Orange Cashew Salad & Creamy Orange Dressing

I have a recipe for you, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?

But first,  I have to share, I cannot contain my excitement.  If you follow me on twitter, you may already know that yesterday, I bought a plane ticket to Washington D.C. (one of my favorite cities!) next month.  Joseph will be there for part of his training & I’m allowed to go visit.  So visit I will go (& kids will stay with grandma & grandpa).  Joseph will have work stuff during the day, but we’ll be able to spend the nights together and let’s be honest.  I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble entertaining myself in D.C.  It’s been 10 years since I went to that beautiful city, & I’ve been dying to go back ever since.  Smithsonians are on the top of my list.

Onto that salad.

Have you ever bought fruit from a guy selling it out of his truck on the side of the road?

It’s one of my favorite things to do.  On a recent warmish fall day, a late Saturday afternoon as I recall, I drove passed this fellow & knew I had to stop.  He didn’t speak any English.  Had I been a braver woman, I would have attempted some small talk in Spanish.

A bag of oranges for $10?  Sounds good to me.

After we talked about instinctive eating the other day, I realized I should probably show more of my day to day foods.

(I love things like this & this, but those are more rarities than not.)

When I really think about it, most days I really feel like with a huge bowl of salad for lunch or dinner.  Add some soup & good cornbread, I’m happy.

Raw purple cabbage is such a great addition to salads (& soups!).

It adds color & crunch (& has a mild, sweeter flavor than green cabbage.)   Purple cabbage is something I try to have on hand at all times.

This salad is filling enough to eat on it’s own.

Or pair it with a soup. ( I think this Asian inspired soup from Love & Lemons would be great.)

Oil-free dressings seem to be a bit of a mystery to many people new to the concept, but really, it’s much easier than you might think.  (For more on oil-free dressings, go here & here.)

If you have a good non-dairy, oil-free mayonnaise it gets even easier to make creamy dressings.

If you don’t like mayonnaise  or don’t have it, you can use raw cashews.  Which I know are not cheap, but are such a great addition to your pantry.

Crunchy Orange Cashew Salad w/ Creamy Orange Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe

Calories per serving: 172 (just salad)

Fat grams per serving: 6 g (just salad)

Cashews, red cabbage, & oranges combine for a simple salad.


  • 1/2 c. raw cashews
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage
  • 3 oranges, sliced & quartered
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 c. agave
  • 1/4 c. dairy-free mayonaise or 1/4 c. raw cashews
  • Juice from one orange
  • 2-3 TBS. raw apple cider vinegar


    For salad:
  1. Wash & chop romaine.
  2. Thinly slice purple cabbage.
  3. Peel, slice into thin discs & then peel segments (so it looks like little triangles).
  4. In large bowl, toss romaine & cabbage, most of the oranges (save a handful for the top), & most of the cashews (save a handful for the top).
  5. Top with remaining cashews & oranges.
  6. For the dressing:
  7. Wisk all ingredients & chill before serving. Note: I like Nasoya mayonaise, it's oil-free.

Additional Nutrition Info: For salad: 6 g protein, 26 g carbs, 7 g fiber For dressing w/ mayonaise, per 2 TBS.: 65 calories, 2.5 g fat, 11 g carbs, .5 g protein, .5 g fiber

Recipe submitted to this week’s Wellness Weekend at Diet, Dessert, & Dogs.  Check it out for more allergy-friendly, vegan recipes!


Have you ever bought fruit on the side of the road?

Have you ever been to D.C.?  Favorite places to visit, eat?


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  2. Gabby @ the veggie nook
    on October 22, 2012 at 9:05 am said:

    Gorgeous dressing my dear, I can’t wait to try it out- so simple yet delightfu sounding!

  3. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    on October 22, 2012 at 6:42 am said:

    Mmm I’m a sucker for mayonnaise and salad. For real.

    So exciting that you get to see Joseph (and that the kidlets aren’t coming) you two will get some much-needed time together, yipee!

  4. Gena
    on October 21, 2012 at 8:20 am said:


  5. Ashlee @ Plant Infusions
    on October 20, 2012 at 7:22 am said:

    I am so glad you get to see Joseph.

    I was feeling sorry for myself about Paul’s crazy schedule for the last week, and his flying out to TX for all of next week. And I thought, I don’t know how Janae does it.

    Then Paul and I got to talk on the phone a little bit and I felt so much better.

    I think it will be so helpful for you to see him, how long do you get to stay in D.C.?

    Of all the travel I used to do with Paul, pre-children, D.C. has to be my absolute favorite vacation with him, ever. We just ran around, literally, on foot, and it was such an adventure. You get to see so much on foot that you would totally miss in a car. Museums, the memorials, (Abraham Lincoln!) were all so fantastic. Loved it, and I’m sure you will, too!

  6. Beth @ Tasty Yummies
    on October 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm said:

    These photos are so great, I especially love the one of you tossing the salad, the purple cabbage and the purple skirt are beautiful together. This salad sounds amazing. I am so happy for you that you will get to take a trip to DC to see hubby and explore. Sounds wonderful!

  7. DK
    on October 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm said:

    Yay D.C.! I’m a vegan who lives in the D.C. area.

    Some of my fav places to eat in the city…

    1) Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats (the owner won Cupcake Wars! Brownies are to die for…)
    2) Founding Farmers
    3) Fojol Bros. (a great food truck!!)
    4) Nam Viet (for vegan PHO!!)
    5) The Science Club
    6) Julia’s Empanadas

    For more places see here:,89828.html

    Enjoy your trip. Love your blog!

  8. Michaela
    on October 19, 2012 at 11:04 am said:

    Have a wonderful time in DC! It’ll be good to be able to go out on some date nights with your hubby in that fun city 🙂

  9. lfwfv
    on October 19, 2012 at 10:35 am said:

    So thrilled you get to see your husband soon! Yipeeee! Sounds like you’re going to have a great time 😀