Oil-Free Miso Cashew Asian Sauce


Oil-Free Miso Cashew Dressing – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Vegan Recipe

Easy |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 5 minutes |  Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

This easy, oil-free Miso Cashew Dressing packs the flavor!  Salty miso paste, sweet dates, and rich cashews come together quickly for bold Asian flavor.  Use over a Black Forbidden Rice Bowl,  Asian Adzuki Bean Salad, or Easy Raw Nori Rainbow Rolls.


  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew pieces, soaked
  • 8 pitted dates (about 1/4 cup or 50 grams)
  • 2 teaspoons (20 grams) Miso paste
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) water

How it’s Done:

To make the Oil-Free Miso Cashew Dressing: Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.  Place in a blender along with the remaining ingredients.  Puree until smooth.  Add water, if needed, to reach a pourable consistency similar to Caesar dressing.  Taste to adjust seasoning.

To Assemble the Black Forbidden Rice Asian Bowl with Tofu and Miso Cashew Sauce:  Between 4 big bowls, divide the ingredients evenly:  black forbidden rice, roasted tofu, sautéed vegetables, and Miso Cashew Dressing.  Sprinkle with Gomasio.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

Enjoy with Asian Adzuki Bean Salad, Detox Salad, or Easy Raw Nori Rainbow Rolls.

Black Forbidden Rice Asian Bowl with Tofu, Miso Cashew Sauce – Healthy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Vegan Recipe

Chef’ Katie’s Tips

Oil-Free and Refined-Free Mission: I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories, and oil and sugar are the most calorie-dense foods. For this recipe, roasted cashews add rich, nutty flavor, while also bringing healthy fiber and key nutrients. Dates add natural sweetness, as well as fiber.  You can substitute the cashews with other roasted nuts and seeds (pistachios, pumpkin seeds, or ½ an avocado are my favorites). For a less calorie-dense option, swap out the cashews for 1 cup of chickpeas.  You can swap out the dates for another dried fruit (mango or raisins work).

Raw Version: This dressing uses roasted cashews to add a layer of rich, nutty flavor. For a raw version, simply substitute with raw cashews.

No time to Soak?  If you didn’t soak your cashews, don’t worry.  Just be sure to use hot water when pureeing the sauce, and let your blender run for a while – sometimes it takes 2 minutes for my cashews to get completely smooth and creamy.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 122
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6 g 9 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 98 mg 4 %
Potassium 82 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 14 g 5 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 6 %
Sugars 9 g
Protein 3 g 6 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 6 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Lotus Foods Gourmet Heirloom Forbidden Rice, 15-Ounce (Pack of 6)
  • KARMA Premium Whole Cashews, Dry Roasted Salted, 8 Ounce
  • Organic Seaweed Gomasio – Sesame Seeds Seaweed & Sea Salt 3.5 Ounce (100 grams) Jar


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