Do you remember last week when I wrote a post that talked about healthy foods and how to choose the healthiest foods? And remember how towards the end, I’d mentioned the benefits of a cashew salad dressing as opposed to olive oil and vinegar. The details generally were that within 10 minutes, your body begins to store the fat from the oil and vinegar dressing. But if you have a salad dressing that is made creamy by using cashew nuts, only a small part of that fat affects you and it takes hours to happen. And I gave you a really cool little mental picture of how that happens. It also explains why you can include nuts when you’re trying to lose weight.
So today I’ve got a wonderful Smokey Cashew Salad Dressing for you! Had it on our salad last night and it was delicious. If you like ‘smokey’ flavours, I’m sure you’ll love this wonderful addition to your salad repertoire. I know that I’ll definitely be making this a regular the salads that we eat.
Rich flavour and versatile!
Besides the flavour and how wonderfully it pairs with a bunch of fresh vegetables, it has a couple other great things going for it. One is that I didn’t have to add any oil to it! No oil and yet delicious, gotta be terrific right? And the second thing is, it’s very versatile. If you wanted to make it and then warm it to pour over pasta or broccoli, you’d have another award winning combination.
Anyway, enough pumping….time for the recipe right?
Smokey, Creamy Cashew Salad Dressing
Using raw cashews as its basis, this salad dressing hits all the bases. It's rich and creamy with a full bodied flavour that is darkly smooth.
- 1 cup raw cashews Presoak 10 min. in boiling water
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4-5 drops liquid smoke flavouring Start with 4 drops and test. Increase as needed.
- 4 dried tomatoes, 2-3" across Cut in half to add to blender.
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/8 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/6 tsp black pepper
- 1/6 tsp turmeric
Presoak the raw cashews for ten minutes.
Drain the cashews and put them in your blender. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the blender.
Turn the blender on and bring it up to top speed. Blend until creamy in texture. That's going to depend on your blender too of course.
Pour your delicious and nutritious smokey, creamy cashew salad dressing into it's storage bottle. I used a glass mason jar. Put it into the fridge now to cool and serve later. Unless maybe you don't mind a salad dressing that's room temperature in which case, enjoy immediately!
Versatile and delicious, it probably won’t be in the refrigerator long!
To be honest, I have no idea how long a 1 quart bottle of this salad dressing would last in the fridge. We ate it all right away! I imagine that it will last a few days because of the salt in the dried tomatoes. But you know, this is so different and delicious that I don’t think you’ll have any trouble deciding to have another salad the next night. Just so you can use the dressing again.
This very versatile recipe is so easy and can also be a terrific addition to a rice entre. While I used half the jar that this made, as a salad dressing, the next day I combined it with some rice and steamed veggies. Poured over the rice entree and mixed quickly, it made for a wonderful main dish that you’d be proud to serve to company. So give it a try ladies and let me know what you think. I’d love to hear from you on this recipe or well, practically anything that pops into your head. So take a minute, comment and we’ll chat! How’s that sound?
In the meantime, be safe, be kind and enjoy your day wherever you are!
As always, I will remind you that I’m not a medical doctor. I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health however. And that’s what I’m sharing here. All of it based on my own experiences and also the things that I’ve learned from the real experts! Those are the researchers and doctors who’ve seen the actual patients, worked in the labs and write the medical reports that are sprinkled throughout these posts.
My goal is to motivate and help you find your best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life. But I suggest strongly that you talk over any changes in your routines, with your doctor. This would include changes to your exercise routines and any medications you might be taking or other supplements.