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Vegan Sauce Recipes: Creamy Za’atar Dressing


Despite being vegan for over five years, I’ve rarely worked with cashews for creamy applications. For my foray into cooking with this versatile nut, I chose to keep things simple and a bit understated, but nonetheless delicious. The result was this dressing, which is spiced with za’atar and delicious as both a dressing and a dip. Tip: if you don’t have time to sit around for three hours while the cashews soak (who does?!), soak them in boiling water for a half hour. I recommend a high speed blender for this recipe, but a regular blender will do as long as you blend thoroughly. Enjoy!

Creamy Za’atar Dressing


Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 02 minutes
Total time: 22 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2-3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon za’atar seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup


1. Soak cashews in water for at least three hours (alternatively, you may soak them in boiling water for 20-30 minutes).
2. Drain cashews and add to blender, along with lemon juice, za’atar, garlic, salt, and maple syrup.
3. Blend to combine ingredients, then slowly add water in a steady stream while the blender is running. Add more or less water depending on your preferred consistency (for a thinner dressing, add more water; if you prefer this as a dip, add less).
4. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

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Molly Lansdowne

Molly Lansdowne

Contributing Editor at Peaceful Dumpling
Contributing Editor Molly Lansdowne lives in Boston, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and traveling around New England. Follow Molly on Pinterest @bostonvegan and Instagram @molly_lansdowne.
  • Juhea Kim

    I love za’atar. I haven’t found them in NY but I’ll have to start poking around!

    so rustic, Molly! i imagine your kitchen to be in a shabby chic barn. hehe

    • Molly Lansdowne

      haahaha So funny you should say that. I was taking pictures and my roommate came in and commented about how dirty her baking sheets were getting. I said, “No! They’re rustic!!”

      • Juhea Kim

        omg i love love dirty baking sheets. they look so dramatic in a photo!! <3

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