Cashew Caesar Salad Dressing

Cashew Caesar Salad Dressing


This blended dressing uses nuts to create a heart-healthy, no-oil take on a classic dressing.
  • Serves: 2 cups
  • Active Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hrs
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Step 1: Soaking the Cashews

• 1/2 cup raw cashews
• 2 to 3 cups warm water


In a medium bowl, soak the cashews for 3 to 4 hours to soften. Strain, reserving the cashews and discarding the liquid.

Step 2: Preparing the Dressing

• 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or other non–dairy milk
• 2 1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 1 clove garlic, peeled
• 1 1/2 tbsp kelp or dulse granules
• 1 tbsp natural sweetener such as fruit paste, agave, yacon or honey
• 1 tbsp light soy or chickpea miso
• 2 tbsp dijon mustard
• 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 1/2 lemon, juiced, to taste


To prepare the dressing, in a blender, add the cashews along with the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Adjust the sweetness and garlic if you wish.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


  • Karen Y
    Karen Y
    What are "kelp granules" and "light soy or chickpea miso" please?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Kelp granules are essentially dried seaweed. The granules are often used as a low sodium salt alternative. They can be found it most health food stores and/or Asian markets. They can also be ordered online from a number of places, including Amazon. Light soy or chickpea miso, is just referring to miso in general. But the word "light" is used to imply that you should use a light colored miso, for both color and flavor. Here is a video called "What is Miso" for more information. Hope that helps. Cheers!
  • Karin C
    Karin C
    I could only find kelp powder not kelp granules. Can I substitute the kelp powder? Thanks
  • Chad S Rouxbe Staff
    Chad S
    Hi there Karin - yes kelp powder could work great, same as substituting any other seaweed granules or powder. Just a couple things to keep in mind if powder is used. Due to the color, a powder will discolor the dressing, opposed to just flecks from granules, and also you will need slightly less since a fine ground is more concentrated. I hope that is helpful. Enjoy - Chad
  • Melodie W
    Melodie W
    Ok so what is the difference between humus and miso? Can humus be used instead of miso? Thanks, Melodie
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi Melodie - These are totally different foods. Miso is a highly salted and flavorful fermented soybean paste from Japan. It can sometimes be made from foods other than soy (like chickpea), but miso is a soy product 99% of the time. Hummus is chickpea puree seasoned with sesame seed paste and lemon (Mid Eastern). It's made from cooked chickpeas - nothing fermented about it! ~Ken
  • Melodie W
    Melodie W
    I made this tonight. I used regular mustard instead of Dijon. Would this be the reason that it tasted more like a honey mustard than a caesar dressing?
  • Srirat P
    Srirat P
    Hi:) Can i take sheet dried seaweed and break into the small flake to substitute for Kelp Granules. thks Tum
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Yes that should work fine — the flavor of the dressing will change, depending on the type of sheets/pieces you use. Cheers.
  • Srirat P
    Srirat P
    Thank you so much Dawn

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