Vegan 1000 Island Dressing

I have finally found a way to do it!  I've made 1000 Island dressing that is completely vegan, oil-free, and nutritarian!  I am a very happy camper right now.  Here is one of my new favorite salad dressings, hope you enjoy!

Vegan 1000 Island Dressing
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened alternative milk (more to thin)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 10-15 dill pickle chips (more or less to taste)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp date sugar (or 1-2 pitted dates)
  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-3 radishes, finely chopped

  1. In a medium sized bowl, heat two cups of water in a microwave until steaming.  Place the raw cashews into the steaming water and allow to sit for 10-20 minutes.  Drain.  
  2. In a blender combine the soaked and drained cashews, alternative milk, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, pickles, onion powder, garlic powder, tomato paste, date sugar, and the 1/4 peeled cucumber.  Blend until smooth and creamy.  
  3. Add more dill pickles for more zing, and add more alternative milk to acquire the consistency you desire.  
  4. Scoop the blended dressing into a medium sized bowl.  Add the finely chopped vegetables and stir well.  Store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.

Amy's Notes:  I adapted this recipe from the 1000 Island dressing found in Dr. Fuhrman's book Eat to Live.  I've been loving this salad dressing all week, so I decided to make a large batch (what the recipe above will make).  I would suggest that you make half of the recipe before you make the larger one.  Soaking the cashews in hot water softens them up a bit to blend better in the blender.  You can also replace the cashews with 1/2 cup of cashew butter.
One of my old SAD (Standard American Diet) favorites used to be a big savory Rueban with sauerkraut, rye bread, and corned beef.  Oh, and of course, dripping with 1000 Island.  I think I feel a Vegan Rueban recipe coming soon... :)

What salad dressings are your favorite?  Are there any salad dressings you used to love that you'd like to try to "Nutritarian-ize"?