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No Oil Southwestern Dressing

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: dressing, sauce
  • Cuisine: Southwestern


When you want a dressing that feels like a guilty pleasure, but healthy all at the same time, this rich and creamy dressing fits just the ticket. Dreamy, smokey No Oil Southwestern Dressing packs a punch of deliciousness that is sure to put a smile on your face. Perfect for salad drizzling, veggie dipping, and burger dolloping, making it this week’s awesome Whip It Up Wednesday recipe. Whole Food Plant Based recipe, no oil, no refined sugar, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.


  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • ½ teaspoon organic maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • ¾ cup water


  1. Quick soak the cashews by placing the cashews in a bowl, then add boiling water just to cover them. Soak for 20 minutes, then discard the water.
  2. Place the soaked cashews and all the remaining ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend on high for one minute until very smooth and creamy.
  3. Taste test the dressing, adjust the flavors as needed.
  4. Adjust the consistency by adding more water if needed.


*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  Makes approx. 1 cup of Southwestern dressing

*Storage: Refrigerate. Use within one week.