By JJ Virgin

Toasted Macadamia Nut Dressing


July 25, 2016

Macadamia nuts have a buttery taste and are a rich source of heart-healthy energy. Keep this dressing in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 1/2 cup


1/3 cup macadamia nut oil

1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1/8 tsp monk fruit extract

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


1Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.

2Add the macadamia nuts and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.

3Transfer to a bowl and let cool.

4Coarsely chop the nuts.

5Combine the remaining oil, the vinegar, mustard, monk fruit extract, salt, and pepper in another bowl.

6Stir in the cooled nuts and any oil that accumulated at the bottom of the bowl.

This recipe is part of the Backyard BBQ menu, with BBQ Glazed Chicken, Tex-Mex Burgers with Avocado Salsa, Cucumber & Radish Salad, and Blueberry Sorbet. Check out the Backyard BBQ Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for the best backyard BBQ ever!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tablespoon
Sodium320 mg
Protein1 gram
Total Fat25 grams
Saturated Fat3 grams
Total Carbohydrates2 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram