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Garden Salad with Creamy Apricot and Orange Dressing

May 31, 2011

Here is another recipe that you can enjoy without feeling guilty and sacrificing the taste… 


Assemble garden salad with your favorite greens, Cucumber, Cherry Tomatoes, Walnuts, and chopped dried Apricot, Orange Slices or diced Apple.



3 Dried Apricots

2 – 3 Tbsp Fresh Orange Juice ( you can use carton’s OJ but taste will differ)

3 Cashews

1Tsp Red Wine Vinegar

¼ Tsp Ginger Juice (fine shred Ginger Root, squeeze shredded Ginger, and collect Juice)

2-3 Leaves Fresh Basil Thinly Sliced

Salt to Taste

Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)



  1. Soak Apricot and Cashews in warm water for 15 minutes and drain.
  2. In a blender (I used Bullet), blend Apricots, Orange Juice, Cashews, Red Wine Vinegar, Ginger Juice, Salt and Red Pepper Flakes together to a smooth paste.  Use water or Orange Juice to adjust the consistency as desired.
  3. Add Basil and Pulse the blender.  Do not over process Basil; you want it to be visible in small pieces.

Pour Dressing over the salad and indulge.

This is for one (maybe 2) serving(s).

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Janki permalink
    March 6, 2012 6:06 pm

    cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from Anjali khanna

  2. June 13, 2011 5:23 pm

    I try to make my own dressings all the time. this looks creamy and delicious 🙂

  3. June 2, 2011 12:41 am

    Absolutely love it and can have it in a heart beat. Mouth watering pics.
    US Masala

  4. June 1, 2011 8:19 pm

    Great dip/ salad dressing Meghna. Do you know if I could replace apricot with any thing else may be ? Orange dressing sounds like a great touch 🙂

    • June 1, 2011 11:00 pm

      Thanks Kankana… You can try Cranberries.. they go well with orange flavor… and if you do try that do let me knnow how that turns out..

  5. June 1, 2011 2:05 pm

    Lovely salad Meghna…you are now providing me with so many new options of healthy eating…cheers to health.

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