Cashew "Ranch" Dressing


½ cup raw cashews or macadamia nuts
½ cup water
2 cloves garlic (or 2 teaspoons jarred garlic)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
¾ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
2 teaspoons fresh dill or ½ teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon pure maple syrup or honey or 4-5 drops liquid stevia
black pepper, to taste

1. Place the nuts, water, and garlic into a blender. Blend until creamy. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until combined.
2. Pour into a glass jar or container and refrigerate. Shake and pour over your favorite salad or dip with your favorite veggies or seed crackers. Enjoy! :)

Recipe by Leigh Wagner PhD, MS, RD