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Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Nutmeg Notebook Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Salads are a big part of my weekly menu and I’m not talking about little itty – bitty side salads. No I am talking about Big Beautiful Salads – BBS for short! Thankfully hubby Tom also likes these salads and we can make a meal out of them. Like most people we enjoy a creamy salad dressing with all those lovely greens and vegetables. With a little experimentation I came up with a creamy delicious no oil balsamic dressing that works well with so many different types of salads. You are going to love this one!

It’s wonderful on a green salad, broccoli slaw or potato salad.  The dressing gets thicker after it chills in the fridge. I try to keep some dressing made and in the fridge at all times. Preparation is key to being able to eat healthy when hunger strikes! I use the Costco Balsamic vinegar for this dressing. The cannellini beans make it thick and creamy. It doesn’t taste “beany” – you would never know it was made with beans.

Nutmeg Notebook Creamy Balsamic Dressing / See below for an option with no dates

  • 1 box or can of cannellini beans no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar *
  • 4  Medjool dates** – pitted (depends on how sweet you like it – you could use less or more)
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon Mustard or no salt added mustard
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk ( I use almond milk)
  • 2-3 teaspoons Garlic & Herb no salt seasoning or you could use 2 fresh garlic cloves

Mix all the ingredients together in a high power blender  like a Blendtec or Vitamix until smooth and creamy. It thickens after chilling in the fridge.

If you have a regular blender you might try soaking the dates in warm water to soften them so they will blend better.

*For a slaw salad I suggest you use the white balsamic vinegar – Trader Joe’s has a good one and other stores also sell white balsamic vinegar. The lighter color looks better on a slaw. The white balsamic is a lighter flavor but it still makes a yummy dressing.

**If you don’t want to use dates you can do what my friend Sharon Klupt McRae does – use Napa Valley Naturals Grand Reverse Balsamic vinegar that only has a 4% acidity. It is a thicker, reduced balsamic that is sweeter.

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  1. VeganMarr says:

    Long been doing balsamic and mustard but adding the beans and plant milk sounds like a wonderful way to make it creamy,thank you! Good alternative to tahini dressing that can be a high fat way to get a creamy plant dressing.

    1. Tami says:

      Balsamic and mustard is a great combo VeganMarr. I tend to avoid the fats so the dressing gives me the creaminess with out the fat! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

      Happy Cooking,

      Tami

  2. Kaye Carpenter says:

    Tami so excited to see all you are sharing. You sound like a pro on you tube.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Kaye – that is so nice of you to say! Happy Holidays!

  3. Ana says:

    Hi Tami, would I be able to use dairy milk instead if that’s what I have?

    1. Tami says:

      I’m sure you could.

  4. Cathi says:

    We love this a dressing. Family raves every time they eat it.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Cathi – that makes me smile from ear to ear!

  5. Barbara says:

    This was so yummy! I LOVE that the “creamy” isn’t from nuts like so many other recipes. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for taking the time to let me know you liked the creamy balsamic dressing. It’s so easy and yet so delicious.

      Happy Healthy Cooking,

      Tami

  6. Meta Pope says:

    When you are working with a dressing like Ranch and it calls for cashews that you soak first. How many ounces or cups of white beans do you substitute for the cashews? I am loving your blog with ALL your recipes. I have been reading right now and haven’t tried your Balsamic dressing yet. Thank you for ALL the hours, time and energy that you have put into this. It’s absolutely wonderful!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Meta,

      When subbing beans for cashews I usually begin with the same measured amount. Sometimes it’s enough and sometimes you need more but its a good starting point. I have also found that a cooked Japanese Sweet Potato can sometimes be a good substitute for cashews – it adds a sweetness that the cashews have. Experiment and have fun with it!

      Thank you for your kind comments – the blog is a labor of love!

      Happy healthy cooking!

      Tami

  7. PJ says:

    This recipe was a huge nope for me when I first read it. Beans? Are you kidding me?! Don’t ask me what made me try it anyway. But it’s now my forever every-day go-to salad dressing. It’s delicious! It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart (I only used 2 dates), it has great mouth-feel, it’s thick enough to cling to a salad, and you’d never know the beans are there. No nuts, no oil! All that, and high fiber and protein, too!

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you for giving it a try PJ! It really is surprising how delicious it is and no bean flavor comes through!
      Happy healthy cooking!

  8. Mary says:

    I am just about ready to make a second batch of this wonderful dressing. The taste is just so amazing! It is hard to believe there is no added fat.
    I am going to an “end of the ski season” picnic this weekend and this dressing is going with me. I love salad and now I have a guilt free dressing to go with them! Thank you for all the experimenting you do to create your recipes.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Mary,

      You are so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to let me know how much you like this dressing. It is becoming the most popular recipe on my blog! I am delighted that you are enjoying it. The flavor really is amazing!

      Have a great time at your event.

      Hugs,
      Tami

  9. Sam says:

    Oh my goodness. I just made this. It’s delicious! Thank you so much. We went completely plant based mid last year after my husband’s open heart surgery. I’ve been looking for a yummy creamy salad dressing.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Sam,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love knowing that people are enjoying this salad dressing. Congratulations on going plant based for you and your husbands health!

      Happy healthy cooking,

      Tami

  10. heather says:

    I was wondering if you recommend a certain garlic and herb no salt spice? McCormick’s perhaps

    1. Tami says:

      I do like the McCormick’s one and Mrs Dash has one too!

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