Easy Five Ingredient Cauliflower Miso Dip with Camelina Oil [Vegan, GF]

Five Ingredient Cauliflower Miso Dip - Vegan, Gluten Free

What is Camelina Oil you ask? Let me share with you one of our very own Canadian oils, grown from ancient Camelina Seeds, a relative of the mustard family originating from Northern Europe. It also happens to have one of the highest smoke points of available oils. That about sums it up, except I need to mention that it tastes fantastic! I decided to include it in this Easy Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip because of just that. It has an earthy and nutty flavour which goes well with the miso in this blended vegan dip, and I love topping it with chickpeas that have been roasted in the Camelina Oil for a double dip of this healthy fat. This Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip is just in time for the holidays because if you are like me quick and easy is a must at this time of year.

“Camelia Oil has a favourable composition of omega-3 to omega-6, and 4g of omega-3 alpha lipoic acid per tablespoon.”


If you have never had a cauliflower dip I encourage you to give it a try. As you probably know, cauliflower makes a great alternative to mashed potatoes because it blends so smooth and creamy. I added hemp hearts for additional creaminess and to offer a thicker dip-like texture. Miso provides the majority of the flavour as well as live-active cultures to keep our gut healthy (see Health Benefits of Fermented Foods You Probably Have At Home), and garlic is added because… well garlic makes most things taste better.

Smoke Point of Cooking Oils
Not only does cold-pressed Camelina Oil taste great added to dips (and salad dressings), I also tend to gravitate towards it at home because of the high smoke point, making it ideal for stir-frying, sautéing and roasting. In the past, I have used refined olive oil for cooking which has a smoke point of around 410 degrees F (see Cooking with Olive Oil and other Usage Tips) and avoided cooking with extra-virgin olive oil because of the lower smoke point as shown in the image above. Recently, few of my readers have questioned the sustainability of using olive oil, as it does have to travel such a distance to reach our dinner plate. Now Three Farmers is providing us with Camelina Oil from Saskatchewan soils, and I am excited to share our sustainable local Canadian oil.

Simple and Easy Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip with Camelia Oil

For additional sustainability points, Camelina Oil is certified non-genetically modified, unlike some other Canadian oils. It is drought tolerant and cold resistant making it great for Saskatchewan soils. Three Farmers, the producers of Camelina oil, also pride themselves on their traceability and display a barcode on each one of their products so consumers can trace their bottles of oil right back to the source of where they were grown. Its high content of Vitamin E makes it very shelf-stable – approximately 18 months from press date.

To finish off this Five Ingredient Cauliflower and Miso Dip I recommend serving it with roasted chickpeas for some added crunch. Simply roast your own using the Camelina Oil, or Three Farmers also prepares their own Camelina Oil roasted chickpeas for a quick and easy option.

Five Ingredient Cauliflower Miso Dip - Vegan, Gluten Free
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Easy Cauliflower Miso Dip [Vegan, GF]

A simple five-ingredient dip made with cauliflower, creamy hemp hearts, probiotic-rich miso and local Camelina Oil. A gluten-free and vegan appetizer perfect for the holiday seasons.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 96 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cauliflower cut into bit sized pieces
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp Camelina Oil cold-pressed

To serve

  • 1/4 cup Roasted Chickpeas* (optional)

Instructions

  1. Start by steaming the cauliflower for about 7 minutes. You will know it is done when you can pierce it easily with a fork. (Option to roast cauliflower for more flavour, see note).

  2. Add the cauliflower and the remaining ingredients except for the oil into a high-speed blender or food processor and start blending on low.

  3. Gradually add the oil, one tablespoon at a time. Turn up the blender until a smooth creamy dip is formed.

  4. Top with roasted chickpeas if using. Serve with a side of crackers or sliced cucumber.

Recipe Notes

*I used Three Farmers Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt made by the same Canadian company that produces our Camelina Oil. To roast your own, coat a can of rinsed chickpeas in Camelina Oil and sea salt. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until brown and crunchy.

Simplify the recipe: Use 1/2 tsp garlic powder in place of garlic clove.
Amp up the flavour: Instead of steaming, roast the cauliflower in 1 tbsp of Camelina Oil and sea salt for 25 minutes before adding to the food processor.

Nutritional Information

Amount per one of six servings

Calories: 96
Total Fat: 7.6g
Saturated Fat: 1.0g
Sodium: 32mg
Potassium: 204mg
Carbohydrate: 4.5g
Fibre: 2.4g
Sugar: 1.8g
Protein: 3.6g
Vitamin C: 40mg
Calcium: mg
Iron: 1.6mg

 

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  1. Eve says:

    Looking forward to trying this, but I’ll roast the cauliflower as this intensifies the flavour!

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