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

Cashew Nuts:

  • excellent source of minerals, especially copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc
  • a great source of heart-protective monounsaturated fats
  • a good source of vitamins, specifically vitamin K and B vitamins
  • a good source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • promote good cardiovascular health, lower risk of coronary heart disease, promote healthy bone development, healthy blood vessels and joints, and help prevent gallstones
  • protective against and supportive for healing diabetes
  • for more information, visit the cashews detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Lemons:

  • provide phytonutrients and antioxidants, with antibiotic activity
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C
  • highly alkalizing
  • protect against cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, support the immune system and promote and enhance optimal health in many areas
  • for more information, visit the lemons/limes detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Garlic:

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral activity
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin B1
  • provides numerous cardiovascular benefits including: helping prevent atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, reducing risk of heart attack or stroke, and inhibiting coronary artery calcification
  • protects against cancer and infections, and promotes healthy weight and optimal health
  • for more information, visit the garlic detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Ginger:

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially magnesium, manganese, copper, and vitamin B6
  • offers gastrointestinal relief (promotes elimination of intestinal gas and helps prevent and/or relieve nausea)
  • protects against cancer and infections, boosts the immune system, and helps support optimal health
  • for more information, visit the ginger detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Cayenne/Chili Pepper:

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, and B vitamins
  • offers pain-reducing effects, cardiovascular benefits, helps prevent stomach ulcers and effectively opens and drains congested nasal passages
  • boosts immunity, enhances cardiovascular health, helps regulate weight, and supports overall health
  • for more information, visit the cayenne/chili pepper detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Unrefined Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt:

  • naturally occurring complex of sodium chloride, which includes major minerals such as calcium and magnesium and a complete complement of essential trace minerals
  • alkalizing to maintain proper acid/alkaline body balance
  • has helped to promote optimal health in civilizations for centuries

Nutritional Yeast:

  • when from non-GMO/organic sources, it can be an excellent source of nutrients, like:
    • B vitamins, and even vitamin B12 (check your specific package for detailed nutritional info)
    • protein
    • minerals

Cumin:

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and phytonutrient benefits
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially iron, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus
  • protects against cancer, enhances good digestion, stimulates the immune system and supports overall health
  • for more information, visit the cumin detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Black Pepper:

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial effects
  • a source of vitamins and minerals, especially manganese, vitamin K, copper, calcium, chromium, and iron
  • helps prevent the formation of intestinal gas, increases the absorption of nutrients from foods, and enhances overall good digestive health
  • for more information, visit the black pepper detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods