I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting salad dressings and came up with this one from ingredients I had on hand. I can’t believe there aren’t more pistachio dressings out there. I was also shooting for a slightly sweet dressing since all the dressings I have are pretty much variations on vinegar and oil. This one fits the bill and also works well as a veggie dip.
SnarkyVegan’s Sweet Pistachio Salad Dressing
- 1 c. shelled pistachios
- 1/2 c. golden raisins
- 3/4 c. water, I use warm water because my blender works better with it
- 1/2 c. olive oil
- 3 T. cider vinegar
- 1 T. lemon juice, I use fresh squeezed and it makes a big difference
- 1 t. salt
Process all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor. If your blender doesn’t emulsify nuts, use a processor. The goal is to get this as creamy as possible.
The color and texture of the dressing will be that of a knarly mustard. And if you don’t want it that sweet, back off on the raisins a tad.
Here’s a quick shot of the dressing in a little dressing cup in one of my lunches from last week. I keep it separate from my salad unless I have tough greens like kale that need to wilt down by lunch time, in which case, I mix it in with the kale and then pack my lunch.