Dressings & Sauces
Despite being high raw, I still enjoy confitures (Jams/Jellies) of sorts especially my Orange & Lemon Chia Marmalade but seeing as I am nearly out of my latest batch, and that I have an excess amount of frozen raspberries and blueberries left over from the summer months...... I decided to make some of my Raw Berry Jam.
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Think a big salad is the only way to get your greens in? There are actually tons of ways to add more GREEN into your daily diet, this dip being a fine example. Loaded with nutrient dense spinach and cilantro, this recipe can be likened to a creamy, amped up guacamole with plenty of avocado and a nice tangy kick from lime. If the festive red and green color scheme doesn't warm you up the spicy jalapeno, garlic and onion surely will!
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This is an excellent spreads for any sweey treat.
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Chutney is traditionally known as a sauce or relish often compounded of both sweet and sour ingredients that include fruits, herbs, spices and other seasoning. Chutney comes from East Indian origin, but for this recipe I made a mango chutney to go with raw vegan falafels, traditionally a middle eastern dish. The mango chutney, along with zucchini hummus went exceptionally well alongside the raw falafel as a trusty dipping companion.
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To nourish, heal, hydrate and rejuvenate a tired complexion. The honey is healing and hydrating. The apricot and carrot oil is full of antioxidants, which will be absorbed by the surface of the skin if used regularly enough (you will not turn orange because we are using such a small amount). The cinnamon adds a touch of warmth which will boost blood circulation and improve the texture and tone.
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 Raw chocolate peanut butter cups!  They sounded like heaven, and they were once I finished making them! Salty peanut butter, gooey sweet caramel and decadent chocolate...happy place material!  Do yourself a favor and make some!
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Not sure what to do with Caramel? How about drizzling her over a raw brownie, a slice of chocolate cake or even making a banana soft serve parfait, like I did? The options are endless.
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With the will to eat healthfully comes many opportunities to get creative in the kitchen! When it comes to salads the variations are literally endless. Take your salad to a new level of delicious with this dressing recipe by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen. Serve it over a bed of fresh spinach and arugula, green onion, avocado, tomato, sunflower sprouts, flax and pumpkin seeds, and a handful of dried mulberries!
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It really is as easy as blending a few simple raw ingredients together to acheive a ranch dressing that is both authentic looking AND tasting! If you have kids who can't imagine eating veggies unless they're drenched in ranch this is a great alternative for them! Yes it's cashew based and truly healthy - but they don't have to know that...: )
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A low fat, very simple yet flavor rich raw pasta marinara sauce by Marquis Matson of Real Raw Kitchen made with a base of fresh beets and tomato. We love all of the fresh herbs in this recipe: basil, cilantro, oregano, garlic, with an unexpected hint of cinnamon. If you're avoiding nuts and oils than you'll really enjoy this recipe! Even though it's 100% fat free it's actually quite filling and you still get plenty of flavor with each bite!
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Love the taste of fresh caesar dressing but would rather leave the eggs and anchovies behind? Look no further than this scrumptious recipe by Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8! She's combined buttery pine nuts with tangy lemon juice, cheesy nutritional yeast, fresh garlic, dried parsley and black pepper to create an extremely authentic flavor and consistency. So yummy tossed with fresh veggies like crunchy romaine, broccoli florets, and radichio. Enjoy!
Looking for a truly healthy, preservative free ranch dressing that also happens to be nut, dairy, and soy free as well? You've stumbled upon the right page! Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8 has created a creamy and tangy ranch-style dressing out of a base of coconut milk and sunflower seeds, with plenty of yummy traditional seasonings such as dill, mustard spice, celery seed, onion and garlic. Serve it with fresh veggie sticks for a snack or dress tonight's green salad with a generous drizzling. You'll love it!
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As we all know dandelion greens grow like weeds all over our yards and even through the cracks in concrete, however, did you know they are also one of the most nutrient dense and medicinal greens to ingest? They offer wonderful support for the liver, helping to aid in gentle daily detoxification. They're also a great source of Vitamin A, calcium, and even iron. However, they are bitter. Very bitter. How does one make these super-greens more palatable for the taste buds? By mixing them with cold pressed fats such as olive oil and raw nuts and seeds, high quality salt, and a touch of lemon for that perfect flavor balance.

Give this delicious creamy green salad dressing by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home a try and reap the health benefits of fresh dandelion in the tastiest way imaginable.
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Anything involving watermelon is a winner in our book, especially because they are such a seasonal treat, only around in abundance for a few short months! This deliciously sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home makes the perfect light and summery dressing for a bed of crunchy romaine, sprouts, cucumber and heirloom tomatoes. Enjoy!
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This recipe by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home has only 6 clean ingredients and is extremely healthy for your body with lots of trace minerals and brain nourishing efa's. And as a bonus you may be inspired to hum along to "Popeye the sailor man" while eating it. :) 

Serve this lovely green pesto with raw zoodles (spiralized zucchini), kelp noodles, a gluten-free pasta of your choice, or even atop a salad for a pop of vibrant flavor. Enjoy!
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This slaw by Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw is bursting with colors, textures and fresh juicy flavors! If you happen to have some cabbage and carrots that need to be used up quick this is the perfect recipe. Shred them up, combine them in a bowl with a plethora of fresh sprouts and cilantro, and toss it all together with a creamy tahini dressing spiked with inflammation busting turmeric root. Enjoy!
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This recipe is guaranteed to become a staple in your life. Why you ask? Cashew cream is so versatile - you can top your desserts with it as an alternative to whipped cream, you can spruce up your oatmeal, cereal, or chia puddings by adding in a spoonful, or you can make a quick and easy dessert for yourself by adding a dollop to a bowl of fresh berries or your favorite seasonal fruits. Nikki Stokes of Eating Vibrantly takes it up a notch by utilizing real, pure vanilla bean powder - there is nothing that can replace that fresh vanilla flavor!
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Tahini is one of the most versatile nut butters around, and it makes the absolute perfect base for a creamy dressing that's satisfying, tastes amazing with pretty much any combination of ingredients, and is rich with wholesome nutrition such as trace minerals (hello calcium!) healthy fats and protein. Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw shares with us her special tahini dressing recipe made with spinach and parsley for additional nutrients, flavor, and a nice pop of green. If parsley isn't your thing try subbing in another herb of choice such as cilantro or basil. Enjoy!
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Try this salad recipe by Brandi Doming of thevegan8.com/ This entire salad, plus the dressing, is just 7 ingredients. It really couldnít be easier. Itís got a lot of wonderful crunch from the bell peppers and sunflower kernels. Itís super simple, but itís taken up a notch by the incredible 3 ingredient tahini dressing. This tahini dressing is amazing too, it is a little sweet, a little spicy and takes less than 5 minutes to make!
This is perfect for a side salad with dinner or as a light meal.
 
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Raw Food Recipe chef Julie van Kerchove of www.julieslifestyle.com has created this raw vegan version of the classic Nutella Spread from Ferrero. It had no refined sugar, dairy-free, and gluten-free. What more can you ask for? It's the D-I-Y chocolate spread everone's been craving for!
 
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This dressing by Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw is just as the title suggests: totally addictive. You'll want to drizzle it on everything and may even be tempted to eat it right out of the blender like soup. Creamy and sweet with that perfect touch of lemon, ginger and garlic - it's equally great on macro-style bowls or crisp green salads. Enjoy!
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Fresh ginger helps calm a troubled tummy, while sesame seeds and tahini provide great levels of copper and magnesium. Plus, kale is  super rich in antioxidant vitamins K, A, and C and has been shown to both reduce both cholesterol levels and fight cancer. All of these benefits to your health in the form of a delicious and satisfying kale salad? Let's eat! Recipe by Amber St. Peter of Fettle Vegan.
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Adding in superfoods to up the nutritional value of recipes can be easy!!  In this creamy raw tzatziki sauce by Jodi Burke omega 3 and protein-rich hemp seeds are added for a boost of both nutrition and creaminess. This recipe also makes a great dip for veggies and with less water (so thicker) could be a great spread for raw (or not) crackers!!
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Do you live a busy lifestyle with back to back activities? Then you need to make sure your fridge is stocked up with healthy grab and go snacks! This Lemon & Almond Green Olive Tapenade by Julie Van den Kerchove of Julie's Lifestyle is just that, and makes for a nice savory option when that midday hunger strikes. Try it with veggies sticks, crackers, or atop your next salad.
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Add something utterly refreshing and delicious to your dinner spread tonight with this summertime salad with lemon tahini dressing by Crystal Bonnet of Raw Revive!
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