Raw cashews which have been soaked for a few hours can be blended with various other ingredients to make a variety of delicious creamy sauces, condiments, dips and dressings. Nutritional yeast is an ingredient commonly blended with cashews to make a sauce which some perceive to have a cheesy flavor. Delicious as such sauces indeed are, as a lover of real cheese, my taste buds don’t quite make that connection.
A week or so ago I made a delicious honey/mustard sauce using cashews. Raw cashews were blended with mustard powder, lime juice, agave nectar and a few other ingredients. For a subsequent meal I blended in cilantro, which took the sauce to another dimension.
My most recent cashew based sauce was made with:
- soaked raw cashews
- lime juice
- jalapeños (without seeds)
- fresh garlic
- onion powder
- kosher salt
This jalapeño, cilantro and lime dressing incited a craving for falafel. There wasn’t time to make falafel from scratch so I used a mix to which I added chopped leftover black beans, scallions, and parsley. I also added pinches of cumin, coriander, salt and a splash or two of water.