This is a very easy and delicious salad with a creamy cashew dressing. You can also make this with walnuts in place of cashews.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend the olive oil, 1/3 cup cashews, warm water, honey, lemon juice, white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic in a blender until smooth and creamy; chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

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  • Toss the spinach, 1/2 cup chopped cashews, strawberries, and mushrooms in a large bowl until mixed; drizzle chilled dressing over the salad and toss lightly.

Nutrition Facts

244 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 14.8g 5% DV; fat 20.4g 31% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 153.9mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2010
Love it! Wonderful flavor and very creamy -- tastes even better the next day. For me 2 cloves of fresh garlic was a little much but roasting the garlic it was ok. Thanks so much for sharing have already made 2 batches and it's a keeper:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2011
I was a little disappointed with the salad dressing. The flavors didn't come together well. It may have been that I scaled down the recipe; but I tried to keep the proportions the same. Read More
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10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2010
Love it! Wonderful flavor and very creamy -- tastes even better the next day. For me 2 cloves of fresh garlic was a little much but roasting the garlic it was ok. Thanks so much for sharing have already made 2 batches and it's a keeper:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
Easy to make and tasted wonderful! I Brought it to a party and everyone was raving about the dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2010
excellent salad!!!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/21/2011
I was a little disappointed with the salad dressing. The flavors didn't come together well. It may have been that I scaled down the recipe; but I tried to keep the proportions the same. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2011
I absolutely loved this salad. It was easy to throw together and was delicious. The flavors mixed wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2012
We love this salad. I've made it with the cashews once and almonds once but usually make it with macadamia nuts now. I've used the dark balsamic vinegar but lately I've used white balsamic. It makes for a nicer color. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2012
I made this salad to go with a roasted pork tenderloin. I really liked the dressing however my husband and son thought that the dressing had way too much garlic in it. I'll probably make it again but use just one clove of garlic instead of the 2 cloves called for. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/27/2012
This was a 3 star for me as written. I tweaked it by adding about 3/4 tsp dried mustard powder to the dressing to make it a 4 star. That filled out the flavor and added a tiny bit of heat. I let the dressing sit overnight. It would be helpful to know if the cashews were raw or roasted and salted. I used raw cashews in the dressing and then added 1/2 tsp of salt. For the salad itself I roasted the remaining 1/2 cup cashews in the oven for 5-10 minutes (watch them carefully) and chopped them once cooled. Next time I will roast all of the nuts. Overall this was a good change up on the standard spinach strawberry salad. Thanks for posting caramommy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2016
This review is really for the dressing more than anything. I love it. I used salted cashews because that's what I had on hand and that worked great. With regards to the garlic unless it's a very small head of garlic you're working with I agree with other reviewers that 2 heads is too much. Read More