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Creamy Basil Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free

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This creamy basil dressing is so delicious! Made with raw cashews, fresh basil leaves, and some other important seasonings, this oil-free dressing is perfect for salads, sandwiches, vegetables, as a dipping sauce, or to drizzle on pasta.

creamy basil dressing in a jar with cashews and basil leaves in the foreground

Let me tell you why I love this oil-free basil dressing!

  • easy to make
  • oil-free – not fat free becasue of the cashews BUT pretty low in calories
  • creamy, yet lite tasting
  • flavorful
  • versitile – goes on salad, sandwiches, pasta, and veggies
creamy basil dressing with a vegetable tray
Creamy Basil Dressing makes a yummy dip for veggies, bread, or crackers

For some other tasty vegan dressings and sauces, try my:

Hey, it’s all about the sauce! Squeeze it, drizzle, or pour. Sauces add just that little bit “extra” to plant-based meals.

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Ingredients needed to make Creamy Basil Dressing

ingredients for creamy basil dressing including raw cashews, oat milk, basil leaves, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, onion and garlic powders, italian seasoning, and salt

How to made the best creamy basil dressing!

Step 1: Soak the cashews and prep the basil

The best cashews to use for creamy sauces and dressings are raw and unsalted. I have not been able to find any at my grocery and so I order from Amazon. For the purposes of soaking and making dressing or sauce, cashew pieces are fine and a little less expensive than whole cashews.

Soak the raw cashews in hot water for about 30 minutes. Make sure to discard that nasty water after they’ve soaked!

cashews in glass pyrex measuring cup soaking in hot water

If your blender is not a high-speed blender then you will need to soak a little longer. Soak for up to two hours or until you can easily dig into the soft flesh and break a cashew apart with your nail.

If you decide to use regular roasted and salted cashews then soak overnight and make sure to triple rinse that salt off!

Next, gather and measure the fresh basil leaves. And yes, you must use fresh basil leaves for this one! I like to buy the freshest basil possible.

basil plant
Can you practically smell it?!

Step 2: Blend it all together

Make sure to drain and discard the soaking water. Add all of the ingredients to your blender including the soaked cashews, basil, plant milk, and seasonings. Blend on high for 3-5 minutes until everything is creamy, smooth, and well blended. And that’s it! You’ve got creamy basil dressing.

Serving suggestions

creamy basil dressing drizzled on pasta

Serve on pasta for a pop of flavor. This would be delicious with my Homemade Pasta Sauce with Artichokes.

Use as a dip for vegetables, crackers, or bread.

This basil sauce is super yummy on veggie sandwiches and wraps.

creamy basil dressing drizzled on a sandwich

This homemade basil dressing should keep in the fridge for at least a week if tightly covered. Just take it out and give it a good shake or stir and you are ready for creamy basil flavor!

I love putting my dressing and sauces in these squeeze bottles. They have a nice tight lid and I can just take them out of the fridge and squeeze away!

two plastic squeeze bottles - one with jalapeno ranch dressing and the other with creamy avocado sauce

The printable recipe card with full ingredients and directions

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creamy basil dressing in a jar with cashews and basil leaves in the foreground

Creamy Basil Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free

This creamy basil dressing is so delicious! Made with raw cashews, fresh basil leaves, and some other important seasonings, this oil-free dressing is perfect for salads, sandwiches, vegetables, as a dipping sauce, or to drizzle on pasta.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Sauce, Topping
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil dressing, vegan dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
soaking time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 56kcal

Equipment

  • high-speed blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews raw and unsalted
  • water for soaking – discard
  • ¾ cup oat milk can sub in another unsweetened plant-milk
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Cover the cashews with hot water and soak for 30 minutes. Discard the soaking water.
  • In a blender place the soaked and drained cashews, plant milk, basil leaves, nutitional yeast, lemon juice, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and salt.
  • Blend on high for about 3 minutes until everything is creamy and smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 5-7 days. The dressing will thicken slightly in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
By on July 12th, 2021

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Veggie Fun Kitchen by Cindy Rainey
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