Celebrate Spring with this packed salad featuring roasted beets and carrots, smoky maple chickpeas, and a creamy lemon cashew dressing. Light and fresh, yet creamy and filling.
This salad is a perfect ode to Springtime in New England: while my taste buds are craving vegetables and lighter dinners, the rainy weather is keeping the grilling-season at bay. So what to do? Roast up some spring-time veggies and throw them on a salad!
I’ve been wanting to make a cashew dressing for some time now, and now that I have I can safely say it will be a frequent accompaniment to our salads this summer. While it may sound time-consuming, it really is as simple as putting raw cashews in a bowl of water while you wait for your coffee to brew in the morning. By the time dinner comes around, all you need to do is pulse the soaked cashews along with some olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor and then bam! A creamy, yet healthy (and vegan) salad dressing
A quick note: be sure to use a small clove of garlic otherwise the dressing will be way too garlicy! Also for the dressing, I recommend stopping periodically when pulsing to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. It may look clumpy at first, but keep pulsing – I promise it smooths out!
Just a short post today as I hope you all are either out enjoying a lovely day off from work for Memorial Day, or are like Bry and I and allowing yourself to do absolutely nothing – who knew doing nothing could feel so good 😉
So here’s a toast to the perfect salad for rainy spring weather!
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I love adding roasted vegetable to my salads!
Glad you agree Julie! I find that roasted veggies just make a salad feel more like a real entrée rather than just a side dish 🙂
This salad sounds divine!!
This salad is perfect 🙂
Glad you think so too Pamela 🙂
Roasted vegetables are the best. I would be all over this salad
Right? I love the contrast of the warm roasted veggies with the salad greens. Hope you give it a try!
So colorful and every ingredient sounds perfect together!
With the rainy weather I’ve been trying to add in some color to my food for a mood boost 😉 Glad you like the recipe Kelly!
I love everything about this salad!
Thanks Laura 🙂