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Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Now that the weather is finally warming up, salads have started to take center stage on my table. But I will be the first to admit: I’m not a huge fan of them! I find salad to be kind of boring, tedious, and more of a chore than anything else. Until I created this creamy orange herb cashew dressing. Turns out, all I was missing from my bowl, was a little creativity.

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Using cashews in sauces—like cashew Alfredo—exploded onto the cooking scene a few years ago. Once you soak them, cashews become ultra creamy, and because they are such a mild nut, are the perfect base for a whole host of dishes. And guess what? You don’t need a crazy expensive blender or food processor for this creamy orange herb cashew dressing. In fact, my blender is on its last legs and regularly turns itself off while I’m using it. So if I can do it, you can definitely make it!

Let’s talk about flavor. This dressing is bright from the orange zest and lemon juice, zesty from the garlic and onion, and fresh from the cilantro and parsley. It tastes like a happy summer day. And while I chose to use it on salad, which I highly recommend, we also poured it over cold pasta, and used it to dip carrots and crackers. And my meat-eater boyfriend also said it would be awesome with steak, if that’s your thing.

Want to recreate my bowl that is pictured with this dressing? Here’s what is inside:

    • Quinoa
    • Kale massaged with olive oil
    • Roasted sweet potatoes
    • Lightly roasted chickpeas
    • Avocado

Because this dressing has so much flavor, I really didn’t spice any of those ingredients! A little salt and pepper was all it took!

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

Ultra creamy, packed with flavor, this is THE dressing to take your salads to the next level.
Prep Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, vegan, plant based, cashew, cilantro, parsley, onion, garlic, citrus, salad, dip
Servings: 1 heaping cup
Author: Molly


  • Blender


  • ¾ cup raw cashews soaked
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ orange juiced + zest from entire orange
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • cup fresh cilantro
  • cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ tsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp hot sauce or chili flakes
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • water- as needed, I used about ¼ cup


  • Begin by bringing 2 cups of water to a boil. Once it boils, remove the pan from the heat and add in the cashews. Let soak for one hour.
  • After one hour, drain the cashews and add them to you blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Start with a tablespoon of water.
  • Pulse a few times to mix and to break up the cashews. Add a tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture is able to spin and become completely blended. I like mine thick, so I used about ¼ cup of water total.
  • Blend until creamy.
  • Store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Enjoy!

Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

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5 thoughts on “Creamy Orange Herb Cashew Dressing

  1. Kimberly Gritman says:

    Thank you thank you for this awesome dressing!

    1. thymeforhoney says:

      You’re very welcome! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

  2. That sounds perfect for summer. YUM!

    1. thymeforhoney says:

      It really is! Those fresh herbs do it for me!

      1. I am with you. I love cooking with fresh herbs. 🙂