Wait wait, we know what you are thinking…cashew cream?! Calm down, it’s okay, we did it on purpose! In an effort to cut back on processed foods containing preservatives and excessive amounts of sugar, we have been on a kick lately whereby we have been making our own salad dressings and vinaigrettes instead of buying them. We find that when we buy bottled dressing, either we end up with a shelf full of part bottles of dressing, or we get tired of having the same dressing over and over in an effort to free up some space in the fridge. Making our own gives us the opportunity to try new flavour combinations as often as we like without spending an exorbitant amount of money on premade dressings that take up valuable fridge space.
The soaked cashews actually add a nice creamy texture to this dressing with using any artificial additives or thickeners. Already a vegetarian recipe (most Caesar dressings contain anchovies), this dressing could easily be made vegan by cutting out the Parmesan cheese and adding more nutritional yeast. The intense flavour profile of this fresh made dressing easily outstrips that of any purchased dressing we have yet tried. Give this one a try, you won’t regret it!
¼ cup soaked cashews
3 ½ Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp nutritional yeast
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp Dijon mustard
almond milk if needed for consistency
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large bunch of kale, washed and chopped
Chicken tenders, croutons or flatbreads are optional
Soak cashews in a bowl of warm water for 6-8 hours. Drain and rinse. Using a food processor, blend the cashews until a creamy texture is reached. If you do not have time to soak the cashews, soak for as long as possible before hand, then after adding all other ingredients, add almond milk a bit at a time while food processing dressing until desired consistency is reached. Add remaining dressing ingredients to creamed cashews and process until smooth texture is achieved. Toss with kale and enjoy!