Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing

Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing

Serves: 2 people
Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing


For Macadamia Nut Cheese:
  • 1 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)
For Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup
For Salad:
  • 1/2 cup roasted slivered almonds
  • 5 cups chopped organic mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup dried red cherries (organic when possible)


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Make Macadamia Nut Cheese:
  1. Add macadamia nuts to a food processor or a high-speed blender along with lemon juice, nutritional yeast, garlic powder, sea salt, and the lesser amount of water. Mix/blend, scraping down sides as needed. Then add more water 1 Tbsp (15 ml) at a time until a thick paste forms. I find I get the best texture results with a food processor, but in a pinch, a blender can work too. It just generally requires more scraping and more liquid.
  2. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt for saltiness, lemon juice for acidity/brightness, or garlic powder for garlic flavor. Blend again to combine. If adding herbs, add at this time.
  3. Transfer "cheese" to cheesecloth (or a thin, clean towel) and rest over a fine mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl. Twist the top of the cheesecloth so it forms a loose ball. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, up to 24-36 hours. The longer it chills, the firmer the "cheese" will become.
Make Dressing:
  1. In the meantime, prepare tahini dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity or maple syrup for sweetness. Set aside.
Make Salad:
  1. Once cheese is slightly chilled (at least 15-20 minutes), plate salad by adding mixed greens, almonds, and cherries to a serving platter or dividing between serving bowls. Top with tahini dressing and serve with macadamia cheese in a bowl.