My last post of 2012. What a great year this has been! Food blogging and taking pictures has been an incredibly fun and learning experience. I’ve improved much but still have a ways to go. Meeting like minded people and being inspired everyday has been amazing. I look forward to what adventures lie ahead. I leave you all with this really wonderful dressing. I know many will be eating healthier as a New Year’s resolution and this dressing will help you get some freshness in your meal plans. I personally found myself tipping the bowl to get the last of it. It’s light and refreshing on its own, adding it to a fresh salad just makes it that much better. I’ve been waiting to find a great creamy style dressing that’s easy to make at home and finally I’ve found one that fits my needs. This is raw, nut free, soy free, gluten free and of course vegan. I think this will amaze you as much as it amazed me. Happy New Year’s to you all….Cheers!
The base of this recipe is hemp hearts. If you’re unfamiliar with hemp seed hearts, you will want to add these great little seeds to your lifestyle. They are easy to sprinkle in smoothies, on salads, add some to the top of your toast and jam. In this recipe they create a wonderful creaminess. Hemp seeds are a great source of omega 3 & 6 and are a high quality complete protein. Four tablespoons, or 1/4 cup, of hemp seeds contain 15 grams of protein, and they’re also a good source of fiber containing 2.5 grams per quarter cup. They also contain high concentration of vitamins and minerals such as iron, vitamin E, thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and many other micro-nutrients that your body needs. Another great thing about hemp seeds is that they do not need to be soaked to aid in digestion, they can be eaten raw and the body will absorb and digest all nutrients readily and easily. They contain a lot of nutrition in a small package. If you love hemp hearts, you may also like my other recipes containing hemp hearts. Raw Hemp Seed Cookie Balls & Raw Creamy Miso Soup w/ Mushrooms…a few great ways to use hemp seeds!
Now, let’s make some delicious dreamy creamy dressing…
I found using a small personal blender worked best. If using a regular sized blender I suggest doubling the recipe. You can always refrigerate the leftovers. Simply place all the ingredients into your blender, minus the herbs, and blend until smooth. If too thin add more hemp hearts, if too thick add a tad more water to thin. Lastly, add in the herbs and blend until incorporated. Taste for flavor. Serve on salads or use as a dip. It’s delicious no matter how you serve it!
CREAMY LEMON-HERB HEMP DRESSING
- 1/2 cup hemp hearts
- 1/3 cup water, plus more as needed
- juice of 1 medium lemon
- pinch of garlic powder
- pinch of onion powder
- pinch of mineral salt
- a few strands chives, broken into 1 inch pieces
- a few sprig leaves fresh dill
- a few sprig tops fresh cilantro and/or parsley
Using a blender, I used the magic bullet for this, combine ingredients, minus the herbs, and blend until smooth. If too thin add more hemp hearts, if too thick add a tad more water to thin. Lastly, add in the herbs and blend until incorporated. Taste for flavor adding anything extra to suit your taste…more lemon?…more herbs?…more garlic or onion powder? Chill before serving.
Makes about 5 servings.
Store in an air tight container in refrigerator for up to a week.
I have not made this in a regular blender. The magic bullet works wonders but if you don’t have one this should work fine your blender at home. You may consider doubling the recipe if using a larger blender. Mix and match herbs to suit your taste.
Salad shown consists of romaine lettuce, carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers and topped with cracked pepper…simple and delicious!