By Nancy Smorch
The other week, my family asked if I would make some cashew dip. It has been quite a few months since I had made it, and Lindsey thought it would be a nice addition to burgers or BLT's. Well, I got distracted and forgot about making it - until today.
I’ve made this dip for so many gatherings we’ve had at our house. I love putting the dip out with some fresh veggies or with tortilla chips, and then asking people what they think is in it. Obviously I don’t tell them its cashew dip, and very rarely will anyone figure it out.
You can use this dip as a cheese substitute (for all of you vegans out there). You can put it on nachos, as a dip with veggies or tortilla chips, as a spread on sandwiches or wraps, or as Lindsey suggested, as a topping for burgers. And I’m sure there are a number of other uses that I haven’t tried yet. If you try something different with it you’ll have to let me know! It's amazingly versatile!
2 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1-2 tsp. sea salt
2 1/2 Tbsp. tahini (sesame paste)
2 fresh garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups filtered water
Place the cashews, lemon juice, salt, tahini, and cloves in a blender (Vitamix is the best!).
Add 1 cup of the water and blend until smooth. You will probably need another 1/2 to 1 cup water. Gradually add the water until you reach the consistency you like. I like it a little thinner, so I can pour it. If I can’t pour it out of the blender, then it’s too thick for me. But remember not to put the entire 1 1/2 to 2 cups water in at the beginning - you can always add more water, but you can’t take it away!
When it reaches the consistency that you like, pour into a serving bowl and use - however you wish!
Tonight I made a nice platter of cucumbers, carrots, and red peppers to serve with the dip, and it made a great snack for everyone to munch on while I was making dinner.
Trust me, you will love this dip. Everyone who has tried it has loved it. People I thought would never go for it have even asked for the recipe, so don’t hold back - go for it!