For my first VeganMoFo post, I'd like to share a funny story from my childhood, and a quick and simple salad dressing... I am a HUGE fan of making my own salad dressing from scratch. Have you ever read the lables on some of those bottled dressing in supermarkets!?!? Half of them are utter garbage. It literally takes two-minutes to wisk up a vinaigrette in your own kitchen, and it tastes a WHOLE-lot better that the mass produced mixtures of cheap oil, water, MSG and other wretchedly unnatural chemicals sitting on our super market's shelves.
And now for my embarrasing childhood story. In my pre-veggie loving days, as a young child, my favorite salad dressing was none other than CREAMY BACON... (yes, my arteries harden just thinking about it). I don't even think Wishbone makes this stuff anymore...
Anyhoo, in honor of the "Creamy Bacon" salad days of my past, I give you this:
**Some notes: I like to use 2 small (pickling) cucumbers, rather than 1 large because of the seeds. IF using a large or non-organic cucumber, make sure there is no wax on the peel, and scrap some of the seeds out! For a thicker, creamier dressing add more cashews and less water; for a thinner, lighter dressing add more water and fewer nuts.
Ingredients2 small cucumbers, chopped (peel and all if organic)
1/2 cup cashews, soaked
1/4 cup water (more or less depending on how thick you like)
1 lemon, juice of
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (to taste)
1 tablespoon agave nectar (to taste)
2 tablespoons dried dill (or 1/2 bunch fresh)
1 tablespoon sea salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon black pepper (to taste)
1. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, adding water as needed.
2. If using fresh dill, blend 1/2 of it at first, them add the rest after the cucumbers and cashews are smooth!
3. Dressing will thicken in fridge.