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Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing – Connoisseurus Veg

This creamy vegan blue cheese dressing is full of flavor and easy to make! Rich, creamy, and perfect for everything from salads to dipping!

Wooden Surface Set with Water Glass, Celery Sticks, Carrot Sticks and Bowl of Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

My husband has been asking for a vegan version of blue cheese (his favorite!) forever. It took me a long time before I could bring myself to make an attempt at creating one though. Blue cheese is tough! Not only is it dairy-based, but it’s a weird cheese made with a very specific type of mold, and unfortunately, they don’t sell that particular type of moldy cheese in vegan form at any of the stores I frequent.

The flavor is really tricky to replicate, but I finally decided to give it a shot. I made my dressing with a cashew base, crumbled tofu for texture, and a few seasonings that have flavors reminiscent (to me) of blue cheese, like dill, red wine vinegar, and miso.

The verdict: this vegan blue cheese dressing is delicious! My husband said he’d gladly drench his salads in this stuff dressing any day.

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What You’ll Need

  • Raw cashews. They must be raw. Roasted cashews will make your dressing taste like cashew butter, which isn’t at all what we’re going for! You’ll also need to soak your cashews for a while to soften them up.
  • Water.
  • White miso paste. Look for this in the international foods section of your supermarket, or at an Asian market.
  • Red wine vinegar. You could get away with subbing another variety of vinegar, such as white or apple cider if you don’t have this type on hand.
  • Onion powder.
  • Garlic powder.
  • Salt.
  • Tofu. Use extra firm or super firm tofu.
  • Fresh dill. I don’t recommend subbing dried dill here.
  • Fresh parsley. Again, stick with fresh for best results!

How to Make Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

The following is a detailed photo tutorial on how to make this dressing. Scroll all the way down if you’d like to skip right to the recipe!

  • Place your cashews and water into a blender or food processor bowl. Blend until smooth. Be patient — this can take a few minutes, depending on what type of blending device you’re using.
  • Add your miso paste, red wine vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Blend again to mix everything in.
Two Images Showing First two Stages of Blending Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Crumble your tofu into the blending container and add chopped dill and parsley.
  • Pulse the device, just to get everything finely chopped and mixed in. Don’t overblend — blue cheese is chunky!
Two Images Showing Last Two Stages of Blending Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Now taste your dressing and adjust any seasonings to your liking.
  • Dig in!
Hand Dipping a Celery Stick into a Bowl of Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

Shelf-Life & Storage

Vegan blue cheese dressing will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for about 4 days, or in the freezer for about 3 months. It might separate a bit during storage — just stir it back up before serving!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this dressing gluten-free?

It is!

Is there a substitute for cashews in this recipe?

I haven’t tried the recipe with any substitutions, but raw sunflower seeds or macadamia nuts can often be used in place of cashews. I can’t see why they wouldn’t work in this recipe!

Is there a substitute for tofu in this recipe?

You can leave it out if you’d prefer. The dressing won’t be chunky, but it will still have all the flavor.

How is vegan blue cheese served?

Try drizzling it on a salad, spreading it on a sandwich, or using it for dipping veggies!

Bowl of Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing On a Plate with Celery and Carrot Sticks, Water Glass in the Background

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Bowl of Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing Surrounded By Carrot and Celery Sticks

Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

This creamy vegan blue cheese dressing is full of flavor and easy to make! Rich, creamy, and perfect for everything from salads to dipping!

Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1
    cup
    raw cashews,
    soaked in water 4 to 8 hours, drained and rinsed
  • ½
    cup
    water,
    plus more as needed
  • 2
    tablespoons
    white miso paste
  • 2
    tablespoons
    red wine vinegar
  • ½
    teaspoon
    onion powder
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    garlic powder
  • 4
    ounces
    extra firm tofu,
    crumbled
  • 2
    tablespoons
    chopped fresh dill
  • 1
    tablespoon
    chopped fresh parsley
  • ½
    teaspoon
    salt,
    plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the cashews and ½ cup of water into a blender or food processor bowl. Blend until smooth.

  2. Add the miso paste, red wine vinegar, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Blend again until everything is well mixed.

  3. Add the tofu, dill, and parsley. Pulse the machine until everything is well mixed but the dressing is still chunky. Be careful not to overblend.

  4. Taste-test the dressing and season it with additional salt to taste. Thin with additional water if needed.

  5. Serve immediately or chill for later.

Recipe Notes

Makes 1 cup of dressing, assuming you only use ½ cup of water.

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons (⅛ of recipe))

Calories 120
Calories from Fat 78

% Daily Value*

Fat 8.7g13%

Saturated Fat 1.7g9%

Sodium 327mg14%

Potassium 152mg4%

Carbohydrates 8g3%

Fiber 0.8g3%

Sugar 1.8g2%

Protein 4.3g9%

Calcium 52mg5%

Iron 2mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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