Characteristics

This delicious, rich and creamy sauce can easily become a staple addition for a variety of your favorite dishes. Its incredible versatility complements all dishes, including pastas, veggies, beans, and mushrooms. You can use it as a sauce, a spread, or a dip. It truly lives up to its all-purpose name, as you can modify it in a variety of ways that will provide a unique flavor and usage experience. It can be gentle and mild to appeal to young children and it can be strong and flavorful to appeal to teens and adults. It provides a rich assortment of wholesome nutrients, especially healthy fats and protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

TYPE: Sauce, Dip, Spread
PREP TIME: < 5 mins
SERVINGS: makes about 1/2 to 1 cup

Uses:

  • pasta dishes (i.e. vegan Alfredo or “mac and cheese”)
  • veggie burgers (use as a dip, or spread, or vegan mayo)
  • dip for raw vegetables and/or crackers
  • spread for wholesome wraps or sandwiches or raw pizzas
  • creamy topping for steamed vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, etc.)
  • creamy curry sauce for Asian rice/veggie/tofu/tempeh dishes
  • sauce for any meal

Characteristics:

  • 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
  • Raw
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Grain-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Oil-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews (organic)
  • 1 lemon, juice squeezed (organic)
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic (organic)
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water (depending on desired consistency)

Possible variations:

  • For a ginger version, add a small chunk of fresh ginger or some dry ginger powder

  • For a cheesy version, add 2 TBSP non-gmo nutritional yeast

  • For a spicy version, add 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper or a small piece of a spicy fresh pepper

  • For a full-flavored deluxe version, add all of the above three together

  • For an herbed version, add 1/2 to 1 tsp (or more) of your favorite fresh or dried herbs

  • For a curried version, add 1/2 to 1 tsp organic curry powder

  • Other possible flavor additions: cumin, black pepper, mustard powder, etc.

TOOLS:

  • High Powered Blender (ex: Vitamix or NutriBullet)
  • Cutting Board
  • Spatula
  • Lemon reamer or similar juice extractor (optional)

Preparation Steps

  1. You can pre-soak your cashews for 1 to 4 hours prior to making this sauce for an increased creaminess factor, or simply use them dry as is.
  2. Place all of the desired ingredients into a high-powered blender and mix until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved. (A crumbly or more textured consistency may also be desired, if using this as a spread.)
  3. With the help of a spatula, remove all of the sauce from the blender, either directly into your meal or into a dish, either for storage or dipping purposes. Enjoy.

Tips:

  • It is essential to use raw cashews for this sauce, not roasted cashews. Raw cashews will provide a different flavor experience and optimal health and nutrition benefits.
  • The amount of water you use will depend on your intentions for the sauce. Less water is better for a thick sauce, dip, or a spread; more water is better for a thin or runny sauce. (i.e. thick sauce is better for pasta dishes, thin sauce is better for rice dishes.)
  • If your sauce becomes too runny, add some cashews and re-blend. If your sauce becomes too thick, add some water and re-blend. Adjust spice amounts as necessary.
  • The quantities provided here are for a fresh serving of sauce for roughly 2 people. You can make larger quantities and refrigerate the sauce for up to a week. Note: if you have not pre-soaked your cashews, the sauce may thicken if standing for a day or more. You can add a little bit of water to thin out as needed.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Cashews

  • provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins and vitamin K
  • provide essential minerals, especially copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more information, visit the cashews detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Lemon

  • highly alkalizing, cleansing and detoxifying, with antibiotic properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich source of vitamin C
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • helps protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more information, visit the lemon detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Nutritional Yeast

  • a great source of highly-digestible protein and nutrients
  • provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals
  • especially rich in B vitamins (some varieties also provide vitamin B12)
  • especially rich in molybdenum, iron, selenium, zinc, phosphorus and manganese
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • for more info, see the nutritional yeast overview on Best Natural Foods
  • Note: vitamin and mineral analysis will vary based on brand and not all contain vitamin B12; Sari Nutritional Yeast is all-natural and non-fortified.

Garlic

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in vitamin C and some B vitamins
  • especially rich in manganese, selenium, calcium, phosphorus and copper
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports immune health and iron metabolism
  • helps protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the garlic overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Ginger

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports digestive health; helps with nausea, vomiting, bloating and gas
  • supports immune health and protects against infections
  • helps protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the ginger overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Cayenne / Chili Pepper

  • anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin K and most B vitamins
  • especially rich in manganese, potassium, iron, and magnesium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • helps protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more info, see the chili pepper overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Black Pepper

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • supports digestive health; helps prevent bloating and gas
  • helps protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the black pepper overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Cumin

  • anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties
  • provides vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in iron, manganese, and calcium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing and prevention
  • helps maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • helps protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections and other lifestyle diseases
  • for more info, see the cumin overview on World’s Healthiest Foods