Springtime Vibes Salad+Cilantro Almond Butter Dressing - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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You guys, this salad!


Omg, in case the name didn’t give it away, this salad is inspired by both my trip to California (which as I write this I’m about to pack but if your reading it I’m probably chilling in San Diego by now) and all things Springtime as well. It’s basically a little celebration in a bowl about the approach of warm weather and longer daylight hours. I can’t wait to share my trip with you later this week. I can guarantee I’ll have way too many pictures.


I’ve heard a lot of you guys saying that it’s been really cold where you live in different places across the US and even Europe, so obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone, but up here in the Northwest the groundhog must not have seen his shadow because the weather has been really unusually warm. After a few months of pretty cold weather and snow, I’m pretty okay with this. As you can see I’m totally gearing up for Spring.


So I have this really big problem when I start to plan out a salad, there are no rules. Now I can see how this would be a problem in an opposite way for many people because they don’t even know where to start. For me though, I can hardly find where to stop because when I start on all the colorful veggies and toppings I just get too inspired and want to add literally EVERYTHING!


It’s alright, I just make it a rule for myself to not put more than with fit into a large bowl. good news for you because that means if there’s an ingredient you don’t have or don’t like it can be easily left out and you’ll still have plenty of flavors going on.


The key player on this salad is definitely the dressing. I know it’s not completely an original idea to use nut butter as the creamy factor in a sauce (hello Thai Peanut sauce) or dressing but almond butter was a first for me, and wow, YUM! The cliantro with the citrus adds a ton of deliciousness too, so the final dressing is one you’ll be going back to over and over.


The rest of the ingredients were partly just what I had in my fridge that I wanted to add. Because if that I honestly had the hardest time choosing a name for it. I think that, other than the dressing of course, the best part might have to be the roasted asparagus and chickpeas. Oh, and if you’re ever think that somehow my kitchen is perfect, well just know that I have real life moments too. For example, I’d planned to have a beautiful sliced avocado for the photos, but you know, sometimes avos decide to ripen faster than you use them. Hence the choice to go with guacamole.


I also love these type of salads because they can be made into a meal by adding some extra protein and even cheese if you like, or served as a side as is. The recipe as it is is vegan and gluten free, so that’s a plus.


Springtime Vibes Salad+Cilantro Almond Butter Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: 4 - 6 servings

A fresh and fruity filled salad topped with a dressing that's super creamy without any dairy. This is a great one for Spring and Summer!


Roasted Chickpeas & Asparagus:

1 bunch asparagus, woody stems cut off and chopped
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
salt & pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil


1 cup strawberries, stemmed and sliced
2 nectarines, sliced
4 cups fresh spinach leaves
1 cup miniature sweet peppers (or bell pepper), seeded and sliced
1/2 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup guacamole (optional)

Cilantro Almond Butter Dressing:

1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup raw almond butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
2 teaspoons sriracha (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


Roasted Chickpeas & Asparagus:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200C) and toss the asparagus and chickpeas with olive oil, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes until the chickpeas are golden brown and the asparagus tender.


Toss together the spinach, cilantro, onion, peppers, strawberries, and nectarines in a large salad bowl. Top with guacamole, slivered almonds, dressing, and roasted chickpeas and asparagus.

Cilantro Almond Butter Dressing:

Combine the ingredients for the dressing in a small food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. Store in an airtight container until ready to store.


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Beautiful .. well done
Healthy food . Good for you .. But mixing fruits and vegetables seems strange to me
Thank you for sharing your recipe with us

Your food look delicious. These winters are going too long. I am glad to read spring food recipe.

I am glad I was able to provide some light to the end of your winter tunnel @introvert-dime

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I am glad you found me to @darlene.kitchen. I hope my work inspires.

That looks very healthy!

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I know what you mean in regards to having a hard time choosing a name for a dish. I never use a recipe...almost never. I end calling it in Spanish....the main ingedient a la qualquier. Like pasta qualquier, or pollo qualquier. Which mean as you know chicken-whatever!

But seriously, you really caught that spring time essence in this dish. Well done! As always!

Funny how you are getting ready for the spring. I'm technically south of the Equator and soon will be heading further south into Peru. So I'll literally be traveling into autumn!

Bit strange especially being from Albany New York. Anyway Gringa! You know how I have a tendency to write long Email style messages....so we'll leave it that!

Wishing you an excellent and safe trip to Cali! Have a great time! -Dan

Thanks so much Dan. So, whey Peru? And, what's after Peru?

My goodness you're popular. What a ton of responses you've got here!

A true "Budget Travel Pro" always travels regions and neighboring countries at a time. It makes the most budget sense. So from where I am now I'll just hop on a bus and 6 hours south and maybe 20 dollars I'll be in Mancora Peru. So that the main reason Peru is next, beside I want to see the people, food, culture and so on....

To zig zag all over the world with expensive flights is only for the big players like the one and only Gringalicious! But I'm hoping to be somewhere close to your level soon, and I won't have to be so "budget minded". After Peru, I'll just keep heading south or east into neighboring Bolivia or Chili. But I have to get back to Florida in early may as I promised my dad I would visit around that time. So we'll see how far I get before I'm forced to hop a plane back to the states. Then to Europe for the Summer! At least that's the plan.

How is California? Or I'll just wait for your post. I know how busy you are. No need to reply after seeing this huge list of comments at the end of this post....and every post! Talk about an All Star Steemer! You Rock! Take care and be safe on your travels! -Dan

the commenting phenom strikes again, we'll chat later

That looks full of goodness. You must feel amazing after eating that.

thanks so much for the kind words @unclehermit

You are such an inspiration for the steemit comunity. When I visit your blog I see quality, passion and the most tasty food. Thank you for being on steemit.

thank you for the kind words

Wow it simply looks soo delicious and yummy......it must be very healthy tooo

glad I caught this one, thanks so much for commenting @universalpro, and yes, I'd like to think it is healthy too

so when can you invite me to your place to taste the typical cuisine from you

Hehe, well maybe someday @naymar!

i like vegetables and salad , thanks for sharing , you did really great job .

wow you are a good woman in cooking

Thanks @sweet-angel! I'm always thrilled to share a new recicpe!

Hey @gringalicous that looks sooo good. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you very much for sharing. Single dads like myself can learn a lot from you. Much appreciated. Keep it coming. Upvoted and followed by @cryptoryno33

ok, this really looks great....
I have to try it.

thanks so much for commenting @ivan78

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I like your post.. have upvoted by @suhendi

I really appreciate it @suhendi!

I've been LOVING spring product this year. I feel like all of it is so wonderful both raw and sauteed. This is definitely the ultimate spring salad. Love all the veggies, flavors and health benefits. THANKS Beautiful, lady! @gringalicious

You are also welcome and keep it up.

This is the most complete salad I have ever seen, so many fresh vegetables and fruits, this will surely produce a blend of fresh and delicious flavors, and this is very healthy, thanks @gringalicious you have shared this special recipe.

I hope you can try it and enjoy, thanks @ami92!

When life gives you over-ripe avocados...you make guacamole. :) Hope you have a safe trip! waves from LA

Waves from LA, that means you're about 2 hours North of me at the moment, I'm waving back.

Thanks so much for the great commenting @mikesthoughts

Luckily I came across your post after I ate dinner today :) I only drooled a little bit, hehe.

Awesome to know I'm close to some Steemian friends. Thanks for the support @mikesthoughts!

it looks amazing dear
i like it

I'm so glad, thanks @nourtawfiq!

Salad is healthy and u have also included some items that I even don't know what they are but yeah looks nice and healthy. Photographs are awesome and these look even better and by the way good luck for your trip. Hope you enjoy lots and lots. Thank you. Keep updating. @gringalicious

I will for sure! Thanks @wa2qr! I'm so glad you liked it.


So glad you like it @umar97!

This is looking very tasty in view

mmm... yummy looking..
its looks like really tasty and healthy food..
nice clicks again buddy @gringalicious

I'm so glad you liked it @achi!

looks tasty

thanks so much for commenting @energox

Heavenly! Jelly of your warm weather! Panama next week, can't wait!! Have fun in SD, check out herb&wood I bet you would like it!

thanks so much for the 'herb & wood' and for the kind words @brandyb

yes dear it is cold here where i am living so your dish is perfectly match with my mood. Its looking yummy but i can eat it in your post:) hehehehehe

Okay i ll try to make it soon thanks for sharing your pretty recipe.

Looks delicious, the photos are great.
I'll try it and will send you the photos.

awesome, I will really be looking forward to those photos

the pictures make me wanna have some of the salad :D

would love to try the recipe, thank for sharing it

thanks so much for the great commenting @rahmanovic

if we eat together while enjoying the beauty of full moon at night must be romantic times

thanks so much for commenting

thanks also for a good post

Amazing, very nice recept. I'm cooking this and my family happy.

come once to my area, here you will get various types of traditional salads, with flavors that upload the appetite.

For the friends, do you know that salad is a traditional food, which each each has its own unique name, and coincidentally in the salad area named after the gado-gado

wow! looks like summer vacation!

I like salads, your dish it is a great combination of colors and tastes. I can't wait to try it

thanks so much for the kind words @allesia, I do hope you give it a try

Yum! This salad looks tasty, cannot wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

I love sharing with friends @twoinspire!

Everything is awesome ! Looking Yummy and Tasty !! Always mouthgasmic !!

thanks so much for the kind words @akkha

You are welcome my friend ! I always like your yummylicious foods. If you don,t mind, My post " Crowd and Cannabis" can be interesting for you .

this looks pretty delicious tho.

it's a good dish. and I'm really hooked on how you cook it ... like you are a great cook. thank you for shering @grngalicious

So jealous you can make this. Currently living in Thailand with no kitchen and a lot of these veggies are super expensive (for Thai standards) so I am missing salads like these! Living vicariously through this!

Well, I hope I was able to help. So, living in Thailand, are you blogging about that?

I am ! And sorry for the delay, I just figured out where replies are, very new to this steemit thing. I have my own blog and will be writing on here as well. Next step, post once a week at least. Just learned how to follow you also, loved the San Diego pics.

Looks great, you are truly putting a lot of care into your dishes! I especially love the fruit and veggie combo in this one 😉

thank you so much @rawadventures, thanks so much for the encouragement

It's breakfast time here and that salad looks delicious!

I've been guilty of salad for breakfast a time or two, it's ok, the penalty wasn't too harsh

Haha! I think I'll be more up for salad breakfast once we're rid of the frosts in the mornings :)

Enjoy your vacation! Xx

Hmmm looks tasty

I'm so glad you think so @realsteemian!

thank you very much for sharing the food @gringalicious

Thank you for sharing ! I will be making 😋

awesome, thanks for commenting @missjennifer

That looks really good. I am however not a big fan of Asparagus.

Anything I can use as a substitute, or can I just leave it off? :)

Gorgeous wooden table that is your backdrop.

Just leave it off, easiest option.

My brother-in-law @drobinson made that wooden board for me. I think he'll be posting about it soon.

Thank you for another recipe. Thanks for wetting my appetite

Haha, always my pleasure @deeambuiltandach !

Looking forward to more

Hello Friend @gringalicious! Today the world celebrates Love Day and romance!
I wish you had a day of love every day!

Wow, this looks awesome (obviously, all of your shoots do!) but really weird to me, you know how I feel about the healthy options but I almost want to try this one just because the flavour combo's seem so strange to me!!

awesome, go strange, you'll thank me later

Looks so yummy! Healthy and simple to make. Have a great day!

thanks so much @crissimoes, you have a great day also!

@gringalicious "I can guarantee I’ll have way too many pictures". You can not add "too many"pics, they are always pleasant to look at so I wait for more :) thanks for bringing some spring to us. Poland is under snow right now and I don't like it :P looking forward to warmer times coming...

Thanks for the encouragement that I can never have too many photos @xuanito. I am in beautiful San Diego, but back home in North Idaho, they got fresh snow this morning.

Hehe, so enjoy beautiful California spring and come back to Idaho with new energy for making goodies for us 😊

OMG! totally saving this recipe in my OneNote cookbook, thanks. For when the Gringalicious cookbook? ;) Have a great trip in California!

thanks so much for the well wishes in CA, we're having a ton of fun so far. Thanks for adding this to your cookbook @jessicapixie

That definitely is springtime in a bowl right there! I can't wait for fresh asparagus! It really is so good when it is in season every so briefly. :)

My dad picked up the asparagus from Costco, they had just got a fresh shipment and he knew I would want some. I'm in San Diego right now, and last night's restaurant had fresh as well, so, it's coming for sure. thanks so much for commenting @plantstoplanks

Great vibes it has got already so good great work big thumbs up :D

thanks so much for the thumbs up @blazing

Amazing, I like your post ! thank you for sharing this post

There's a lot going on in that salad! But we like it. One mouthful must have so much flavor, not only with the veggies, but that sauce too! Yum! :)

the sauce was so yummy, even if I say so myself. My sisters and Mom loved it, but they are biased. Thanks for commenting @travelling-two

Ohhh! This salad bowl looks so good my friend!! I like the mixture of veggies and fruits in your bowl, especially the peanut dressing which you use , it will give to your salad special taste.
Happy valentine day.

Happy Valentines Day @creativewoman, thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I hope you can give this salad a try.

I like salads very much
Thanks for a lovely post.
I like to try it.

Looks Yummy ..my perfect kinda food for our humid South African weather..this Looks refreshing💞

Thank you..it was super yummy..used the dressing also with a paprika and garluc roast chicken..was amazing.

Welcome to Cali @gringalicious! Enjoy! I have the same problem with salad as you..."just get too inspired and want to add literally EVERYTHING!" In fact, sometimes my family will say, "What kind of salad is this?" And I will reply "Garbage Salad" cuz it has everything I could find in it ;)

garbage salad, I feel some inspiration, thanks so much @denisechips

Oh wow what a gorgeous salad @gringalicious.I love the various colours looks like a bowl of sunshine.Im living in the uk and yes its blimmen freezing🤤😨. Looking at your california inspired dish brings a smile on my face.Beautiful pics too👍👍

thank so much @pamcooks, great commenting

I really should stop reading you posts hungry! 🙈
Wonderful recipe as always!

thanks so much for commenting

[email protected] your meals are always mouth watering.
I wonder how you manage to still look amazing .
Keep it up ma'am.
Nice one

Well, I enjoy staying active. Thanks @prettyprecy!

That's good keep being active

Wow what a yummy food... I would like to have this if you can please...

thanks so much for commenting

This is not only amazing stuff but you are really inspiring people for going into these keto kind of diets. It not only looks jaw dropping and beautifully described by you but it is seriously a good intake for a healthy life. I mean the ingredients like asparagus , lemon, strawberries do have a lot of health benefits. Amazing, looking forward to tell my mom about this 😋

Oh, that's great @tasauver! Thanks for such a great comment!

Thanks for this great recipe. It's only beneficial for your readers😊

Omgosh, this looks so flavorful! My meals consist mostly of salads, thanks for this new creation. I resteemed so that it will be handy when Spring comes around here in eastern Canada....hopefully soon....

thanks so much for the comment and the resteem @mirella

Beautiful salad and superb photography!

Hi @gringalicious! I ventured into your world of cooking today and mentioned YOU in my post! It's a special Valentines Day post for my "first love"... Pizza! 🍕🍕🍕

I took a look, I thought it was really cool. I must apologize for not being able to give you more support, I am just stretched so thin, but you are noticed and I encourage you to keep up the good work

Thanks so much @gringalicious! No worries, it's not about amount or anything, I'd still think youre great if you didnt have anything to give. I think you give so much to the whole community and I've always appreciated your kind words. I just wanted to encourage you too with a little shout out 😊

That looks soooooooooooo good! My wife is so excited, she is going to the shops to get the ingredients! Just what I need in this heat today =D
Thanks for sharing, @gringalicious

thanks so much for commenting @halfhead

Great looking food :)

thanks and welcome to steem

You had me at "almond butter dressing."

it was amazing, I hope you give it a try and then turn it into your own post, that would be so cool

stunning all done. beautiful and everything is clear. I like fruits especially strawberries. a good post you always make us happy.

All your articles are so inspiring but this one in here inspires me most as a newbie in this community.Glad you always put this in your last part of your blogs. Coz when I first join steemit, I dont know how to start? so I just posted one of my HomeMade Pastry and thought its like posting in fb where people can easily see, like and share 😂 funny memory to look back.its just then that I realized that I have to introduce myself so people can see I exist in this community 😂 thank you for Inspiring many of us.Such a humble young talented beautiful artist.I am humbled. You are such an Inspiration

thanks so much for the kind words @shenchen and I am thrilled that I could inspire

This looks so healthy and refreshing. I bet it was bursting with flavors

flavor explosion, you must give it a try

Such a Gringa! Me encanta tus fototicos y comida. Jajajaja

gracias por tus commentarios

Salad is very nice for over health and the any time dinner we can use salad it is good for stomach

Thanks for the support @farazali1850!

Ohh my god!! This is real heaven in your mouth!!! :))

thanks so much @planetbasedmiri. Don't forget to contact me next week

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this is a very tasty @gringalicious cuisine, a mother who is good at cooking to come out. thanks for sharing here

I'm so glad you liked it @ahokchong!

and I though yesterday's post was over the top, this one is even higher - WOW!!