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Cathy Fisher shows you how to easily prepare two flavorful, SOS Free, Whole Food, Plant Based dishes that are awesome for a gathering.

Strawberry Bean Salad

Cathy Fisher wrote this recipe book.

Creamy Coleslaw

For the dressing:

½ cup water

2 ounces raw, unsalted cashews (about ½ cup)

1 tablespoon vinegar (I like apple cider)

2 tablespoons mustard (I like Dijon or stone ground)

1 medium clove garlic, sliced

For the salad:

3 cups chopped green cabbage

1 cup chopped red cabbage

1¾ cups grated carrots (1 to 2 medium)

1½ cups diced apple (1 to 2 medium), peeled or unpeeled 

½ cup raisins

¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients (water, cashews, mustard, vinegar, mustard and garlic) into a blender, and set aside for at least 15 minutes (so the cashews can soften).
  2. Place all of the salad ingredients (cabbage, carrots, apple, raisins, and onion) into a large bowl.
  3. Blend the dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad, and toss well.

Preparation: about 20 minutes; Serves: 6 (makes about 8 cups salad and 1 cup dressing)


  • For a little variation, add ¼ cup thinly sliced radish, celery, fresh fennel, or green onions, or ½ to 1 cup chopped bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, or pineapple.

Cathy Fisher is the author of the cookbook, Straight Up Food, full of recipes made of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, with no added refined salt, oil or sugar (and gluten-free). Cathy’s specialty is giving traditional dishes makeovers so that they look and taste as close as possible to the originals! Cathy has been plant-based for over 22 years, and a culinary instructor at the McDougall Program and the TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, California for over 12 years.






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