"Summer on a Fork" Salad with Creamy Cashew & Lemon Dressing
  • Cooking Time: 0
  • Servings: 2
  • Preparation Time: 15
  • Main 5:
  • 2 cups kale
  • 8 strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 2 watermelon radish's, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • Pantry Items:
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic power
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  1. The Salad:
  2. 1. Rinse kale and tear off leaves from the stem. Discard stems and place kale pieces in a medium salad bowl.
  3. 2. Give the kale a nice healthy massage with your hands. (Who doesn't love a healthy massage?!) It keeps the kale from being too tough and chewy as well as releases natural enzymes to aid in digestion.
  4. 3. Rinse the strawberries and watermelon radish's and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  5. 4. Halve the avocado, take out the pit and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  6. 5. Place the strawberries, watermelon radishes, and avocado in with the kale.
  7. The Dressing:
  8. 1. In a blender combine cashews and all the pantry items.
  9. 2. Blend until smooth and creamy (Add more water for a less creamy texture)
  10. *Tasty Tip: To test the dressing for flavor, dip a small piece of your kale in the mixture. Adjust to taste. And don't be afraid to play within the recipe. It's YOUR salad, not mine. Don't like lemon juice, try orange or lime. Go for it!
This was the very first ever "5 Ingredient Challenge" recipe for Episode 1 of The Vegan Roadie in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Before you judge me for making a salad ("how vegan cliché!"), you try being in Michigan in the middle of summer and not make something crisp, juicy, and fresh. I couldn't resist! For the "Main 5" ingredients I picked up some gorgeous fresh summer strawberries and kale at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, watermelon radishes at Randazzo Market and then visited Babo, A Market by Sava to grab the avocado and cashews...let the summer freshness begin! For my "pantry" items I grabbed some Pure Grade A Michigan Maple Syrup by Snow's Sugarbush, a lemon, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt & pepper (all staples in my kitchen). Show me YOUR creation @theveganroadie on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. #5IC #kaledit