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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:

  • Garlic
  • Cayenne
  • Dill
  • Basil
  • Onion

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 blenderI 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!

Click here for the Creamy Cucumber Dressing recipe.


Previous Comments

On June 10, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Is it possible to omit the oil and still have it come out creamy and thick? How much oil do u use?

What does it taste like… Mayo?

Lastly, how many servings does this yield and what’s a serving size?

Love ur creativity, simplicity, and positivity!

On June 10, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Yes, please, how much oil and also how much lemon juice?
Or better yet….Is there a recipe for this! grin

On June 11, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Sharon and Bee,

Sorry about that—I added a link to the post above to the recipe—just click on it and you’ll go right to the recipe! Bee, you can omit or reduce the oil and it will still work. A serving size is 2 tablespoons, and the recipe makes a cup, or 8 servings.

Jenny

On June 11, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Jen I just love your videos.  Your positive and calmness makes me feel good.  Along with getting healthy.

On June 12, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

What do u do if this comes out watery?

Have u tried this with Zucc?

On June 12, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

Hi Bee,

Since there’s no water in the recipe, it shouldn’t come out watery. Make sure your cucumber isn’t super large, and yes, you can use zucchini instead.

Jenny

On June 23, 2014 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said...

If you want to omit the oil, you can sub in a tablespoon of hemp seed hearts, or cashews (the cashews are best if soaked for at least 30 min and then drained).  That’ll give it a bit of fat but in a healthier form.  You could also add a bit of avocado for a similar effect.


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