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This easy 5-minute vegan cashew basil dressing will soon become your new best friend. Ready in no time, it elevates your salads and roasted veggies, and you can even turn it into a vegan cashew basil pesto version to serve with your pasta.

Vegan Cashew Basil Dressing

  • Author: Delphine Fortin
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This easy 5-minute vegan cashew basil dressing will soon become your new best friend. Ready in no time, it elevates your salads and roasted veggies, and you can even turn it into a vegan cashew basil pesto version to serve with your pasta.


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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (65g) raw cashews or unsweetened cashew butter
  • 2 cups (500 ml) fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 24 Tablespoons water

For the vegan pesto version, add:

  • 2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

Instructions

  1. If using whole cashews, place them in a bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak for 30 minutes minutes minimum or ideally 2 hours.
  2. Drain, place cashews in a food processor (or cashew butter directly) together with basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Process until smooth, adding water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency and stopping to scrape sides of the food processor as needed.

For the vegan pesto version:

  1. Add nutritional yeast to the other ingredients (minus the water) and process until nearly smooth. You want to keep a thicker and chunkier texture than you would have for the dressing.

Notes

To store: Transfer pesto to a mason jar with lid on, then chill up to 2 days.

Keywords: Vegan Cashew Basil Dressing