3 years ago
Chopped Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing

From Cooking Light.

Chopped Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing

Similar to a chunky pico de gallo, this side salad provides an array of antioxidants from the cucumber, bell peppers, tomato, green onions, and garlic.

Chopped Vegetable Salad with Garlic Dressing
  • YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Ingredients
  • 2 cups English cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 red leaf lettuce leaves (optional)
Preparation

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine lemon juice and next 5 ingredients (lemon juice through garlic) in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss gently to coat. Serve salad on lettuce leaves, if desired.

(Source: myrecipes.com)

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3 years ago
Watermelon Gazpacho

Choose a cranberry-raspberry juice (or juice of your choice) that’s free of added sugars and flavorings and such. From Cooking Light.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Tomatoes are usually the main ingredient in this Spanish-style chilled soup, but this version features fresh seeded watermelon. Watermelon, like tomato, is a great source of the antioxidant lycopene.

Watermelon Gazpacho
  • YIELD: 8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cubed seeded watermelon
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped peeled English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon extravirgin olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup cranberry-raspberry juice
Preparation

Combine first 10 ingredients. Place half of watermelon mixture in a food processor, and pulse 3 or 4 times or until finely chopped. Spoon into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining watermelon mixture. Stir in cranberry-raspberry juice. Chill thoroughly.

(Source: myrecipes.com)

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3 years ago
Green Apple and Celery Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Skip toasting the walnuts, of course. From Cooking Light.

Green Apple and Celery Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

This crunchy salad can chill for up to an hour before serving. If you want to get a head start on the preparation, slice the celery, chop the parsley, and toast the nuts in advance.

  • YIELD: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 3 apples)
  • 4 cups thinly sliced celery (about 6 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
Preparation

Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add the apple and remaining ingredients, and toss well to combine.

(Source: myrecipes.com)

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3 years ago
Moroccan Carrot Salad (Schlata Chizo)

From Epicurious.

Carrot salads are a relatively new dish, especially raw ones. Until well into the twentieth century, most Europeans ate only cooked carrots, primarily in stews and soups. In the Middle East, people also used them as a component of cooked dishes, but sometimes added grated or minced raw carrots as a minor ingredient to various salads. It was in northwestern Africa that carrots, both cooked and raw, became the featured component of salads — typically an accompaniment to couscous or part of an assortment of salads.

Moroccans brought carrot salads to Israel in the 1940s, and they quickly became ubiquitous. These salads are a traditional Rosh Hashanah dish in Israel, a symbol of a sweet and fruitful year to come. At many Israeli restaurants, cooked carrot salad automatically appears on the table with the bread, pickles, and hummus. The carrots are usually flavored with charmoula, a characteristic Moroccan marinade of oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, and salt. Most cooks add heat with chilies, sometimes in dangerous proportions. I have tasted some that left me gasping and other that proved a lively appetizer, so adjust the amount of chilies to your own preference and that of your guests. For fancy presentation, Israelis serve raw carrot salad, commonly called gezer chai (“live carrots”), in quartered avocados or on a bed of lettuce leaves, garnished with a sprig of mint.

Yield: Makes 5 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 pound carrots, coarsely grated (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup vegetable oil or extra-virgin olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
2 to 4 cloves garlic, mashed or minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin or 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Pinch of salt
About 1/2 teaspoon harissa (Northwest African chili paste), or 1 tablespoon minced green chilies, or 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Preparation

In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days to allow the flavors to meld and permeate the carrots. Served chilled or at room temperature.

(Source: epicurious.com)

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3 years ago
Classic Raw Zucchini Hummus

From Choosing Raw.

Classic Raw Hummus (Raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Yields 1 3/4 cups

2 heaping cups (about 2 small zucchini) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 cup hulled sesame seeds

1) Place ingredients in a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) set to manual speed, with zucchini at the bottom. Begin blending at low speed, using the plunger to help get everything going. As the mixture blends, you can turn the speed up, until eventually the whole mixture is blending smoothly.

2) Switch speed to high, and let the mix get very creamy. Taste; adjust seasonings, and re-blend. Serve.

Food processor option:

2 heaping cups (about 2 small zucchini) chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup tahini

1) Instead of chopping zucchini, shred it using the processor’s shredder attachment. Turn shredded zucchini into a bowl, and use paper towel or a clean dish cloth to squeeze out as much of the natural moisture as you can.

2) Return zucchini to processor and add remaining ingredients. Process till smooth.

The food processor option will yield thinner hummus, but it will still taste great; this is how I made raw hummus for over a year before I got my Vita-Mix!

(Source: choosingraw.com)

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3 years ago
Spring Fiesta Salad (Beet, Carrot, and Cabbage Salad with Sweet and Spicy Pepitas and Golden Raisins)

This is from Garlic and Sea Salt, a Minnesota blogger who’s probably got worse spring fever than I do. Around here, though, this could be made year-round and still be seasonal. Do the pumpkin seeds in the dehydrator to keep it raw.

Spring Fiesta Salad
(Beet, Carrot, and Cabbage Salad with Sweet and Spicy Pepitas and Golden Raisins)
Serves 1-2

 Nuts:
1/2 cup pepitas
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp maple sugar
1/4 tsp ground chipotle powder
1 tsp sea salt

Dressing:
2 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp agave nectar
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/8 tsp ground chipotle, or to taste
1 garlic clove, minced

Salad:
1 cup golden beets, very thinly sliced (paper thin)
1 cup carrots, very thinly sliced (paper thin)
1 cup red cabbage, very thinly sliced
2 Tbsp minced cilantro
1/4 cup golden raisins

To make pepitas, preheat oven to 375 degrees line a baking sheet with foil, and spray with non-stick spray.  Toss pepitas together with agave, sugar, chipotle and sea salt, then spread out on the baking sheet and toast until nuts are starting to lightly brown and are fragrant, about 10-15 min.  Remove from oven and let cool.  In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.  In a large bowl, combine veggies and cilatro and pour over dressing.  Toss well to coat.  Place salad on a serving plate, and sprinkle  with pepitas and golden raisins. 

(Source: garlicandseasalt.blogspot.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Green Goddess Dressing

From Choosing Raw.

This is a homemade and raw version of the famous Annie’s Naturals classic!

Gena’s Green Goddess Dressing (Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:

¼ cup tahini
¼ cup olive oil
1 tbsp + 1 tsp nama shoyu
1 tsp mellow white miso
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp toasted sesame oil (not 100% raw, but…)
2 tbsp raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg’s or Eden Organic
1 cup parsley, tightly packed
½ cup dill, tightly packed
½ cup water
1 clove garlic (optional)
1-2 green onions, chopped (optional)

Procedure:

Blend all ingredients on high in a food processor, magic bullet, or blender (if using a food processor, you might want to chop the garlic first).

Dress your salads, dress up raw romaine wraps, or even feel free to use this in lieu of mayonnaise on sandwiches for a fresh taste. Or, do what I did, and dress up some veggie crudités for a raw snack!

(Source: choosingraw.com)

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3 years ago
Raw Ranch Dressing & California Ranch Wrap

From Choosing Raw.

There are plenty of raw dressing variations floating around online, but this is my own version–and my favorite! It’s rich and fresh tasting, and it’s dotted with spring herbs, so it’s perfect for this time of year. It’s a little greener than your traditional ranch dressing, but that’s just the dill and parsley making their presence known!

Raw Ranch Dressing (Yields 1 ½ cups, or so)

¾ cup cashews, soaked for at least two hours
½ cup water
2 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup apple cider vinegar (a little more if you like it more tart)
3 tbsp olive oil
¼-½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp dried oregano
*1 clove garlic
*½ tsp onion powder

3 tbsp fresh dill
3 tbsp fresh parsley

* You all know me well enough to know I’d never include these! But if garlic and onion don’t, um, make you gag, use them for a more traditional “ranch” flavor.

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender – OR blend all ingredients except for the oil in a food processor, and drizzle the oil in until the mixture is creamy and emulsified.

When dressing is blended, chop an additional few tablespoons of herbs and mix them in. Enjoy on top of a big green salad, or in…

Gena’s California Ranch Sandwich:

Take two generous leaves of Napa cabbage. Pile one of them high with red cabbage, cucumber, tomato slices, and some thinly sliced avocado (sprouts or carrot would also be a nice addition). Drizzle generously with raw ranch dressing, cover with the other cabbage leaf, and serve.

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3 years ago
Raw Brown ‘Rice’ Autumn Salad with Smokey Pumpkin Sauce

Here’s a recipe using the previous Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip. Also from Addicted to Veggies, of course.

Brown ‘Rice’ Autumn Salad with Smokey Pumpkin Sauce

Makes 2 to 3 meal sized servings or 5 to 6 “side dish” servings

Step 1. Brown ‘Rice’ Autumn Salad:

Make a HALF batch of Brown ‘Rice' - for the Brown 'Rice' in this Salad I chose to chop the Oat Groats a little bit smaller than normal and it seemed to work really well.

Combine the following into a mixing bowl:

Brown “Rice”
1 & 1/2 c Apple - chopped (roughly 1 medium Apple)
3/4 c sweet grape Tomatoes sliced in half
3/4 c Red Bell Pepper - chopped
3/4 c Green Onion

Mix together evenly!

Step 2. Smokey Pumpkin Sauce:

6 Tbsp Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip
1/4 c Water
Sea Salt and Pepper to Taste

In a small mixing bowl whisk together the above ingredients. Proceed to either pour on top of your Brown “Rice” Autumn salad, or mix into the salad.

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Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip

If you’re not familiar with Lapsang Souchong, here’s a bit of context. My maternal grandfather was a big tea-drinker, and Lapsang Souchong was probably his favorite tea ever. He and Grandma were planning a visit to Victoria, British Columbia, and of course had to stop at Murchie’s Teas. My dad put in a special request: “A pound of Lapsang, please… the extra-creosote variety.”

Grandpa used to call it “Lapsang Dingdong” when I was a kid, and if to this day if it comes up in speech I have to pause to make sure I’m using the right term.

From Addicted to Veggies.

Lapsang Souchong is a marvel in the world of loose leaf teas. You either love it or can’t stand it, because not very many people want to drink something that tastes like a campfire. The method for making this wonderful tea is simple:The Chinese black tea leaves are dried in bamboo baskets over pine-wood fires. This method of drying the leaves above pine wood smoke infuses the leaves with the most amazing flavor, to me it’s very reminiscent of mesquite.

Where can you find Lapsang Souchong Tea?

  • Most Natural foods stores should carry it (check out the bulk section). 
  • You might find it pre-bagged in some grocery stores, although I prefer to buy it in loose leaf form. 
  • If your town has a local coffee shop that sells loose leaf teas ask them if they carry it. Chances are even if they don’t carry it they can easily order it for you! 

There is something truly amazing about this tea when combined with food. This next recipe is evidence of just that, and seriously you guys - it’s party worthy! If you’re looking for an amazing new dip to add to your holiday menu then look no further. You and your guests will not be disappointed.

Smokey Pumpkin Garlic Dip

Step 1.

Before hand Prep: 

combine 1 c Warm Water with 2 Tbsp Lapsang Souchong loose leaf tea 

Let the tea leaves “steep” in the warm water for 1 hour, strain water into a bowl and *set aside.

Your tea water should be a lovely clear Amber color like this:

To speed up your tea “steeping” time place your tea in a clear glass jar and set in the direct sunlight. If you go this route then you will only need to soak your tea leaves for about a half an hour.

Step 2.

Making the Dip:

2 c Cashews - soaked 4 hours
1 c (packed) shredded Pumpkin flesh
2 tsp White Mustard //or// 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Coconut Nectar //or// 2 Medjool Dates soaked until softened
1 to 2 tsp minced Garlic (for a milder garlic taste you can opt to use 1 tsp of Garlic granules)
2 tsp dried Parsley
1 tsp Onion powder
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Sea Salt - or to taste
1 cup of *Lapsang Souchong Tea Water (previously set aside)

Combine all of the above into your food processor and puree for roughly 3 minutes, until smooth.

I recommend pairing this dip with crisp Apple, Cucumber, or by the spoonful in copious amounts….when no one is looking of course.

(Source: addictedtoveggies.com)

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