Creamless Creamy Herb Dressing
Why This Recipe Works
To make a creamy herb dressing with lively flavors, we based our recipe on soaked and pureed raw cashews (inspired by vegan nut cream) instead of dairy or mayonnaise. Grinding the nuts first allowed us to decrease the typical overnight soaking time to just 15 minutes. To further streamline the process, we hydrated the ground cashews with the other dressing ingredients (which included water in most cases) rather than soaking them in tap water and draining them. Using onion and garlic powders instead of the fresh alliums prevented the dressing from tasting too sharp as it sat, thereby extending its shelf life. Because the dressing was initially warm from the friction of blending, we chilled it before adding minced herbs to prevent them from wilting. This dressing is a twofer: Use it as a dip or thin it slightly with cold water for drizzling over salad.