Balsamic Garlic Cashew Dressing Recipe

This balsamic garlic cashew dressing is simply delicious on almost any salad!

So I’m really getting into the idea of eating a salad with every meal. I don’t have one with breakfast, but I try to squeeze one in with all the rest of my meals. Nothing major, but enough to say I got my veggies.

Clean Eating Balsamic Garlic Cashew Dressing

I’m also back on my paleo plan, and things are looking up, or at least, my pants are fitting just a little looser right now. I threw away my scale, so I can’t be sure if I’ve lost any weight, but I will measure myself again in a few weeks and see if I’ve made any progress.

Mini Chef and I have recently taken up bike riding as well. After being in that car accident a while back, I just haven’t been able to get back into my running routine. But bike riding gives me no issues, so I’m sticking with it for now. All in all, I’m getting back to a healthy routine and my body is definitely thanking me for it. Amazing how your body breathes a “sigh of relief” when you give it healthy, whole food fuel, enough water and some daily movement. Such a great feeling!



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Clean Eating Balsamic Garlic Cashew Dressing

Balsamic Garlic Cashew Dressing

A deliciously creamy balsamic dressing that is dairy free!
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 61kcal


  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ½ cup water
  • salt to taste


  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 2tbsp. | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 72mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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  1. Looks delish! I am a huge fan of Western Dressing. Kind of a french, but darker red….if you ever want to go for a recipe for that, yum, yum!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Never heard of it, but I’ll check into it!

  2. Hi. I just finished reading a really interesting article regarding the paleo diet and when you mentioned it above, I thought you might be interested in reading it too. Take care!

    Quoting from the article:
    When you finally do find context for your diet within your life you KNOW it. Because you stop consciously thinking about it. Because it’s effortless. It grooves. And everything else in life becomes better. Because you have one less (big) thing on your mind.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kelly – Thanks! That’s a really great article!

  3. So happy to hear I’m not the only one who doesn’t have a scale. I just pay attention to how I feel and how my clothes fit rather than a number.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – Exactly!

  4. How long do you think it will stay fresh?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jessica – It will keep in the fridge for about 1-2 weeks.

  5. Do you think a white balsamic vinegar is fine to use? I like the gentler taste.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dawn – Sure!

  6. Finally got a chance to try this dressing. It was very tasty. I was getting tired of the lemon & EVOO I had been using day after day after day. I did put stevia in it instead of maple syrup because of my diet restrictions; but it was delicious! Thanks.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cheri – My pleasure! I wish I didn’t get an aftertaste from stevia. If I didn’t, I’d use it too!