This just looks like  a cool and different sauce/dip … gonna try this!  This Spicy Cashew Sauce Should Go on Everything was written by Arabella Breck for Medium.com/tenderlymag, 26 May 2020.  Please let me know if you try it, like it or improvise on it!

This sauce’s nutty, tangy, spicy flavor is a perfect addition to any simple rice + veg + tofu dish, plus it makes a delicious dipping sauce for raw vegetables the next day. I’ve also been known to eat it with a spoon when there’s just a little left at the bottom of the jar… It’s just too good!  (I’ve included the original, non-vegan version from Bon Appetit)

Bon Appetit Spicy Cashew Sauce
 

Spicy Cashew Sauce


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