Zesty Habanero Dip

This is a cashew & soy milk based dip.

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Zesty Habanero Dip

This plant-based dip is so good! It's fruity and spicy and cool. It's got zest! Habanero peppers are not nearly as spicy when you remove all the seeds and membranes. Pink peppercorns are technically berries, and combined with the habanero peppers you get pleasant fruity notes.

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Dip Base

  • ¾ cup unsweetened soy milk (6 fluid ounces. Soy milk curdles better than any other plant milk for this recipe.)
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup raw cashews

Habanero-Pink Peppercorn Blend

Instructions
 

The Dip Base

  • Add all dip base ingredients to a bowl or directly to the blender jar to soak for 1-2 hours.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients. Blend, using a flat (spice) blade if possible, 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  • Refrigerate uncovered until cool, then cover and continue refrigerating for several hours for dip flavors to meld and to start thickening. Dip is even tastier and thicker after resting a full day. This easily lasts over a week in the refrigerator.
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Musings

Finding baseline foods for each season that bring me enjoyment has been a most powerful contributor to my successes in transitioning towards the plant-based lifestyle. I’m already looking forward to my plant-based liverwurst this spring/summer, but for now I’m loving jazzy veg casseroles (I’ll post a recipe some day, I make it by heart, but for now you can find my style on instagram), veggies and dips, pastas and broccoli, and warm bowls of congee (rice porridge). I’m branching out a bit with buddha/nourish/pokelicious/harbulary bowls, and absolutely loving it! It’s true what they say, eating more veggies turns to loving veggies more.

Harbulary Bowl on Instagram

Pairing

This dip pairs with all the classic veggies —

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Snap peas
  • Cukes
  • etc.

Inspiration

The inspiration for this dip comes from a personal favorite dip mix from Winterport Co. dips in Maine, their habanero dip mix. Interestingly enough, I still enjoy that dip mix, and this tastes, well, a lot different from that dip. If you ever get a chance, I recommend trying their dips, even with this same dip base (that’s kind of why I separated it out, it’s flexible).

Anything Else

At the end of the day I just want something that tastes good and feels good and makes sense. Nuts and seeds aren’t the enemy, and when mixed with a bit of sour and/or sweet they can make the most delightful dips, dressings, and spreads. Don’t overthink it. Gravitate towards stuff you enjoy and manifest good things!

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Zesty Habanero Dip