Is it possible to live off dips? Well, that all depends on the dips you choose and the vessels you choose to dunk in your dips. Although it works as a sustainable diet for Martin Short’s character in Only Murders In The Building, solely eating dips is not a healthy way to live. Eating a nutritious, homemade dip, is much healthier than eating a store bought dip, as most jarred salsas and such are replete with preservatives, excess sodium, dyes, and artificial flavors.
We feel lucky to have stumbled on this spicy green cashew dip, which we created via trial and error to get it just right. It is luxuriously creamy, almost like an avocado puree, and bursting with flavor in every bite. It’s almost as if the cashew dip of our dreams was born out of a handful of ingredients! This incredible dip comes together with a mere five ingredients, plus water and a little sea salt and pepper for extra flavor. Raw cashews give this sauce that silky smooth consistency you want from a dip. Just make sure that you soak them for about 40 minutes in warm water for optimum creaminess.
If you shy away from spice, you can omit the jalapeño, or simply add less half of a pepper instead of a full one. Like things extra spicy? Include the seeds from the pepper! You can still taste the spice if you leave the seeds out. The fresh lime juice will help cut the spice just a little and brings out the freshness of the cilantro. Finally, you will most likely need to scrape down the sides of your blender or food processor once or twice to ensure you get an even, smooth dip.
- Prep Time:45m
- Total Time:45m
- 2 c raw cashews
- 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
- 1 jalapeño, stemmed and seeded
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 c filtered water
- 3/4 tsp. sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- First off, soak the cashews in some warm water for 40 minutes, ensuring they are completely submerged. Drain the water and then add them to a food processor or high speed blender.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor/blender with the cashews and blend until smooth. Stop blending, scrape down the sides, and continue blending to yield a smooth consistency.
- If the dip is too thick, you can add a little more water to thin it out. Serve immediately with raw carrots, bell pepper slices, or celery sticks.