Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Dressing {Dairy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing {Dairy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free}

 

Dairy-free doesn’t have to mean deprivation! Did you know you can use cashew butter to make a creamy dairy-free and vegan salad dressing? Yes, you sure can! Say hello (and hallelujah) to my Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing!

My daughter has been on an anti-inflammatory diet for several weeks, which means no dairy. She loves dairy, so it’s been a little bit of a challenge.

Take salads, for example. A big pile of crispy lettuce and all the veggies means a creamy salad dressing is a must! But how can you make a creamy dressing without dairy?

You need to get a little…nutty

Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing Recipe

Wildly Organic Cashews can be used to make dairy-free versions of typically dairy-laden foods. From No-Bake Matcha Cheesecake to Dairy-Free Cashew Cheese, cashews can make some seriously dairy inspired treats!

In fact, I once had a vegan cheese ball made from soaked cashews and I could not tell that there was not one speck of actual cheese in it! I’m a dairy lover, let me tell you. So if I was fooled by it, anyone can be!

You’ll find plenty of cashew-based salad dressings out there, so what makes this one so different?

Many of those cashew salad dressing recipes start with soaking the cashews then blending in a blender or food processor. Depending on the quality of your machine, you may or may not get a smooth cashew butter.

Wildly Organic has already done the work for you so you can skip that step! They’ve taken their raw, soaked, and dehydrated cashews and turned them into a magical, velvety nut butter so you don’t have to!

Trust me if you love cashews, then you’ll love Wildly Organic Cashew Butter! It’s great for eating on toast, slathered on fresh fruit or to make dairy-free recipes like this cashew butter salad dressing!

It truly does not compare to other cashew butter I’ve tried. There’s no overpowering flavor of cashews. It’s just a mild flavor that pairs very well with lemon and basil. And it’s so buttery and smooth! Plus, it makes this salad dressing so easy! No soaking or blending of cashews necessary.

Tips For Using And Storing This Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing.

This salad dressing is best used right away so I recommend making small batches. Since you don’t have to mess with turning whole cashews into nut butter, it’s super quick and easy to make.

This dressing can thicken when refrigerated, depending on how much water/lemon juice you use. You can do one of two things:

  1. Take the dressing out of the refrigerator several minutes before you want to use it to warm up a bit, then give it a good stir. You can also add a bit more water or lemon juice.
  2. Add additional water or juice when you make it.

Since I think this dressing is best made fresh, I don’t care to add extra water to it initially but you certainly can if you like. You may need to adjust the seasoning a bit if you do this.

Enjoy the fresh, flavorful bounty of summer this year in your salad bowl, dressed with this easy Creamy Lemon Basil Cashew Dressing. Bright, tangy lemon, fragrant basil, and garlic combine to make this easy salad dressing. You won’t believe it’s dairy-free!

Need some salad inspiration? Try these recipes!

Will you try this Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing on your favorite salad?

Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing
Did you know you can use cashew butter to make a creamy, dairy-free and vegan salad dressing? This Lemon Basil Cashew Butter Salad Dressing is so easy! Bright, tangy lemon, fragrant basil, and garlic combine to make this easy salad dressing. You won’t believe it’s dairy-free!
    Servings1 cup
    Prep Time5 minutes
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. In a small bowl or glass measure, whisk the lemon juice into the cashew butter until smooth.
    2. Add seasonings and whisk well.
    3. Add water as desired. If serving immediately, I recommend 1/4 cup for best flavor. If refrigerating, add up to 1/4 cup more to maintain a pourable consistency. You may need to adjust the seasoning a bit.
    Recipe Notes

    If dressing is too thick after refrigeration let it warm up a bit and give it a good stir. Or add a small amount of water or lemon juice to thin.

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