Cashew-Balsamic Dressing

So, New Year’s Day. You might be resolving to cook new dishes, cut back on take-out meals, eat more salad. Or not. Either way, here’s a really easy one to start off the year. Almost too easy to blog about, and definitely easy enough to keep making all year round!

  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. ground flax seed (see raisin and caraway risotto for notes about flax seed)
  • 2 Tbsp. cashews
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • dash of chili flakes and pepper, to taste

Blend ingredients until smooth. That’s it. A simple balsamic dressing with a nutty twist! Recipe makes about 1/2 c. and will keep in the fridge. Oh, and of course the recipe can be adapted. Try different nuts, different vinegars, more garlic, less honey. You name it, you eat it, you enjoy it!

In the photo, I have served the dressing on a spinach salad with sliced red onion, diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese and a splash of pine nut deliciousness. And voila, happy new year, happy cashew year! (Groan.)

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