Category Archives: Salads

Caesar Dressing (v, gf)

Serve One Another with Love

It used to be that when I heard the term Caesar Salad what came to mind was a picture of Julius Caesar reclining on an imperial sofa and eating a, you guessed it, Caesar Salad.  For some reason I always assumed that the Caesar Salad originated with those long dead Roman emperors and funneled down through the ages.

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Eggless Salad

Raw Vegan Egg Salad

Sometimes I hear a phrase and it strikes me as being odd, so I Google it to see where it originated.  Case in point is the phrase “good egg”, as in “he/she’s a good egg”, meaning a good person.  Turns out this phrase became popular around 1900, but has it’s origins dating back to when the phrase “bad egg” was popular in the 1850’s.

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Nutty Mock Tuna Salad

Mock Tuna

I like to eat a good balance of cooked and raw foods, trying to eat about 60-70% raw and maybe 30-40% cooked.  Some days I do better than others, but for the most part I’m close to these numbers.  The main reason for this is I just feel lighter when I eat a lot of raw.  Also, many plant nutrients can be destroyed by cooking, so it’s good to know which plants are better raw versus cooked.  Things like potatoes are pretty obvious, but some things like mushrooms also turn out to be healthier when cooked.  You’ve probably heard about tomatoes and how lycopene is increased when they’re cooked.  This is a good thing, as lycopene is not only an essential nutrient, but has been shown to reduce cancer risk.  Anyway, I’m kind of wondering off topic.  In my efforts to eat more raw, I present another take on vegan tuna salad, this time incorporating soaked walnuts.  Soaking walnuts helps to reduce the amount of phytates, or antinutrients, they contain, thus making it easier to absorb the many nutrients this dish provides.  As with most topics such as nuts and phytates, there are many schools of thought on them, and it’s hard to get good solid information saying absolutely yea or nay.  On one hand, walnut studies have shown them to be a health promoting nut with respect to heart disease (See here).  On the other they do contain phytates, which can inhibit nutrient absorption.  I guess, as with most things except leafy greens and whole fruits and veggies, all things in moderation.  Anyway, I present my Nutty Mock Tuna Salad.  Hope you enjoy.

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Sweet & Savory Basil Peanut Salad

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Savory sweet and salty are some of our primary tastes. This salad covers these as it provides “salty” in the form of aminos and “sweet” in the form of coconut nectar. The mix of greens and vegetables provides a broad spectrum of nutrients and the sweet and savory flavor of the dressing in the salad make it so you can’t wait for the next bite.

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