The world is your oyster when it comes to creamy salad dressings when dairy is your friend. But when milk and cream and yogurt are no longer part of your food vocab, you pretty much have to settle for oil and vinegar-based dressings.
Until I made a happy discovery.
Recently I shared my Raspberry Yogurt Smoothie, which actually has no yogurt but boasts its creamy thickness and tang. I realized that when you blend almond milk and hemp seeds, you basically get yogurt.
I dove into the world of homemade salad dressings and created this Hemp Seed Dressing. It’s got cumin and dill and reminds me of a yogurt dressing you sometimes find in Indian food, so it would make an awesome accompaniment to any savory/sweet curry or rich meat or fish dish.
I’m addicted to hemp seeds (that’s a bad joke right there) because they’re so good and so healthy. They kind of taste like nuts, and they do have a bit of an acquired taste, but if you’re not sold on them yet don’t worry — you can’t taste them at all in this recipe. Hemp seeds are chock-full of healthy fats and fiber and protein, too, so they’re the perfect addition to any smoothie or bowl of oatmeal.
I love serving this Hemp Seed Dressing with a simple salad of shredded Romaine lettuce and chopped red peppers. But of course, the sky is literally the limit and you could serve it with any salad you want, or even use it as a sauce for meat or salmon.
It makes about a cup so you have dressing all week long. Don’t you love when you can spend five minutes in the kitchen and reap the rewards for days?
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dill
- Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.