Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that’s nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that's nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (plant-based, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

Now that I’ve been blogging for over 5 years(!), I’ve been able to gain a sense for which recipes have the most potential to “go viral”. Like flourless muffins, chocolate chip cookies, and pretty much anything with zucchini. Everybody LOVES zucchini.

It would probably be financially smarter for me to focus solely on things like that but then this blog wouldn’t be authentic to me. So while I’m aware that mushroom salad isn’t going to attract the masses, it’s something that I enjoy sharing with you. Because you’re my people. :)

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that's nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (plant-based, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

I think there are a good bunch of you that like mushrooms and this is one of my favorite simple recipes that uses them. I made it for the first time several years when I stumbled upon it watching Giada on the Food Network.

The original version features shaved parmesan which I will admit is pretty darn fantastic. But since I gave up cheese a while ago, I wanted to see if a vegan version would even hold a candle to the original. Good news! It does.

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that's nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (plant-based, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that's nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (plant-based, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

What’s so awesome about this salad is that it’s incredibly simple to make. You just combine sliced mushrooms with fresh parsley and a combo of lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle that with cashew parm, and BOOM. You have a light and refreshing salad that’s perfect for spring.

For my mushroom lovers out there, I hope you get a chance to try this because I think you’re going to love it. Just grab a blanket, find a good spot on a beautiful spring day, and serve with it some sandwiches for a nice little picnic.

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan- just 8 ingredients for a light and refreshing salad that's nutrient dense and packed full of flavor! (plant-based, vegan, grain-free, gluten-free)

Fresh Mushroom Salad with Cashew Parmesan

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

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Ingredients:

For the Salad

  • 1 lb sliced button mushrooms, (stems removed)
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Cashew Parmesan

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

To make the cashew parmesan, combine all of the ingredients in a blender (I like to use a NutriBullet). Pulse until a coarse crumb forms.

In a large bowl, combine sliced mushrooms and parsley. In a measuring cup, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, and a sprinkle of salt & pepper. Pour dressing mixture into bowl with mushrooms and stir to combine. Sprinkle with cashew parmesan, serve and enjoy!

 

This recipe is best prepared and served the same day. If you would like to prep it up to 1 day in advance, wait to add the dressing until ready to serve.

Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback! heart