Summer’s Zest Cashew Dressing

The first time I made this dressing, I was with my parents. My dad came up with the name, ‘Summer’s Zest’, kind of like Summer’s Best. A vibrant, flavorful, and creamy dressing. Packed with flavor, and super easy to whip together.

Vegan Cashew Dressing

The uses for this dressing is vast. You can serve it raw as it is over a salad, or cook it up and serve it over roasted veggies, whole grains, and beans. Here are some ideas I had for the sauce:

  • Serve as it is over raw salad.
  • Use as a dip for raw or lightly steamed veggies.
  • Warm the sauce and serve it over whole grains, beans, cooked veggies.
  • Roast veggies and then pour the sauce over. Lightly cook the veggies with the sauce and then serve.
  • Serve the sauce warm over cooked lentil pasta and veggies.
Vegan Cashew Dressing



Summer’s Zest Cashew Dressing
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  1. 1 cup cashews
  2. 1-2 cloves garlic*
  3. 1 Tablespoon dried dill
  4. ½ cup chopped celery
  5. 1 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
  6. 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  7. 1/2-3/4 cup water, as needed for thinning
  8. ¼ cup fresh parsley
  9. Black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Store the sauce in airtight container in the fridge. Makes enough for about 4-8 people.
  1. *Use 2 cloves of garlic if you like it more garlicky.
  2. The dressing will thicken as it sits (depending on how much water is originally added). Feel free to add more water to thin it out if it does thicken.
Kristina DeMuth