Yes, California is on fire again and the increasing number of wild fires here every summer and fall is scary. We’re still getting smoked out from the large fires north, the view from our backyard is icky.
Climate change is real and scary and my heart aches for those losing homes or worse. Okay, too serious? Well Miko is not happy with the lack of walks due to air quality and stalking me around the house for any hint of the “w” word.
It’s been an odd week with busy projects at work and dragging with the smokey hot weather, hot dishes are not appealing and I want colors with such gloomy and gray air. This dressing has color and fiery flare and comfort.
Better Southwestern Dressing
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp. raisins (or to taste)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1 green onion, chopped
- ½ tsp. dried cilantro
- 1 tbsp. chili powder
- dash of cayenne (optional)
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- ½ cup water as needed
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.
Raisins make such a fun way to add sweetness and thickness to a blended dressing without sugar. And the fresh green onion adds bright freshness and perfect pop of heat from cayenne.
This salad was kind of a mess with chopped onions, black beans, vegan cheddar shreds, and shredded cabbage. But a delicious mess!
It had bright flare, creamy comfort, and fresh textures which makes a perfect summer meal salad.