At the end of the garden season, I’m left with many leftover zucchini’s. I do like to give away as much produce to friends and family if we can’t eat everything, as I don’t like to waste fresh, organic vegetables. Every year I freeze zucchini as my garden is bursting with it every year. Last year was not exception. The frozen zucchini come in handy when I want to make this tasty appetizer.
This appetizer is so easy to make and takes very little time to prepare. You can also prepare the cashew sauce ahead of time and leave in the fridge for a couple of days to make later. It’s a great dish to start people off on plant-based foods since it makes a great dip. It can be served hot or cold.
TIP: If you leave it in the fridge overnight, it will turn a grey colour but it’s still edible.
Plant-Based Zucchini Dip with Walnuts
- 2 Zucchinis
- 1⁄2 cup Walnuts
- 2-3 tbsp Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Tahini
- 1 tsp Salt
- 3 tbsp chopped Parsley
- 1⁄2 cup soaked Cashews
- 1⁄2 tsp warm Water
- Pepper to taste
1.Soak the cashews in warm/hot water (not boiling) for at least an hour, or if you can quick cook them for 2 minutes in the microwave. Once they are ready, you can set them aside.
2. Grate the zucchinis or leave out your frozen zucchini to thaw. If you are using frozen zucchini leave it to thaw overnight in your fridge or you can grate your fresh zucchini and leave in a coriander and squeeze out any additional liquid.
3. Place the zucchini in a skillet along with some vegetable broth and allow to cook for about 8-10 minutes until the zucchini is cooked, and much of the liquid has evaporated.
4. Place the soaked cashews into a food processor and add 1 1/2 tbsp. of lemon juice and a dash of salt and process until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor until the cashews are completely chopped up and creamy.
5. Chop the walnuts and parsley into small pieces.
6. Remove the zucchini from the pan into a mixing bowl.
7.Mix in tahini, remaining lemon juice, chopped walnuts, parsley and the cashew cream.
8. Garnish with a few walnuts and a little parsley, serve and enjoy!
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