Are you ready to make all your sweet-tasting salad dreams come true?
Say hello to the latest oil-free, vegan, nutritarian, no-refined-sugar dressing on the block: this no-oil citrus salad dressing stars just 5 easy ingredients and is ready to rock the rest of your summer salads!
This dressing is light, bright, naturally sweet and full of citrus flavor! It’s perfect over a bed of crispy kale with fruits of all kinds–we’re talking mango, strawberries, pineapple, and oranges (of course).
And it all begins with freshness…
Yes, Fresh Citrus Makes a Difference!
When you’re dealing with only 5 ingredients you really need to let them shine.
Speak for themselves, do their thing, so to speak.
Round up some oranges (I prefer Navel best in this recipe) and lemons and grab an old-school juicer–yup, that’s what I use! And it’s oh-so-much fun to get a little stress-relief action going while you press and twist on that citrus (yeah, I bust rhymes too).
If you’re not about juicing yourself, check out your local markets for fresh orange juice. Whole Foods has a great fresh-squeezed orange juice machine and my kiddos happen to be entranced watching it work.
The point here is: the oranges matter in this dressing–so invest in flavor!
To Soak or Not to Soak?
But, I don’t always have time to soak them. And I happen to love it when a recipe can use plain raw cashews without the extra soak-time!
Now soaking or not is completely up to you but keep in mind there are plenty of health benefits to soaking first.
Does this mean I always do it? Nope. If you catch me on the right day or I feel the recipe really benefits from it, I soak.
Generally you want to soak raw cashews for 2 to 4 hours before use. The results are, in my opinion creamier, and the soaking actually removes anti-nutrients like phytates, tannins and goitrogens and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors. (read here for more info on soaking).
No-Oil Citrus Salad Dressing
A bright, light, sweet, oil-free, vegan, nutritarian, no-refined-sugar citrus dressing that's perfect on summer salads!
- 1 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed prefered, Navel recommended)
- 1/2 cup cashews, raw (soaked and drained or plain raw)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds, raw
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp orange zest (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend about 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
Makes about 2 cups.
Stores well for up to 12 days in air-tight glass container.
If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear what you think–please leave a rating and comment below!