Raw Vegan Herbed Cream Cheese Endive Bites
Source: Kimberly Snyder, Better Vegan Category: Vegan Appetizers
Prep Time: 15 min Cook time: 0 min Total Time: 15 min Serves 4 to 6
Raw I Oil Free I Gluten Free I Refined Sugar Free
About this recipe
This is a great and easy to make appetizer for any occasion. Perfectly creamy and thick consistency makes this spread taste almost like real cream cheese. If you wish to have a little bit more cheesy flavor, add a dash of nutritional yeast to taste.
1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed (I use Sincerely Nuts Raw Cashews Whole & Unsalted No Shell)
1/2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced
1-2 leaves fresh sage, finely chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
3-4 Tbsp. filtered water
1 small clove garlic, peeled
1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt or to taste (I use Sherpa Pink Gourmet Himalayan Salt, 5 lbs Fine Grain)
1 thick head endive, root end trimmed and separated into leaves (or baby romaine)
1/4 cup raw walnut halves, for garnishing (I use Kirkland Signature Walnuts)
1/4 cup microgreens, for garnishing
1. Prepare the ingredients.
2. Combine the cashews, herbs, lemon juice, water, garlic and salt in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. If you are using a blender, you might have to add a little bit more water to keep it going. Simply turn on the blender, add a little more water, scrape down the sides, pushing the contents into the middle, and then resume blending as needed.
3. Arrange the endive or baby romaine leaves on a large plate.
4. With a small spoon, spread a small amount of the nut cream cheese on each leaf. Garnish each with a walnut half and some microgreens and serve at once.