A few years ago I discovered Monterey Farms Artichokes while shopping for produce at Whole Foods Market. They come vacuum packed in four different flavors "Grilled, Herbal, Buffalo and Plain" I buy them all the time and I always have at least 2-3 packs in my fridge. Unlike the marinated artichokes you find in jars, these babies have a firm unbelievably chicken like texture that seems to be exclusive to this brand. They come in several flavors and all of them are delicious. I used the Buffalo flavor for this recipe. You can find the Monterey Farms Artichokes here or at your local Whole Foods Market. I think I'm going to start buying them by the case directly from the company because thats just how much I love them.
1 package of Monterey Farms Buffalo Artichokes cut into pieces
1 tbs of sriracha sauce
1 english cucumber sliced
1 carton of lettuce washed and cleaned
1/2 a red onion thinly sliced
2 cups of sliced tomatoes of your choice
1 cup of sliced sweet peppers
3 tbs of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
salt to taste
The Cashew Ranch Dressing
1 cup of raw cashews
2 tbs of nutritional yeast
1 tbs of onion powder
2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of salt
the juice of 1 lemon
1 tbs of fresh chives
1 tbs of fresh parsley
3/4 cup of water
First make the raw cashews dressing by combining all the ingredients to a blender except the fresh herbs and blend until smooth.
Once the dressing is smooth fold in the fresh herbs and additional salt to taste and set aside.
Now place a skillet over medium heat and add in the oil and artichokes.
They are already cooked so you just want to warm them up and get a little crispy for a few minutes.
Add in the garlic and onion powder and sriracha sauce and stir while cooking for an additional 4-5 minutes.
Now you can assemble your salad.
Store any remaining salad dressing in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
See how good this looks. It literally looks like chicken!!