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Red Cabbage Salad & Walnut Goat Cheese with Avocado Dressing

Red Cabbage Salad & Walnut Goat Cheese with Avocado Dressing

Something I love about cabbage salads is that they can be dressed ahead of time, making for an especially convenient lunch option. This salad marries textures crunchy and creamy by bringing together cabbage, goat cheese and avocado dressing. The goat cheese takes on the feel of a creamy pesto or romesco sauce with the ground walnuts. It's wonderful on it's own with crackers or sliced vegetables, but who can resist goat cheese and avocado dressing? Happy Spring! -Mallory

Red Cabbage Salad & Walnut Goat Cheese 
Serves 4
4 cups red cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 cup arugula, chopped 

Avocado Dressing
Makes 2/3 cup dressing
1 avocado
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
salt and pepper

Pulse the toasted walnuts in a food processor until coarsely ground. Transfer to a small bowl and add goat cheese and lemon juice. Mix until well combined, then refrigerate until serving time.

Make the dressing in a food processor or blender by combining avocado, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and sesame seed oil. Process until smooth, season with salt and pepper, then slowly stream in up to a 1/4 cup of water, until the dressing reaches your desired consistency. Dress the cabbage, sprinkle with sesame seeds and top with walnut goat cheese and arugula, or other peppery greens.

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