4. Toss with salad greens or pour into a jar and store it in the refrigerator for later use.

Enjoy!

Lots of love, Worth

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