Avocado Almond Salad with Gluten-Free Cheesy Croutons

Serves 6

Balancing different dietary restrictions can be difficult when you’re hosting a get-together. Thankfully, this flavorful, crowd-pleasing salad is vegan and dairy free in addition to being gluten free.

gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free salad


  • Croutons
  • 6 slices gluten-free bread, cut into cubes
  • ½ cup Go Veggie! Dairy Free Parmesan Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Dressing
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄3 cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Salad
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens such as baby spinach and arugula
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • ¼ cup whole raw almonds
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • 2½ tablespoon Go Veggie! Vegan Parmesan Cheese


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Toss bread with cheese, olive oil, sea salt, pepper and thyme. Place on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown and crisp.

Meanwhile, whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine mixed salad greens, avocados, almonds and cranberries. Toss with lemon juice dressing to coat. Add vegan Parmesan cheese and serve with baked croutons.


Nutrition Analysis: 500 cal, 38 g fat, 0 mg chol, 930 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 10 g protein.
Recipe by Amie Valpone, a Manhattan-based personal chef, culinary marketing consultant, recipe developer and food writer who specializes in simple gluten-free recipes for the home cook. She blogs at thehealthyapple.com.