Strawberry Avocado Salad with Macadamia Chevre
I used to have a favorite Spring salad that had chevre and strawberries on it. I thought that I would never be able to enjoy the chevre part of it again, but I have been making a raw chevre with macadamia nuts that is just as delicious. It has a bed of spinach, fresh strawberries and avocadoes with the luscious chevre, as well as a sweet strawberry dressing which I have also revamped from my previous salad. I added nutrient packed chia seeds which are wonderful in the dressing! Everyone I have shared this salad with loved it, and they did not miss the dairy cheese. Try it when strawberries come into season and you will love it!
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
To make the chevre, combine all ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth, adding a Tbsp or two of water as needed to create a goat cheese like consistency (do not add too much or it will be too thin.). Place the cheese in 2 layers of cheesecloth, fold it around the cheese and let sit in the fridge overnight.
To make the dressing, soak the chia seeds in the water until they soak all of it up (about 15 min). Add them to a food processor, along with the 1 1/2 cups berries, balsamic vinegar, coconut nectar, olive oil, and sea salt to taste. Process until smooth and well blended. This dressing can be stored in the fridge for 2 weeks.
To assemble the salad, place spinach on four plates, top with the sliced avocadoes and berries. pull small pieces off the chevre and scatter them about the salad (you will most likely have extra chevre for another use). Drizzle the dressing over the salads and serve!
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