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Making dips, dressings, and sauces from scratch is simplified with your food processor. Use these recipes to boost the flavor at your dinner table. You’ll be glad you did!
Is a Food Processor Worth It?
A food processor is an essential kitchen tool for us. We got it as a wedding gift in 2011, and it’s still going strong. And we’ve put it to good use, too. I use it several times every week. And when I have big meal prep days, I might use it 3-4 times in one day.
If you don’t have a food processor and are thinking of getting one, I say…DO IT! Yes, a food processor is an investment. But totally worth it, in my opinion. This is the Cuisinart food processor that we have.
What can I make with a food processor?
I’m so glad you asked! You can do so much with a food processor. You probably know that you can shred and slice veggies with the slicing and shredding blades that come with it. But you might not know that you can make awesome dips, dressings and sauces in your food processor, too.
I’ve compiled 7 of my favorite dips, dressings, and sauces that you can make with a food processor. Follow the links to get to the recipes.
Caesar Salad Dressing
This Caesar salad dressing is super tasty. Toss it with romaine and top it with some croutons (gluten free if needed), and Parmesan (optional). Best of all, avoid the preservatives and refined oils found in most store bought dressings. Make it in minutes with your food processor.
We make this homemade mayonnaise weekly with our food processor. If you haven’t tried homemade mayonnaise before, I think you should. I bet you’ll be surprised at how much more flavor it has than store bought. And you can make it at home in minutes!
Are you wanting to try something new? Maybe a mayonnaise-like spread, but without the eggs? Or perhaps you’d like a dip for your veggies and need to use up that ripe avocado on the counter? Try this avocado mayonnaise. It’s packed with flavor and will be a hit at your next party!
Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Ready for a special treat? This pudding is so good. So rich, so chocolatey, and so creamy. And it only takes a few ingredients and a couple minutes. You’ll be so happy you tried this.
Yep, you heard that right, folks! You can make your own nut butter. Instead of paying $9/lb for pre-made almond butter (I just checked at my local store), just buy raw, unsalted almonds for about $6/lb and make it yourself! I’d recommend roasting the almonds in the oven for a few minutes if you do buy them raw. It boosts the flavor in the almonds quite a bit. Here’s the low-down on nut butters and how to make them with your food processor.
I don’t typically use my food processor for guacamole, but that’s because I like it chunky. If you prefer your guacamole on the creamier side, throw the ingredients in your food processor and blend it until it’s just how you like it. This simple and awesome guacamole recipe will be perfect for taco night!
Make hummus at home easily in minutes! Throw the ingredients in your food processor and the hummus will be ready for your party in no time.
This hummus recipe is super tasty. Your guests will love it to dip their veggies, crackers, and chips in it for a high protein, healthy dip. And no need to worry about preservatives and bad oils in it, because you get to decide what goes in and what stays out!
Time to Cook!
Now that you have your food processor, and you have your recipes. There’s only one thing left to do. Get cooking!
Time Saving Tip
It’s not uncommon for me to make two or three of these recipes in one cooking “session”. I’ll take an hour or two to prepare a bunch of dips, sides, and dressings for the week. This way I don’t have to move the food processor in and out of the cupboard as many times.
Lately I’ve been ending my cooking “sessions” with this chocolate avocado pudding as a reward for a hard day’s work. Because it’s so so good.
If you’re looking for a food processor to add to your kitchen arsenal, I recommend this one. It’s similar to the one we got seven years ago as a wedding gift that we LOVE!
Happy Cooking! Do you have a favorite dip you like to make in your food processor? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!