We know the taste of cilantro can be a touchy subject for some people but, as for us, we love it! This dip is loaded with cashews for a creamy base and uses cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño for creating a rich and refreshing dip. The bonus? All the nutritional benefits!
Cilantro is a main ingredient of this dip; this herb is packed with micronutrients and antioxidants that have a beneficial impact on our overall health. One benefit is that it facilitates the body in riding itself of heavy metals. Cilantro has the power to do this by binding these heavy metals together, loosening them from tissue, and helping them be eliminated from the body. An overload of heavy metals is associated with health concerns including heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility, and much more. Another benefit of cilantro is its protection against oxidative stress. Due to its high amounts of quercetin, a powerful flavonoid, cilantro helps to protect against any damage to the body that may be caused by free radicals. Damage from free radicals is associated with a wide variety of diseases, including certain types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.
So, if you like its taste, load up on this refreshing herb and reap its benefits!
Green Cashew Dip
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 jalapeno, stem removed (you can keep the seeds in if you like it nice and spicy!)
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh water
- ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- First, soak the raw cashews in 4 cups of warm water for at least 2 hours, otherwise you can place them in a large bowl, then add 4 cups of boiling water and let the cashews soak in the hot water for approximately 45 minutes to speed up the process.
Once ready to make the sauce, drain the cashews, then add them to a high powered blender along with cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice, fresh water, salt and pepper. Blend until a thick sauce comes together, adding more water to thin and salt to taste as necessary. Serve with plantain chips, radishes, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, tortilla chips, or incorporate into your favorite Mexican dish!
Recipe from Ambitious Kitchen