6 cups of chopped fresh spinach - or another salad green for the base
1 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion - tossed in black pepper
1 avocado, chopped - tossed in the juice of 1 large lemon
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup tempeh bacon bits - recipe here
1 cup chilled kidney beans, drained
1 cup hearts of palm (diced) - tossed in 1/8 tsp turmeric + 1 tsp olive oil + 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar + 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1. Toss your spinach in a light salad dressing - only if serving immediately. If your Cobb will sit for a while, leave greens undressed.
2. For your hearts of palm - only toss half of them in the yellow turmeric mix. This way you will have half white and half yellow. Just like an egg would look. Continue assembling salad - add all your ingredients in thin rows across the top.
3. Serve with Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing.
Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing
makes about 2 cups
15 ounces silken tofu, drained/squeezed dry
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 tsp celery seed
3/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp fine black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 Tbsp maple syrup - grade b
3/4 tsp sea salt - salt to taste
2-3 Tbsp grape seed oil
Directions: Mix all ingredients -- make sure tofu is well chilled when you blend. Blend until creamy - salt and spice to taste and serve!