Vegan Southwest Salad with Creamy Cilantro Jalapeño Cashew Dressing
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Over the last few years, I’ve made various versions of this salad, but this version has the most beautiful colors and texture. It’s crunchy, fresh, and bright, and the Cilantro Jalapeño Cashew Dressing is the perfect creamy, tangy topping.
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 5 servings (12 ounces dressing)
Cilantro Jalapeño Cashew Dressing
  • ¾ cup (103 g) raw cashews
  • ¾ cup (175 ml) water
  • ½ cup (8 g) firmly packed fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) lime juice plus
  • 1 teaspoon zest
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Vegan Southwest Salad
  • 1½ pounds (680 g) romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce [425 g]) cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • 1¼ cups (188 g) grape tomatoes
  • ⅔ cup (110 g) thinly sliced red onion
  • ⅔ cup (95 g) sliced radishes
  • ⅔ cup (60 g) sliced avocado
Cilantro Jalapeño Cashew Dressing
  1. Puree cashews, water, cilantro, lime juice and zest, onion powder, salt, and cayenne in a blender until the mixture is as smooth as possible, then let it rest in the pitcher for 5 minutes.
  2. Blend again to further break up the cashews. Season with additional salt to taste.
  3. Transfer to a jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Vegan Southwest Salad
  1. Set out five roughly 30-ounce (850 g) storage containers. Divide the lettuce evenly among the containers, then top with black beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, and onion. Top each serving with radishes and sliced avocado.
  2. Drizzle the dressing over the top of each salad (or divide into five small containers or jars). Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days.
This recipe is reprinted with permission from Vegan Yack Attack's Plant-Based Meal Prep by Jackie Sobon and Fair Winds Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. © 2020
Nutrition Information
Calories: 248 Fat: 11g Carbohydrates: 31g Sugar: 11g Fiber: 10g Protein: 10g
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