Guilt-free Creamy Dressing

This tempting, creamy dressing can also be used as a base for other types of creamy dressings by adding different kinds of herbs and spices to it. It's particularly tasty on grain bowls and can be used for the base of any cream sauce. If you have a Trader Joe's store nearby, it's a great place to by raw cashews. You can make cream for other recipes from water-soaked raw cashews using a blender or food processor. It may sound a bit odd if you haven't tasted cream made from raw cashews, but don't knock it until you've tried it. It's delicious and healthy! This dressing is honestly better tasting than most creamy dressings.    
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1 cup raw cashews 3/4 cup water 3 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp garlic 1 - 2 Tbsp fresh dill, thyme, basil etc. or 1 tsp dried seasonings 1/2 tsp sea salt (or more to taste) and pepper to taste 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar


1) Soak cashews in water for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, put other ingredients in a high-powered blender.
2) Meanwhile, put remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender. Feel free to change up your herbs and seasonings. Any fresh herb is tasty in this recipe, but even a standard seasoning mix blend works. I love fresh dill and basil in this dressing.
3) Drain cashews and add to blender. If you don't have a high-powered blender, soak cashews for an extra 30 minutes or more. Blend all ingredients together until creamy and chill.
4) Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four weeks. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.