Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free}

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow

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You never know when inspiration will strike and for that reason I always try to stay open to receive.  Hence the lead in to this weeks Food Story.  As I was strolling through Williams Sonoma the other day picking up a few things as well as gawking at all the goodies(as I tend to do) I noticed this neat looking Garden Bucket.  Not knowing if it was theirs for decorative purposes or if it was for sale I asked one of the associates.  They said it was for sale and then that's when it happened.  INSPIRATION FLASH!!  So I made my purchase and off I went.  Over the next couple of days, I started piecing it all together including ideas for a title.  The word Crudités kept repeating itself to me.  Crudités is French and simply means a variety of raw vegetables.  I've always loved this word so Garden Party Crudités just rolled right out.  So now we're ready to get this party started.  The following Food Story is a visual replica of what went through my brain standing there in the middle of the Williams Sonoma.…come join me on this super fun creative adventure:)

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow


Here's what you'll need…lots of Veggies!!!!

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow

 

And a little "Dirt"…aka Nuts!!!!

- Check out the lone Almond mingling with the Pecans…hahahahaha:) -

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow

You'll also need a Garden/Metal Bucket to hold the Nuts, a few Paper Bags to line the Bucket, a Bowl for your Dip, an extra Plate for overflow of Veggies and several sheets of Thick Paper as well as Parchment Paper and Tape to make Cones.  So let's get started...

 

Assemble Ingredients

Veggie Assortment (I used Baby White Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini, Broccoli, Celery, Orange and Yellow Bell Peppers, Radishes, Pickled Okra, and Kalamata Olives)

2 cups Cashews (soaked in Water for 8 hours) + 1/2 cup Cashews dry

1/2 & 1/4 cup Cashew Milk (see recipe below)

Juice of 2 Lemons (approx. 6 tbsp)

2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 tsp Onion Powder

2 tsp Dill

2 tsp Dried Parsley

2 tsp Ginger Powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Celery Salt

Flowers for decoration

Almonds and Pecans (or any of your favorites)

 

Let's first make some Cashew Milk.  In a high speed blender add 1/2 cup of Cashews and 1 1/2 cups of Water.  Blitz on high for a few minutes till completely liquified.  Strain mixture through a piece of cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer into a separate bowl to remove any sediment.  Pour into a container for refrigeration and set aside.  Now onto the Cashew Ranch Dip.  Place the soaked Cashews in a high speed blender along with Cashew Milk, Lemon Juice, and Apple Cider Vinegar.  Blitz till incorporated and smooth (you may have to scrape down the sides or use the plunger with the Vitamix to get a good rotation started).  Pour mixture into a bowl and add the rest of dry ingredients.  Combine.  Place in serving bowl.  Now grab all your Veggies and cut into bite sized pieces and set aside.  

 

Before we get started assembling lets do a quick tutorial on making Paper Cones.  I prepared a quick video guide below to help you out if this is your first time.  The paper I used was 8 1/2 x 11 so I had to cut off 2 1/2 inches to get equal sides.  I then folded it in half corner to corner forming a triangle and cut down the middle to create two halves.  Now you're ready to make some Paper Cones.  Check it out!!

And here they are finished...

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow

 

Now comes the fun part.  Start by adding the Almonds and Pecans into your Paper Bag lined Garden Bucket(s).  Add the Paper Cones.  Start filling them with all your assorted Veggies.  Place any overflow on side dish and set next to the Bucket(s).  Add in your prepared Cashew Ranch Dip and accessorize with some pretty flowers.  You're now ready to entertain.  Have FUN:)

Garden Party Crudités(veggies) with Cashew Ranch Dip {dairy-free} | Seed Plant Water Grow