Raw Food: Smoky Squash Salad (with creamy mushrooms)

Butternut squash is a perfect veggie to eat raw. It’s a fairly neutral flavour so it’ll complement pretty much anything you add with it. This is a spicy, smoky tasting dressing – thanks to the smoked paprika. Mmmm. The plant based diet IS exciting. Try this.

IMG_4099Smoky Dressing

1 small butternut squash (peeled, de seeded and grated)

For the sauce;

1 red pepper or sweet red pepper (de seeded)

2-3 sundried tomatoes

1 tsp organic cold pressed organic oil of your choice (extra virgin olive oil is a winner)

1 medjool date (or 2 small ones)

1 clove of garlic

1/2 tsp Himalayan/sea salt

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

2 black peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

Squeeze 1/4 lemon

1/4 cup of water (about 100ml)

Blitz all of the above sauce ingredients together in a high powered blender until smooth (NutriBullet is phenomenal)

Add the sauce to the squash, along with another tsp of good quality oil (optional)

Sprinkle with a handful of sunflower seeds and sultanas and bobs your uncle!

Try it with creamy cashew mushrooms – here’s the recipe;

Cashew Creamy Mushrooms

1-2 diced/sliced mushroom soaked in Braggs Aminos or a good quality soy sauce

20 cashews soaked for at least 10 minutes in water

Lots of ground pepper

Sprinkle of nutmeg

10 curry leaves (or a teeny pinch of curry powder)

1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs

Squeeze of 1/4 lemon

Himalayan / sea salt (just a little)

Once the mushrooms have been prepped and marinated – drain the cashews, rinse and add to a blender along with the other ingredients. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes. It doesn’t matter if it’s not smooth – it gives the dish texture. Taste and season more if required.

Serve with chopped spinach leaves.

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