Saturday, April 6, 2013

'Creamy' Orange Cashew Dressing & Super Green Pomegranate Salad

So after my decision to follow Dr Fuhrman's style of eating closer. I decided to re-watch some of his lectures. This recipe was inspired by a dressing he mentioned (cashew/sesame/orange/blood orange vinegar) in a lecture (yes, I do watch nutrition lectures for fun, leave your judgement at the door please) and I thought that sounded too good not to try. One problem- I couldn't find blood orange vinegar! (anyone know where to find it in Melbourne?) so I decided to make up my own version with the orange balsamic vinegar I did have.

This dressing tastes absolutely divine and looks like sunshine, yep- I'm an addict and need to share the love! Seriously, if you've never tried any of my recipes, you HAVE to try this one! It will make you love your salads and convert veggie haters, it's that good. 

This dressing has the potential to be quite sweet depending on your oranges so you really need to taste as you go- simply adjust to taste, if you're a vinegar lover like me, just add more, if you really like sweet dressings limit the lemon juice etc. You're all smart individuals, I know you can work it out, just listen to your tongue. 

'Creamy' Orange Cashew Dressing
Makes 6 serves
1/2 cup raw cashew nuts
3 oranges
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp orange balsamic vinegar (I'm sure regular would work too)

  • Soak cashew nuts
  • Drain and add to blender
  • Juice lemon and add with balsamic vinegar to blender
  • Peel oranges and add to blender
  • Blend well until completely smooth (it took my low power blender a couple of mins)
  • Taste- adjust if you need to (more lemon/orange/vinegar)
  • Enjoy! (this tastes fab with salad, veggies, over beans or grains)
  • Keeps well in an airtight jar in the fridge for a week- or as long as you can make it last...
Submitted for Healthy Vegan Fridays!

Now for the salad I enjoyed this on... it would taste divine over anything (steamed veggies, salad, tofu, grains, beans, an old sock) but it was especially pleasing with this super salad. 

If you're yet to be introduced to my super-salads the general idea is if it's edible and on hand- use it! Got leftovers? raw veg? cooked veg? fruit? nuts? seeds? etc, then you've got a salad. These make up the majority of my lunches, they're super easy and quick and stop things from going off in the fridge. Use what you have, these were the ingredients I had but if you've got other things- use them! My recipes aren't carved in stone, I can't follow a recipe to save myself- they're more like sources of culinary inspiration so I certainly don't expect you to follow them to a T. 

I like a little fruit in my salads, if you're new to this I know it sounds odd but just trust me and give it a go, it's not too overpowering but gives it a juicy sweet kick. This one has pomegranate but apples, grapes, oranges, berries are some of my faves. If you think you don't like salad you just haven't had a super salad with a delicious dressing!

Super Green Pomegranate Salad 
with 'Creamy' Orange Cashew Dressing
Makes 1 large or 2 small Serves (but it's me- of course I ate it all!)
2 cups lettuce
1 cup baby spinach
1 tomato
1/2 large cucumber
1 celery stalk
1/2 cup pomegranate
2 asparagus spears
2 small radishes
  • Wash veggies
  • Chop everything into small pieces
  • Combine well
  • Make dressing (recipe above)
  • Dress salad lightly! Don't overdress, the leaves should be touched not smothered by dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Doesn't it look so pretty with the beautiful sunshine yellow dressing? You know you want to dive in- it's delicious!

Love and Smiles,

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