This refreshing, rich and creamy sauce provides some wonderful sweet and sour tones that can complement nearly any meal. Its versatility allows you to pair it with all kinds of veggie, bean, mushroom, and/or grain dishes. You can use it as a sauce, a spread, or a dip.

It is based on wholesome ingredients and provides an nutrient-rich addition to your meals. And unlike processed dressings, this sauce does not include any oils, sugars, or additives. It provides a rich assortment of wholesome nutrients, specifically healthy fats and protein, some carbohydrates and fiber, and it is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

Characteristics

TYPE: Sauce, Dip, Spread
PREP TIME: < 5 mins (+ pre-soaking time)
SERVINGS: makes about 1 cup (2 large/4 small servings)

  • 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:

TOOLS:

  • High Powered Blender like a Vitamix or Nutribullet
  • Cutting Board
  • Spatula
  • Utensils
  • Lemon reamer or similar juice extractor (optional)

Preparation Steps

  1. Soak your cashews for 1 to 4 hours in some water prior to making this sauce, for increased creaminess and nutrition benefits. (You can still use them dry if you forgot to soak and want to make this sauce). When ready to use, drain the water, rinse thoroughly and place into your blender.
  2. Wash your lemons, cut in half and squeeze all of the juice into your blender.
  3. Peel the garlic clove (and ginger if using a fresh piece), and place into your blender.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients into the blender. (Be sure to remove the pit from the date!) Blend on high speed until a creamy, uniform consistency forms.
  5. Pour or drizzle the sauce over your meal, or with the help of a spatula, remove all of the sauce from the blender into a bowl for dipping or spreading.

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 (1/4 cup) will make you a dip or a spread; more water (3/4 cups) will make you a runny sauce.
  • If your sauce is too thick, add more water. If your sauce is too runny, add some cashews and re-blend.
  • Adjust spice amounts as desired for your preferences.

Serving Ideas:

  • raw veggie dishes, such as salads
  • cooked veggie dishes (cover photo serving suggestion: potatoes, chickpeas & asparagus; photo below: potatoes, green string beans & cilantro)
  • veggie wraps or burgers (as a spread)
  • dip for raw vegetables and/or crackers
  • pasta dishes

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

Poppy Seeds

  • source of healthy fats, proteins and some carbohydrates
  • source of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • especially rich in manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper
  • support optimal health, energy and weight
  • support nervous system health; produce mild soothing effect
  • help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the poppy seed overview on Nutrition and You

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

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

Medjool Dates

  • provide healthy carbohydrates, some protein, and are virtually fat-free
  • provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants
  • provide most of the B vitamins
  • especially rich in potassium, copper, manganese, and magnesium
  • support optimal health, energy, weight, healing and prevention
  • support digestive, immune, and cardiovascular health
  • for more info, see the medjool dates overview on Nutrition-and-You

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

Unrefined Salt

  • unrefined sea salt unrefined Himalayan salt
  • naturally alkalizing
  • a source of over 80 essential and trace minerals
  • supports optimal blood pressure, heart and nervous system health
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • for more info, refer to unrefined salt on Green Med Info
  • Health Tip: avoid all forms of refined, white salt and processed foods made with it