CILANTRO-LIME CREMA

A five minute sauce that adds so much flavor! We reduced our cheese consumption dramatically by adding this sauce to all of our favorite Mexican dishes. It's creamy, tangy and bright with a hint of heat - made with cashews, lime, jalapeno & cilantro.


Yields about 2/3 cup


Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup raw cashews* (see note)

  • 1 large clove garlic

  • ½ medium jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed

  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro leaves and some stems

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin

  • ¼ tsp sea salt, or more to taste

  • freshly ground black pepper


Method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and combine until smooth and creamy.

  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before consuming to allow consistency to thicken. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.


*NOTE: If you don't have a high-speed blender, soak the cashews in hot water for 10 minutes, then discard water. Add all ingredients to a regular blender or food processor and combine until smooth and creamy.



VARIATIONS:

  • Use in place of mayo - just omit the jalapeno.

  • If you don't like cilantro, use parsley instead.

  • Use lemon instead of lime.

  • If you love cilantro, add 1 cup total of leaves and stems.

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