I love pesto, so combining a leafy green salad with savory pesto dressing is a no-brainer for me. This salad is packed with the flavors of fresh herbs and lemony goodness. The avocado is loaded with nourishing healthy fats and creates a creaminess to this salad. Enjoy!

Preparation + Cook Time: 30 minutes

Makes about 5-6 servings

For the Pesto Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Packed Fresh Basil
  • 2 T Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 C Pine Nuts
  • 1/3 C Raw Cashews
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1/4 t Minced Garlic
  • 1 T Water
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 T Nutritional Yeast

Instructions:

  1. Put all of the ingredients for the pesto dressing into a food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Scoop into a bowl and set aside. pesto

For the Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 Avocados
  • 2 T Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 15 oz can of Chickpeas
  • 1/2 a Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 C Green Onion, chopped
  • 1/4 C Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 6 C  Spring Greens Mix or Arugula
  • 1/4 C Cashews, chopped avo veg

Instructions:

  1. Cut the avocados into small cubes. Put them into a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the avocados and mix until the avocados are evenly coated. Add a dash of Salt & Pepper. avo chickpeas
  3. Drain the chickpeas. Add to the bowl of avocado. Stir to combine. Now, add the cucumber, green onions, and cilantro. Stir again to combine.
  4. Add the spring greens. Toss the salad and add the pesto dressing. (You may not need to add all of the pesto if you don’t want as much dressing). Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with the chopped cashews and serve.

Benefits of this recipe:

–Avocado protects heart health, aids in better digestive health, protects from diabetes, balances hormones naturally, and boosts your mood. It is also great for keeping your hair, skin, and eyes healthy.

-Basil contains disease fighting antioxidants, helps lower inflammation in the body, reduces stress, fights depression and anxiety, supports the liver, and promotes cardiovascular health.

-Salad greens or arugula protects eye health, improves heart health, helps maintain strong bones, improves digestion, helps prevent diabetes, and reduces skin inflammation.

-Chickpeas help control blood sugar levels, improves digestion because of high fiber content, helps protect against heart disease, is a good source of protein, and contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals such as zinc, folate, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

The information on the benefits of the ingredients was researched from http://www.draxe.com

 

 

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