Summer Celebration – Sweet & Peppery Summer Salad

Summer is nearly over and school is starting soon but there is still time to enjoy the bounty of the season.  Here in the desert Southwest it will feel like summer for some time yet. We  have had temperatures in the 110+ range for the past few weeks but it looks like we will be “dropping” to near 100 next week. Yeah! What better way is there to enjoy the week-end before school starts and stay cool than with this delicious summer’s bounty salad. Serve it as a starter, before your grilled veggie or bean burgers are ready, or have a larger portion as a main course. You will love this salad (the dressing is really awesome). It is definitely one of my go-to meals on a hot summer’s day.  Here is a little video incentive to get you started.


Sweet & Peppery Summer Salad

Sweet & Peppery Summer Salad

This salad makes a lovely appetizer or light meal. The quinoa, cashews and almonds are great sources of protein and the avocado adds heart-healthy fats. The lemons add a wonderful freshness, and of course Vitamin C, and the mango is simply delicious.

The combination of arugula, kale and radicchio is peppery and adds a lovely texture. All in all a wonderful summer salad.


  • Salad
  • 1 cup red or rainbow quinoa
  • 2 cups vegan vegetable broth
  • 1 medium Ataulfo mango
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds
  • 1 - 5 oz package Earthbound Farm Organic Kale Italia deep green blend
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (I used basil, parsley, garlic chives and cilantro)
  • Dressing
  • 1 cup raw cashews soaked for at least 1 hour
  • Juice of 2 medium sized fresh lemons
  • 1/4 virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cashew milk
  • 3+ cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Bring broth to a boil, add quinoa, then reduce to low simmer. Cook until broth absorbed (20 mins) Fluff quinoa with fork. Set aside to cool.
  2. Dice or thinly slice red onion.
  3. Chop mango into small pieces. (The Ataulfo mango is not fibrous like other mangos and has a lovely, creamy lightly sweet flavor. I recommend this mango as it is just the right balance for this salad.)
  4. Thinly slice raw almonds.
  5. Mix Kale Italia and herbs in salad bowl. Add quinoa and toss again. Add all other salad ingredients.
  6. Do not toss again until dressing has been added.
  7. Prepare Dressing: This recipe makes enough dressing for several servings. Refrigerate extra immediately.
  8. Drain cashews and place in bowl.
  9. Add garlic, olive oil, cashew milk, lemon juice, salt & pepper.
  10. Mash together.
  11. Place ingredients in tall container.
  12. Use immersion blender to blend into desired consistency. Add additional lemon juice to thin if necessary.
  13. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad ingredients and toss gently.

3 Replies to “Summer Celebration – Sweet & Peppery Summer Salad”

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    • You might want to share this recipe with the hospital cafeteria. Might help improve the quality of food available for staff and patients!

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