I am always looking for new ways to spice up my simple vegetarian recipes. One of the easiest ways is by using different dressings and spices. I love cashews, but honestly never thought to make a dressing out of them. We’ll I did and it was everything I was hoping for it to be.
This dressing is vegan as well. Wether you’re making a salad, a veggie bowl, or a veggie dish this dressing can definitely be used. It’s simple, quick, and good for you. You can make this put it in a mason jar and store it in your refrigerator. So you’re probably thinking by now cashew dressing? I’m not to sure about that. Trust me you will be pleasantly surprised!
Living a healthier lifestyle is alway much easier when you have a why and keep reminding yourself of your “why”. I always recommend to understand what you’re eating. We all know vegetables are good for you, but do you really know what specific foods do for your body, your heart, your brain, and so forth. Eating plant-based becomes so much easier when you really understand the benefits of the foods you need to eat. That’s why I started this blog to help educate others on food and the choices we make for our bodies and children. Let’s get into the benefits of this cashew dressing.
Raw, unsalted cashews are often used in vegan dishes as well as a lot of Indian food dishes. Cashews are one of the lowest fiber nuts, but they are still loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs.These include vitamins K, E, and B6, along with minerals like phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium. All of which are important for maintaining good bodily function. Two servings of nuts a day can help fight against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Cashews are naturally cholesterol-free and contain a good amount of heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber. The iron and copper in cashews work together to help your body form and maintain red blood cells. This nut is also very good for your eyes health. Cashews help to protect the eyes from light damage, and can even help decrease the possibility of cataracts.
Now you know a few reasons why cashews are good for your health. Hopefully when you think of reaching for a salad dressing or a snack you go for the cashews. Now let’s get to the recipe!
First you want to soak your cashews in water. I did mine over night, but as long as you soak them for at least 4 hours they should be ready to use.
Next combine your cashews, olive oil, garlic, chilli powder, and lime juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour your dressing into a mason jar or storage container of your choice and you’re all set. It’s really as simple as that! Enjoy!
- 1 cup raw cashews soak for minimum 4 hours or overnight
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- juice of 1 fresh lime
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!