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  • Makes 1 cup

This light and creamy dressing gets its fullness from canned chickpeas. Drizzle this vegan Italian dressing over salads or grain bowls.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup unsweetened plant milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine all of the ingredients. Cover and blend until smooth.
  2. Chill, covered, until ready to serve.

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(4.5 from 18 votes)
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Mary3 months ago
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Can I omit the yeast?

Dan5 months ago
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I Am big Italian fan. I added 3 TBSPS Apple Cider Vinegar which really brings out the spices and gives it the zing. I also substituted Dijon for Yellow mustard and added Vegan Mayo. I of course doubled up on the spices but that’s a personal preference. Even my wife who is trying Vegan to support me ad doesn’t like Creamy Italian loved it.

Maria7 months ago
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Really like this recipe. I’m used to using olive oil, but this is a good replacement. Thank you

Karen8 months ago
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Mixed this as the dressing for a 3-bean salad — yum!

Haley Wong9 months ago
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I think I might prefer creamy nut based dressings. I added a clove of garlic and another 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning and this still just mostly tasted like nutritional yeast. It didn’t have the sour and tartness of an Italian dressing.

Shonda9 months ago
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Yeah, but..hummus is a great addition to salad.

Theresa10 months ago
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Once ade, how long is it good for?

Maggie Paterson1 year ago
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Added 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Drank the dressing that was left in the blender after pouring it on my salad. Delicious.

Emilie Dege1 year ago
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A good one. You need to tweak it a bit, like add more mustard or any of the ingredients. Instead of dry herbs, one can also blend fresh herbs of choice.

Kim1 year ago
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Creamy and tasty. Similar to bottled Italian dressing, only better.

Kram Ybrik2 years ago
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I understand we are attempting to eat all the healthy foods, but this does not taste anything like Italian dressing. The taste resembled beans with nutritional yeast. Not the best dressing for a salad.

Marina Sanxchez2 years ago
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I love your recipes and all your wonderful work. But, I just want to say that in Italy people don’t use “Italian” dressing they only use oil and vinegar.

Susi2 years ago
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Several comments about draining and rinsing chickpeas. Most of them contain additives along with the water so always best to rinse before using. Read the label as deciede if you want to consume the ‘extras’.
I think the sauce will be runny enough without the additional liquid from the can.

Wanda Weber2 years ago
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Thank you I’m excited to try this.

MJ2 years ago
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I know this has been asked numerous times but are the chickpeas drained and rinsed?

Liz Turner2 years ago
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Hi MJ. The chickpeas should be rinsed and drained. We’ve updated the recipe to clarify. Thanks!

ALISON JOY STURDY2 years ago
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Easy and delicious

Gail Wyatt2 years ago
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I think because there is 1/2 cup of plant milk you would drain the chickpeas. Otherwise the dressing would be too thin.

Margot Schafflinger2 years ago
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Sounds good and interesting

Am Thibodeau2 years ago
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Are the canned chickpea drained?
How long will it keep in fridge?
This look good.

Sheryll2 years ago
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I noticed several people asked the question I have and no answer appears.
How long will this Mayo keep fresh in the fridge please?

Kim Hollis2 years ago
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With all the other dressing recipes I’ve seen they usually last 3-5 days, 7 at the most. Opened canned chickpeas that’s also what the can says so just figure it out using what the ingredients say they will last in the fridge after opening

Tammy Robertson2 years ago
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Hi there. Just wondering if you drain or rinse the chickpeas in this recipe? Thank you so much

Melissa2 years ago
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Total calories for this recipe, approximately, if one IS counting calories, which I do, as I am trying to lose weight is around 200 cal for the whole thing. As it makes one cup, I’m presuming that’s going to be at least four servings, if you use a quarter cup. Sorry but the “details” don’t take care of themselves for me….I need to have a structure to guarantee that my weight comes down, stays down and does so in a healthy manner.

Kim Hollis2 years ago
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Some else put in a comment and using the my fitness pal app put in all the ingredients and it said 32 cal for one serving 2Tbs. Which is a normal serving size.

Jerry Crowe2 years ago
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so good…heart healthy

ANNETTE2 years ago
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My go to easy quick dressing that family and friends all love. Bonus – it’s so much more healthy and budget friendly than shop bought!

Dena Lowenberg-Williams2 years ago
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This is a great staple recipe! Thank you so much.
How long will it last in the fridge?

Claudia de Koning2 years ago
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I love dressing! I made mine: (sorry for my english, i am Dutch) Garlicdressing
Aquafaba form 1 can
Mix until stiff
4 cloves garlic in small pièces
Fresh herbes (they grow in my garden)
4 table spoons tahini
Mix
And Enjoy!

Alma2 years ago
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Can this be blended in blender? It sounds yummy!!

Lisa2 years ago
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Thank you for the ideas! The ingredients sound yummy. (Your english is as good as a native speaker)

maureen2 years ago
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Going to try! thank you

Dena Lowenberg2 years ago
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Thank you!

Kenyetta Golson2 years ago
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What can you use in place if the nutritional yeast?

Peggy Dyer Bland2 years ago
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I don’t like mustard, what can a use instead?

Lee2 years ago
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The mustard is an emulsifier, it keeps the dressing from separating quickly. You would hardly notice it if at all. Dijon mustard is frequently used in salad dressings for the same purpose. You could try a vegan mayo instead of mustard.

Rebecca2 years ago
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I read in the planner that you need to rinse and drain the chickpeas. Hope this helps you.

Cyndi2 years ago
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Thanks! Does it say how long it last in the fridge?

Karen FENSTERMACHER2 years ago
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I will definitely try this. I do echo a couple of the other comments though, about how long it stays good in the refrigerator?

Gay Treadwell2 years ago
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For you wondering about the nutritional figures. I used My Fitness Pal and the following is what it came up with: Figuring 2 Tbs per serving, 32 Cal., 0.8 g total fat, 0.3 sat. fat, 62.5mg sodium, 5.1 total carbohydrates, 1.2 g dietary fiber. 0.3 sugars, 1.7 g protein

Kim Gordon2 years ago
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I cannot wait to try this!!!!! I do not like balsamic and maple syrup in my salad dressings so have been looking and looking for a dressing that I will like. It is the one thing I miss the most in this way of eating. Thank you!

Karen Clark Phelps2 years ago
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Do you have to drain or rinse the chickpeas?

Karen Phelps2 years ago
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This is probably a stupid question but it doesn’t say if you drain and or rinse the chickpeas, did I miss that direction?

Tam2 years ago
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Suggest a length of time this recipe is good in the fridge ?

Sarah2 years ago
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Enter the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and the nutrition facts will magically appear!

Wendy A Daniel2 years ago
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I’m going to try this! Quick question: Why is there no nutritional values, like calories, fat, fiber, etc?

JudiP532 years ago
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Plus, most whole-foods/plant-based adherents do not count calories and macro/micro nutrients. If you’re eating a variety of whole foods, the details take care of themselves!

Kristi2 years ago
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The nutrition information would vary depending upon the type of plant based milk used.

Helen2 years ago
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I am piggy backing on Wendy’s question. As a diabetic it would be really helpful

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