New Video: “Cream” Cucumbers for Salad Dressing
Posted on June 01 2014 | (7) Comments
Category:Easy Raw Meals
Raw food fact: when you process cucumbers, tomatoes, or red bell peppers, they become creamy enough to turn into a salad dressing? Skeptical? You won’t be after you watch my popular raw food demonstration video and taste my Creamy Cucumber Salad Dressing.
You’ll discover you how to combine cucumbers with various seasonings to create a salad condiment that's heavy on flavor, but light on fat.
The first step is to prepare the cucumber. I show you simple it is to peel, seed, and chop this versatile vegetable that is found in every produce aisle.
Raw Food Salad Dressing Variations
With the cucumbers prepped and ready to go, I take a quick break to talk about two easy variations you can make that are just as creamy and delicious. In Variation #1, I replace the cucumber with one small red bell pepper. This yields a sensational cholesterol-free Creamy Red Bell Pepper Dressing.
For Variation #2, you’ll see that two tomatoes can take the place of the cucumber. The result is a smooth Creamy Tomato Dressing with a bold flavor and richly satisfying texture.
Consistency, the Hobgoblin of Raw Food Dressings
Salad dressing, like gravy, can be smooth and silky, or leaden and lumpy. In my recipe, combining a bit of healthy olive-oil and lemon gives the dressing a heavenly consistency that is simply divine on salad greens.
The proportion of acid to fat is important when making a dressing, and I share an important note about the amount of lemon to use in the tomato variation. Lemon also adds a wonderful tang to the dressing, but so do other flavor boosters. I offer a quick overview of the benefits of adding flavor with:
Blenders Are Raw Food Workhorses
As is true in many of the recipes I created for my book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, a blender does most of the work in this recipe. The demands of making a dressing are modest in terms of blending power, so any blender will do. That being said, some blenders have more to offer than others.
In the demonstration, I use a Tribest blender. I love how it has a special Mason jar attachment to simplify the process even more. You'll see how easy it is to make a large batch of this dressing right in the container and then store it in your refrigerator for up to three days.
As for clean up: the Mason jar attachment means one less dish to wash. That works for me!