A simple appetiser to whip up - the cashew sour cream doesn't require a long soak so you can make it at a moment's notice. I prefer a fresh tomato salsa for better flavour but if you're short on time you can use your favourite jarred salsa.
Place the cashews in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat on the stove and simmer for 15 minutes. Drain and add to the jug of a high speed blender. Blitz with ½ to 2/3 cup water until smooth and thick. Add the lemon juice, salt and garlic to the blender and blend again until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Make the salsa:
Stir together all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350oF.
Tip the tortilla chips onto a baking sheet. Dot with spoonfuls of the refried beans and the salsa. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and place in the oven. Bake until the cheese starts to melt – this will vary depending on the brand but should only take a few minutes.
Remove from the oven. Halve, de-stone, peel and finely slice the avocado. Lay the slices of avocado onto the nachos, dollop on some spoonfuls of the cashew cream then sprinkle on the jalapeno and cilantro. Serve.