Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing

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Large ceramic platter filled with Mustard Green Salad with Cherries, Toasted Almonds, Nut Cheese, and Tahini Dressing

Ah, welcome to my version of summertime eats.

Produce, fruit, and plenty of quick heat-free meals, like this gem of a salad! It’s inspired by our CSA box, which has been brimming with mustard greens – a new love of mine. Shall we?

Colander with freshly washed cherries and some halved and pitted cherries on a wood cutting board

I have been envisioning this salad ever since I discovered our macadamia nut cheese! I knew that it would meld perfectly with greens, cherries, and tahini dressing, and I was right!

This salad requires 30 minutes (or less, depending on if you chill your nut “cheese”), 10 healthy ingredients, and no cooking!

The base is mustard greens, which happen to be a favorite of mine this time of year. Mustard greens have the texture of a spinach-kale hybrid, but they taste like mustard! I know – it’s incredible. Plus, they’re super high in vitamins and minerals! Total win-win situation right here.

Whisking Tahini Dressing in a small glass bowl

Next are my 5-Minute Macadamia Nut Cheese, toasted almonds, cherries, and my go-to, 3-ingredient tahini dressing!

The combination strikes the perfect balance between creamy, savory, and sweet. It was love at first bite.

Large ceramic platter filled with healthy Mustard Green Salad with Cherries, Toasted Almonds, Nut Cheese, and Tahini Dressing

I hope you all LOVE this salad! It’s:

Creamy
Fresh
Nutty
“Cheesy”
Fruity
Insanely satisfying
& Super healthy + delicious

If you try this salad, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Close up shot highlighting fresh seasonal cherries in our Mustard Green Salad with Cherries, Toasted Almonds, Nut Cheese, and Tahini Dressing

Mustard Green Cherry Salad with Nut Cheese & Tahini Dressing

Easy, 30-minute, 10-ingredient plant-based salad of mustard greens, cherries, toasted almonds, macadamia nut cheese, and creamy tahini dressing!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Big platter of Mustard Green Cherry Salad with a measuring cup filled with tahini dressing
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 (as an entrée, double as a side)
Course Entree, Salad, Side
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 2-3 Days

Ingredients

MACADAMIA NUT CHEESE

  • 1 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts (or cashews // soaked for 1 hour in hot water)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (plus more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley or cilantro (optional)

DRESSING

  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup

SALAD

  • 1/2 cup roasted slivered almonds
  • 5 cups chopped organic mustard greens (or other green, such as kale)
  • 1 cup pitted red cherries (organic when possible)

Instructions

  • If making macadamia nut cheese, 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 (1/4 cup or 60 ml as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). 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.
  • 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.
  • At this point, the “cheese” is ready to eat! But it’s better after chilling. 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.
  • In the meantime, prepare tahini dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Then add water a little at a time until a thick but pourable sauce is achieved (~1/4 cup or 60 ml as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Adjust flavor as needed, adding more lemon for acidity or maple syrup for sweetness. Set aside.
  • Once cheese is slightly chilled (at least 15-20 minutes), plate salad by adding mustard greens, almonds, and cherries to a serving platter or dividing between serving bowls. Top with half of the macadamia nut cheese (1/2 cup as original recipe is written) spread into dollops (you will have half leftover). Serve with dressing on side.
  • Leftover dressing will keep in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Leftover nut cheese will keep for 7 days, sometimes longer. Leftover (undressed) salad will keep for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for calculated with all of the dressing and 1/2 of the nut cheese.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 entrée salads Calories: 815 Carbohydrates: 54.1 g Protein: 19.2 g Fat: 63 g Saturated Fat: 8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 330 mg Fiber: 14.6 g Sugar: 11 g

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  1. Sophie says

    This was really yummy and refreshing. I used toasted pepitas and walnuts because I was out of slivered almonds and it was very good. I loved both the dressings!

    My tongue seemed to burn from the mustard greens…not sure if anyone else had that problem? Other than that, they tasted very good and strong, I don’t think I’ve had them before.

  2. Cat says

    Thanks for sharing this salad. It was so good and creamy with so many great flavors. We had this for dinner twice this week with sweet potatoes. It was a perfect meal for the hot weather in Georgia. Thank you for the recipe!

  3. Jessica says

    I tried this recipe for lunch today. I was excited to try the mustard greens, and I just picked up some great cherries, so it was meant to be. I didn’t make the “cheese” because it was a side. The dressing was amazing! Tip for the greens: buy two bunches and only use the small, young, curly stems. The larger are very strong tasting. I also refrigerated the dressing and then “massaged” into the greens, like I do with kale.

  4. Lauren S. says

    Yay! I love recipes for greens I don’t usually cook with! Thanks for expanding my green intake :)

  5. Therine D says

    I am allergic to sesame and so I cannot use tahini… Is there another ingredient that I could substitute or should I just work with a maple vinaigrette instead?

  6. Ashley says

    With your nutritional info – are the calories per serving or for the entire recipe? This looks delicious ! Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Nutrition information is a rough estimate for half the salad with all of the dressing and 1/2 cup nut cheese.

  7. sg52003 says

    This looks really yum!! But I have a request for a recipe. Can you please try to create recipe for Sudra’s kofta curry?