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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.

Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

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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(4.6 from 15 votes)
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Theresa1 day ago
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Once ade, how long is it good for?

Maggie Paterson2 months 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 Dege4 months 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.

Kim4 months ago
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Creamy and tasty. Similar to bottled Italian dressing, only better.

Kram Ybrik9 months 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 Sanxchez9 months 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.

Susi9 months 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 Weber9 months ago
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Thank you I’m excited to try this.

MJ9 months ago
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I know this has been asked numerous times but are the chickpeas drained and rinsed?

Liz Turner9 months ago
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Hi MJ. The chickpeas should be rinsed and drained. We’ve updated the recipe to clarify. Thanks!

ALISON JOY STURDY9 months ago
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Easy and delicious

Gail Wyatt9 months 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 Schafflinger9 months ago
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Sounds good and interesting

Am Thibodeau9 months ago
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Are the canned chickpea drained?
How long will it keep in fridge?
This look good.

Sheryll9 months 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 Hollis9 months 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 Robertson9 months ago
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Hi there. Just wondering if you drain or rinse the chickpeas in this recipe? Thank you so much

Melissa9 months 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 Hollis9 months 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 Crowe9 months ago
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so good…heart healthy

ANNETTE9 months 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-Williams9 months 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 Koning9 months 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!

Alma9 months ago
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Can this be blended in blender? It sounds yummy!!

Lisa9 months ago
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Thank you for the ideas! The ingredients sound yummy. (Your english is as good as a native speaker)

maureen9 months ago
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Going to try! thank you

Dena Lowenberg9 months ago
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Thank you!

Kenyetta Golson9 months ago
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What can you use in place if the nutritional yeast?

Peggy Dyer Bland9 months ago
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I don’t like mustard, what can a use instead?

Lee9 months 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.

Rebecca9 months ago
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I read in the planner that you need to rinse and drain the chickpeas. Hope this helps you.

Cyndi9 months ago
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Thanks! Does it say how long it last in the fridge?

Karen FENSTERMACHER9 months 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 Treadwell9 months 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 Gordon9 months 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 Phelps9 months ago
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Do you have to drain or rinse the chickpeas?

Karen Phelps9 months 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?

Tam9 months ago
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Suggest a length of time this recipe is good in the fridge ?

Sarah9 months ago
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Enter the ingredients into My Fitness Pal and the nutrition facts will magically appear!

Wendy A Daniel9 months ago
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I’m going to try this! Quick question: Why is there no nutritional values, like calories, fat, fiber, etc?

JudiP539 months 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!

Kristi9 months ago
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The nutrition information would vary depending upon the type of plant based milk used.

Helen9 months 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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