Spring Strawberry Salad with Macadamia Chevre and Strawberry Chia Dressing

I used to make a strawberry chevre salad that I just loved.  I was seriously addicted to it, making it a few times every week.  I thought that when I gave up dairy and went vegan I would never be able to enjoy the chevre part of the salad, but I was wrong.  I have been making a macadamia chevre that is so much better than the real stuff, that I decided it was time to make the salad again.  

I changed it slightly though swapping avocados for the pecans I used to put on it, and making a new and improved dressing.  I used to simply puree strawberries with oil and vinegar, but I thought, why not add some chia seeds?  I love poppy seeds in dressing so I figured chia would be even better.  
The salad as a whole was delicious!  Sweet berries, creamy avocados and tangy chevre in a flavorful dressing.  I shared some with both my Mom and my boyfriend and they approved as well.  I have a feeling I will be making this one even more than the old version!

Spring Strawberry Salad with Macadamia Chevre and Strawberry Chia Dressing
Serves 4

Macadamia chevre:
2 cups macadamias, soaked for at least 4 hours and drained
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
2-3 Tbsp filtered water as needed

Dressing:
2 Tbsp chia seeds
6 Tbsp filtered water
1 1/2 cups strawberries
3 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp raw coconut nectar
2 Tbsp olive oil
sea salt

2 avocadoes, sliced
1 pkg strawberries, sliced

about 6 cups of spinach

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, 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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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

9 Comments
  1. Sunnie
    March 22, 2013 at 12:44
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    Oh my goodness!<br /><br />I've been wanting to get out of my usual salad rut and try a new salad (don't get me wrong; I LOVE this one salad that I make nearly every day, but I know that I need a little nutritional variety . . .). THIS - okay, I bought macadamias last week on a whim, I have PLENTY of chia in my pantry, and now I'm definitely going to buy avocados, strawberries, and basil this week (read: tomorrow!).<br /><br />Thank you!

    • Sunnie
      March 22, 2013 at 12:45
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      Ha-ha oops, did I say basil? I meant spinach. ;) But actually maybe basil would be yummy with it, too . . . hmm . . .

    • March 22, 2013 at 21:31
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      I do that too with the rut thing lol. I hope you do try it out, you will love it! <br />Ps, basil would be awesome on this too!

    • March 30, 2013 at 23:18
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      I thought so, I love the stuff. I have not, I would have to order it since it is not available where I am.

  2. March 30, 2014 at 19:05
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    Any good substitutes for the coconut nectar? I am allergic to coconut so can't use it (which bums me out b/c it is used in so many yummy healthy recipes). Definitely trying my hand at the chèvre next time I can get to the store. I Love cheese but really need to cut it out of my diet. Never knew you could make something like this!

    • March 30, 2014 at 21:25
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      You can use another liquid sweetener like raw honey, maple syrup or raw agave nectar.

  3. March 30, 2014 at 21:59
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    Do you have a good source for nut cheese recipes that you recommend? This looks amazing! I recently have given up dairy.

    • March 31, 2014 at 03:56
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      I prefer macadamia nut cheeses and pine nut cheeses, such as in these posts: http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/2013/12/pine-nut-chevre-with-cranberry-pear.html http://fragrantvanillacake.blogspot.com/2013/03/beet-carrot-and-blood-orange-salad-with.html<br />But Rawmazing has some pretty good cheese recipes, if you prefer different flavors: http://www.rawmazing.com/category/recipes/raw-food-appetizers/

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