I caught the tail end of artichoke season and finally succumbed to buying one of the steeply priced suckers.  I guess the flight from California orients the price tag, sending it a little out of my range. But the taste of an artichoke definitely proves worthy of a splurge, at least for one occasion during the season.

A simple steam and lemon oil/butter is really all you need to savor the delightful flavor of an artichoke.  Easy.

The steam part is definitely an essential. Unless you’re trying to get down with a tough, pointy thistle, artichokes need more than a little steamy lovin’ to loosen up their juicy goodness.  What you decide to pair the leaves with is when you can get creative.  As I just mentioned, a lemony oil/butter sauce is always a no-fail solution.  But there are tons of other easy-to-prepare sauces that go well with their unique flavor.

The one below was inspired by my roommate who is much more well-educated on how to use Mayonnaise than I am. She has showed me how well the ingredient can be used to create simple-to-make and addicting sauces.  Yeah, the whipped white stuff is gross when plain.  But add some spice, and voilà. I decided to create a vegan rendition of a curried mayo-sauce she once made, and paired it with the artichokes I bought.  Even Vegenaise isn’t the healthiest ingriedient, but when used sparingly to compliment a simply steamed, 60-calorie artichoke, it’s not looking too shabby.  A little oil certainly never hurt anyone.  (Ask yoga teacher Ana Forrest and she’ll tell you it’ll help keep you body loose.)

My roommate refused to tell me her recipe, but I believe my recreation turned out quite similarly, so now I can share it with the world (ahahaha).  The result makes me wish it wasn’t the end of artichoke season.  Although, I do believe the sauce would pair perfectly with asparagus…and broccoli…and all the other veggies on their way to my garden.

Artichokes with Creamy Vegan Dipping Sauce

(Serves 4)

-4 artichokes
-1/2 cup Vegenaise
-1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
-2 tsp. Sriracha
-1 small lime, juiced (about 2 1/2 tsp.)
-1/2 Tbsp. curry powder

Place steamer basket in large pot. Fill pot up with water to the lower edge of the steamer basket.  Bring to a boil.  Steam artichokes 20-30 minutes, or until leaves are tender.

Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve artichokes with dip.

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12 Responses to Artichokes with Creamy Vegan Dipping Sauce

  1. […] Artichokes with Creamy Vegan Dipping Sauce […]

  2. Another one of your recipes I’m filing away! This sounds great.

  3. Nice idea, I can see these artichokes and dip being a really nice appetizer idea. Thanks for the recipe to try.

  4. Aw man, I wish I had seen you post sooner! I just made artichokes the other day and ate them simply with a squeeze of lemon juice- Tasty, but no where near as decadent as this sounds.

  5. Absolutely divine 😀

  6. Erica @ Cult Of Kale says:

    I tried this tonight with my artichokes, but I think the lime and mustard overpowered it a bit for my tastes. It has really got me thinking about different ways to dip artichokes though, I’d like to try a garlicky version sometime and maybe make a tahini-style dip!

  7. […] I got a couple on sale at our local grocery outlet. I quickly steamed them and served them with a Creamy Vegan Dipping Sauce that doubled as a salad dressing. This was delightful recipe I found for one of the warmer days […]

  8. […] I got a couple on sale at our local grocery outlet. I quickly steamed them and served them with a Creamy Vegan Dipping Sauce that doubled as a salad dressing. This was delightful recipe I found for one of the warmer days […]

  9. T. Onyx says:

    Thanks for this!!!

  10. Sunny says:

    This has become a staple for me – for artichokes and as a chip dip on the more unhealthy occasions. I can’t find this pinned on your pinterest board though. If it’s not there yet, would you mind adding it? I need it easy to find on an almost weekly basis :)


    • grace says:

      Just pinned it for you! This is one of my favorites too, and now the Pinterest spot will remind me to start making it a bit more often.

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