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Sweet and Tangy Green Chile-Chipotle-Cilantro Dressing [Vegan]

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One of the biggest stumbling blocks I encountered after making the decision to severely reduce the amount of oil I used in cooking and baking was how to make salad dressing. I was completely stumped. Red wine vinaigrette with copious amounts of olive oil had been my go-to dressing. For ideas I turned to Ann Esselstyn’s recipes in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. They filled the gap, but I wasn’t thrilled with them; I needed a whole heck of a lot more flavor. Adding nuts to a basic oil-free dressing created that nice, creamy richness I craved and took the edge off of the tang of vinegar. From there it was just a matter of adding my favorite flavors.

Sweet & Tangy Green Chile-Chipotle-Cilantro Dressing [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan


2 cups


  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lager beer
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 oz. chopped green chiles
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Chipotle Tabasco
  • 1/8 tsp. chile powder
  • 1/8 tsp. coriander
  • pinch salt & black pepper
  • small handful of cilantro
  • 1 small nub of fresh turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 date


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until very smooth.





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5 comments on “Sweet and Tangy Green Chile-Chipotle-Cilantro Dressing [Vegan]”

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Shelly Bobb
4 Years Ago

Yummy! Looks great. I love cilantro!

Andrea Fontenot Hegland
4 Years Ago

I should just hole up for a week & make all these dishes. Then hole up for a month more & eat them

Cynthia Donovan
4 Years Ago

Sounds yum

Taylor Wood
4 Years Ago

Taylor Bergum Sontasia Salmans

Pat Nelson
4 Years Ago

Yeah it's probably great - if one could get all of the ingredients...


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