Creamy Cashew Dill Dressing (Ranch style)

Because leaves that are known as “feathery tips” and that smell that good need to be put into a creamy dressing.

  • 1 1/4 cups of unroasted cashews, left to soak 3-4 hours, then drained.  (FYI-once soaked, they will increase in volume)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (= the juice of 1/2 a small lemon)
  • 1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, roughly chopped (yes, raw garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (yes, aswell)
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (or a large handful of fresh feathery dill tips)
  • 1 Tablespoon salt   (Update: I can’t do it. I just cannot see TABLESPOON next to salt! Start with 1 teaspoon, and taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or a few fresh leaves)

NOTE. I adapted this from a recipe on the website  the Sunny Raw Kitchen. The original recipe had 2 TABLESPOONS of salt in. Two. I found that excessive. Even halving it, putting in one whole tablespoon of salt into the blender did not feel like an acceptable adaptation. I am pretty sure The British heart Foundation would not approve. However, my blood pressure is 60/90 and I love salt, so I threw  it in.   🙂

You could also add another 1/4 cup of water to this dressing easily, if it is for later use, as it thickens in the fridge quite considerably.

  1. Drain your soaked cashews and place them into your blender with everything else.
  2. Blend until absolutely smooth and creamy. If your cashews have been in soak, it should blend with relative ease.
  3. Taste-test- I feel sure you will NOT need to season additionally, but taste-test all the same.
  4. If you wish, add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill, and pulse your blender briefly to add those beautiful green flecks.

This is a delicious, and I mean delicious dressing for a new potato salad, a green salad (with or without jacket potato) and I am sure it would be delicious with fish too. Not counting soak time, it took under 7 minutes.

A toast! To your health. And to feathery summery leaves in winter!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Esther on December 3, 2011 at 1:57 am

    If that was your blood pressure Beth you would be very unwell! Do you mean 90/60? 🙂


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