Backyard Picnic

13 07 2011

Another hot day, another back yard meal.

First, I always feel very privileged to be able to share food with friends. Second, this little backyard luncheon was preceded by a little visit to a little pond, which I should probably take a picture of because it’s a little oasis in the middle of suburbia.

We enjoyed a new fangled spinach dip with carrots and tomatoes, alongside a salad with a dressing I made up on the fly.

New Fangled Spinach Dip

2 1/2 cups packed spinach

1 1/2 cups cooked white kidney beans (or other white beans)

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 small clove garlic

salt and pepper to taste

water (to reach desired thickness)

Combine all the ingredients – except the water – in a food processor and blend. Add water as necessary to reach desired consistency. Be careful not to add too much water!

Chill for at least 30 minutes before enjoying to allow the flavours to come together.

*originally from Ripe from Around Here by jae steele

Smokey Maple Dressing

1 Tbsp Braggs or Tamari soy sauce

2 Tbsp maple syrup

2 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp pepper

3 – 4 drops of liquid smoke

Mix all ingredients together in a jar and shake until combined.


The salad pictured is just spinach, strawberries, and avocado. The night before I enjoyed the dressing on spinach with blueberries and toasted pecans.




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