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Crazy Good Creamy Salad Dressing

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I know… almost a whole week has passed since I posted the nacho “cheese.” I’ve been reeeaally lazy. And, I’ve been having loads of fun with my big sister (who can be thanked for the “cheese” recipe). This past weekend, my little sister drove up from her summer job a few hours away to spend some time with us.

Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to get a good picture of the three of us. We all pretty much hate being in front of the camera, but love being behind one. I did manage to get this nose/eyes shot of my sisters. It was a hot muggy day, but we dutifully went for a walk in the park and pushed little M on the swing.

Sisters

Anyways, where was I?

Oh yeah, my sisters! My little sister Emily (pictured on the right), got this fabulous salad dressing idea from her boyfriend’s mom. Emily made her own rendition of it while she was here, and since I’m so lazy, I just used the leftovers for this photo shoot. (Reality, folks.)

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And then, I threw together a salad with a bunch of lettuce/greens from the fridge. I tossed in some almonds, and pow! Dinner is served. :)

Really, though, that’s a complete lie because I never eat just salad for any meal. If I did, I’d probably look really good. But, yeah. I don’t know how people do that. I’d just get really hungry one hour later–yes, even with the almonds. Have I ever mentioned how much I admire people who eat completely raw? I just don’t think I could do it. Maybe I just haven’t given the whole raw thing a fair chance yet?

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Truth be told, if it weren’t for amazing vegan salad dressings like this one and this one, I’d never be eating salad. So thank-you, little sister Emily (and Isaac’s mom), for this great recipe!

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Need to be eating more salad yourself? Why don’t you go ahead and whip up a big batch of this stuff for yourself. (One recipe nearly fills a quart mason jar.) Keep it in the fridge for your salads this week.

Since I don’t believe that food by itself can make us healthy (and compassionate), I have to share with you one of my favorite Bible verses that reminds me of the One who brings health and happiness.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17 (King James Version)

Have a great week, ya’all!

Crazy Good Creamy Salad Dressing

Serves 8-10
Prep time 5 minutes
Allergy Tree Nuts
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Condiment, Salad, Starter
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or dill

Directions

Step 1
Blend all ingredients (except oregano or dill) in a high-speed blender. I use Vitamix.
Step 2
Add oregano or dill and just barely jog your blender to mix in the herbs, without blending them up.
Step 3
Serve cold on lettuce salad.
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  • Nancye June 13, 2013, 3:17 am

    Hello Lindsey. Don’t feel disheartened about going raw, I tried it, and it just didn’t suit me at all. It wasn’t just because I couldn’t live just on salads only, but because of other issues. I was exactly like you though, an hour later, I was starving. It did nothing to soothe my appetite at all. I admire people who can, and I have an acquaintance who is 100% raw, and she looks brilliant, but for me, no I can’t…so bring on some brilliant recipes for me to try…

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    • Lindsay June 13, 2013, 11:38 am

      haha! Thanks, Nancye! Good to know I’m not the only one. :)

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  • Nancye June 13, 2013, 3:23 am

    How long will it keep refrigerated, because we are into our winter months, so just interested…

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    • Lindsay June 13, 2013, 11:41 am

      Hmm…I would say probably 10-12 days? If you are eating it by yourself, I would put half of the recipe in the freezer. When your first 1/2 is almost gone, put the frozen 1/2 in the fridge. That’s what I usually do with big batches of salad dressing. :)

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  • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan June 13, 2013, 8:31 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing! Our CSA is full of salad greens and I’m beginning to get tired of the old olive-oil-and-vinegar.

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    • Lindsay June 13, 2013, 11:43 am

      Hi Kelly! Our CSA has been full of lettuce and greens too. Isn’t it wonderful?! I’m picking up our new CSA box today. MUST take pictures of it. I keep on forgetting to get pictures of everything all together. Today, I will remember. :)

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      • Kelly @ Vegan Iowan June 17, 2013, 9:10 am

        I made this last night! I don’t have a super-awesome blender/food processor, so I soaked the cashews for about an hour and just reduced the amount of water I added by a little. I skipped the dill and it was still fantastic! I am loving this dressing with mixed greens, black beans, avocado, and roasted pumpkin seeds.

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  • Katie November 3, 2013, 2:48 pm

    This sounds great! I’m trying to incorporate more salads into my diet while avoiding processed dressings, so I will definitely have to try this one out.
    I love the idea of freezing portions too- I don’t know why I never thought of that for homemade dressing!
    Thanks!

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  • Dianna Barrantes February 18, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I followed your recipe in a very lazy way and wow it came out amazing. I can only imagine how your recipe tastes when followed to a tee. Yummy! By the way it’s amazing over a backed potato and steamed green beans.

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