Oil-Free Raw Chipotle Cashew Dressing

Chipotle Cashew Dressing – Healthy, Vegan, Oil-Free, Raw, Gluten-Free, Raw, Plant-Based Spicy Recipe with Mexican Smoky Flavor



Easy |  Servings: 12  |  Ready In: 5 minutes + soaking cashews |  Yield: 1 1/2 Cups

This spicy Raw Chipotle Dressing uses soaked cashews for a creamy, oil-free consistency. Use it as a healthy, plant-based, gluten-free sauce over Lentil Tacos, Easy Black Bean Cakes, or a make your own raw Southwest Salad.  You’ll devour the spicy Mexican flavor in this smoky vegan recipe.


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked over night
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup water

How it’s Done:

To make the Oil-Free Raw Chipotle Cashew Dressing:  First, soak the cashews overnight (or even a few days), to soften.  Then, drain the soaked cashews.  Rinse under running water.

Place the soaked cashews in a blender and add all remaining ingredients.  Puree until smooth.  Use more or less water to adjust the consistency to your preference.

Servings: 12
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Soaked cashews, lime, dates, and chipotle come together quickly in this easy, raw, oil-free vegan dressing

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Skip the Soaking: If you forget or don’t have time to soak the cashews, you can substitute the cashews with Cashew Butter (like peanut butter, but made with cashews).  1/4 raw cashews (soaked) = 1/2 cup cashew butter.

Not into smoky flavor?  If you’re not into the smoky chili flavors, swap out the chipotle powder for just 2 teaspoons of sweet paprika.

Microplane to Zest:  The zest of the lime has most of the flavor.  Use a Microplane zester to remove this without taking off any of the white pith

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (about 2 tablespoons)

Calories 50.16
Calories From Fat (58%) 29.04
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 3.47g 5%
  • Saturated Fat 0.61g 3%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 50.2mg 2%
  • Potassium 72.87mg 2%
  • Total Carbohydrates 4.28g 1%
  • Fiber 0.61g 2%
  • Sugar 1.46g
  • Protein 1.56g 3%
  • Calcium 1.87mg <1%
  • Iron 7.09mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 99.18IU 2%
  • Vitamin C 0.57mg <1%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Organic Raw Cashews by Food to Live (Non-GMO, Whole, Unsalted, Bulk) — 8 Ounces
  • Frontier Ground Bottle, Chipotle, 2.15 Ounce
  • McCormick Culinary Paprika, 18 oz
  • Microplane 46116 Spice Grater-Rasp


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