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Creamy Basil Dressing, Vegan and Oil-Free

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
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.
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  • high-speed blender


  • 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


  • 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.


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