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Elevate Your Vegan Cheese Game with Homemade Cashew Mozzarella
Looking for a delightful twist on the classic Caprese salad? Get ready to elevate your taste buds with a mouthwatering creation featuring homemade cashew mozzarella, vibrant heirloom tomatoes, fragrant basil, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
This easy recipe not only tantalizes your palate but also supports sustainable living by utilizing plant-based, zero-waste ingredients. Follow my step-by-step recipe to craft this delectable Cashew Mozzarella Caprese Salad that’s perfect for any occasion. Then, head over to my Store to find more recipes to pair with it — either from my cookbooks or my library of on-demand recipes!
Ingredients — Cashew Mozzarella
- 1 cup (240 g) raw cashews, soaked for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 24 hours
- 2 cups (480 ml) water or plant-based milk
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon tapioca starch / tapioca flour
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons light or white miso
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Ingredients — Caprese Salad
- Homemade Cashew Mozzarella
- Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
Directions — Cashew Mozzarella
Drain and rinse the soaked cashews, then add them to a blender along with water (or plant-based milk), tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, miso, apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice), salt, and garlic powder.
Blend until the mixture is completely smooth, resulting in a slightly watery consistency.
Pour the blended mixture into a small saucepan and set it over medium-high heat.
Stir continuously as the mixture heats up. The cheese will begin to form clumps; keep stirring until the mixture transforms from a watery consistency into a thicker, melty cheese sauce. This typically takes about 5 minutes.
Once your cashew mozzarella has reached a melty state, remove it from heat. You can serve it hot and melty…or…
…in order to achieve the texture of set-up fresh mozzarella, transfer to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, at which time you will be able to form / cut it into the shape you want — such as the common ball or dollop. (If you don’t use the entire batch of mozzarella balls, keep them stored in a container of water in the refrigerator.
Continue with the recipe for the Caprese Salad.
Directions — Caprese Salad
Slice vibrant heirloom tomatoes and arrange them on a serving platter. Tear or chop fresh basil leaves and scatter them over the tomatoes.
Drizzle a generous amount of balsamic vinegar over the tomatoes and basil.
Carefully spoon the balls / dollops of your homemade cashew mozzarella over the tomato and basil arrangement. Serve and enjoy!
What Makes This Recipe Zero Waste?
While there are an increasing number of commercial vegan / plant-based mozzarella cheeses on the market, this recipe provides all the flavor without the packaging, plastic, and cost of store-bought mozzarella.
“Caprese” salad draws its name from the enchanting island of Capri in Southern Italy.
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