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This salad is filled with nutrients, and is so very creamy and delicious. The mushrooms are the only cooked part of this recipe. Cooking mushrooms reduces their agaritine content. Agaritine is a carcinogenic substance that is radically reduced by cooking. 

Instead of using dairy Parmesan, I have made Brazil Parmesan. Avoiding dairy is a great way to decrease the fat and cholesterol in your diet. You can read more about the harms of dairy products to our health here

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4 Amazing Nutrient-Rich Superstars of this Salad

  • Mushies: Mushrooms lower the risk of breast cancer, and boost the immune system due to their powerful phytochemical content. 
  • B-nuts: Brazil nuts are wonderful for fulfilling your selenium needs. Only 2 Brazil nuts a day help vegans get all of their selenium, an important cancer-preventing mineral. Read more on that, and get more Brazil nut recipes, here: http://bit.ly/1VVhTNQ .
  • Greens, greens, greens: I detail the magnificent health benefits of greens here. You’ve already fulfilled your selenium with this recipe, why not get some more minerals? Greens will help you do so.
  • Garlic: raw garlic has the power to prevent common colds, contains tons of minerals like manganese and B6, and can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Vegan Warm Mushroom Parmesan Salad

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 5 cups leafy greens or spring mix of choice chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/4 soft ripe avocado
  • 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber
  • 1/4 large sweet white onion
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 medium bell pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon or about 2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the mushrooms

  • 1/2 pint of white button mushrooms or any mushrooms of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano and thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/4 cup water

For the Brazil Parmesan

  • 1 cup Brazil nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Instructions

For the salad

  • Chop all veggies and place them in a bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice on top. Chop the avocado and mush it into the veggies, mixing thoroughly with your hands.

For the mushrooms

  • Boil about 1/4 cup water in a pan (a small amount of water at the bottom of the bowl). Add your mushrooms and spices, and cook for about 20 minutes, or until they shrink well and are soft, making sure to mix them so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan. If you need to, add a small amount of water in the process.
  • Add to salad once they cool down a bit.

For the Parmesan

  • Turn on your food processor, and throw in the garlic clove once it's going in order to chop it. Add the nuts and pulse a few times to break them up until they are the consistency of rice. Add the salt and nutritional yeast, and pulse a few more times.
  • Top the salad with the Parmesan.
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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.
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