Creamy layered bruschetta dip – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, vegetarian, vegan, clean and paleo friendly.
Now onto day 5 of my cashew recipes and this creamy layered bruschetta dip was inspired by my Roast cherry tomato and cashew tart recipe. I had some crackers handy and needed something creamy to dip them in. I opened my fridge and all I had was said tart sitting there. I dipped my cracker into the creamed cashew cheese with the other flavours on top and thus my creamy layered bruschetta dip was born! Perfect for a picnic or BBQ, you can dip your crackers into it or grab a spoon and dollop it on gluten free bread.
I found these chemical free tomatoes at the markets. They smell like they should (ie like tomatoes) and are perfect for this dip.
Tip: You will need to make the tomato mixture in advance so the flavours have time to develop and thus create a more pleasant eating experience. (I made mine up the night before I used it).
If your tomatoes aren’t ripe enough I’ve given you an option to add a bit of sweetener. Also, I didn’t add salt mine until I served it but it will still create juice. Make sure you leave out as much juice as possible.
Why this is so good for you
Tomatoes aid in the prevention of prostate cancer, reduce the risk of stroke, protect against loss of muscle mass, preserve bone mineral density, reduce the formation of kidney stones and keep bowel movements regular.
Cashews reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, help prevent gallstones, help prevent macular degeneration, reduce the risk of colon cancer, increases immunity and reduce the risk of stroke.
Basil helps relieve rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions, promotes cardiovascular health, brain health and liver health.
Olives reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the risk of colon, breast and skin cancer, control blood pressure, reduce the effect of Alzheimers disease, help prevent blood clots, protect against anaemia, enhance fertility, improve the appearance of wrinkles and reduce the risk of stomach ulcers.
Onions strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.
Himalayan salt salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
- 1 cup raw (natural) cashews, soaked overnight or for 20 minutes in hot water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2 vine ripened tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
- 4 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely sliced basil leaves plus extra for garnish
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- Generous grind of black pepper
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Optional: 1/2 - 1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- Extras: 6 black pitted olives, finely chopped
- Blitz all cream cheese ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender. Chill until ready to use.
- Mix bruschetta ingredient together and chill until flavours have combined. When ready to serve, season with some pink Himalayan salt (I used 1 level teaspoon). Juice will form.
- Transfer cream cheese to a bowl. Add the brushcetta ingredients, making sure you don't add the juice.
- Sprinkle the olives over the top.
- Serve with crackers or gluten free bread.