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  • Vegan Tofu Salad with Curry-Lime Dressing

    Vegan Tofu Salad with Curry-Lime Dressing

    This Thai-inspired vegan tofu salad recipe has roasted cashews, a medley of vegetables, fresh basil, cilantro and an oil free curry-lime dressing. It’s got texture and flavor. And it couldn’t be easier to make! This tofu salad recipe uses smoked tofu. It can be found in many major U.S. grocery stores (including Walmart, Whole Foods […]

  • Vegan Panzanella Primavera

    Especially popular in Tuscany and Umbria, panzanella salad is usually composed of stale bread, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, fresh basil and an olive oil and vinegar dressing. Most people think of it as a summer dish. Inspired by this Italian bread salad, this spring vegan panzanella salad recipe uses broiled asparagus, arugula, lemon, cherry tomatoes and […]

  • Vegan Crab Salad

    This vegan crab salad recipe is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be scientists making our own crab with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp […]

  • Hearts of Palm Ceviche

    Eaten all across Latin America and the Caribbean, ceviche is a popular seafood appetizer.  It often involves raw fish, citrus, cilantro and chiles. It is commonly enjoyed on its own or with tortilla chips. And there are cultural differences in ingredients and preparation. Inspired, I came up with this vegan (or vegetarian) hearts of palm […]

  • Texas Caviar with Italian Dressing

    The first time I had Texas caviar (also known as cowboy caviar) was at a work potluck. As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway. And thus, I was inspired to make this recipe for Texas caviar with homemade vegan Italian dressing! So, what is Texas caviar? […]

  • Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

    A few years back, I made a recipe with chimichurri sauce. I served some potatoes on the side with it. And I couldn’t help but think, “This sauce tastes great on potatoes too.” So here we are, with a vegan chimichurri chickpea potato salad recipe that’s absolutely delish. Is chimichurri vegan? While it is often […]

  • Slow Cooker Kidney Beans and Coconut Brown Rice

    Inspired by Jamaican rice and peas, this slow cooker vegan red kidney beans and coconut rice recipe is easy, tasty and hearty. Allspice, nutmeg, thyme, coconut cream, dark red kidney beans and short grain brown rice create a creamy, savory and delicious family meal. This easy budget friendly vegan coconut rice and beans recipe works […]

  • Watermelon Radish Slaw

    This easy vegan red cabbage and watermelon radish slaw recipe is acidic, sweet and slightly bitter in a pleasing way. It’s a delightful salad of very thinly sliced apples, watermelon radishes, red cabbage, carrots and scallions with a classic coleslaw dressing with celery seed and apple cider vinegar. This recipe serves 4. Watermelon radishes are […]

  • Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

    While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly […]

  • Garlicky Potato-Zucchini Pancakes

    This vegan potato and zucchini pancake recipe is inspired by Slovak zemiakové placky. It preserves some traditional elements (potatoes, garlic, etc), but does take some departures (vegan sour cream, etc). I also prepare them by baking them, instead of frying them. All in all, they are easy to make, smell amazing baking in the oven, […]

  • Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

    This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious! […]

  • Vegan Antipasto Salad

    This Italian-inspired vegan antipasto salad recipe hardly qualifies as “ugly”.  It’s completely gorgeous, which is just so Italian. Italians have a way of making everything beautiful. And while it may not be a traditional antipasto (an appetizer that includes meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, artichokes, etc), it’s a delicious, fresh and herbaceous vegan Italian salad! […]

  • Vegan Cuban Black Beans

    This is an easy Cuban-inspired vegan black beans recipe with canned beans, green peppers, smoked paprika, dried oregano, white wine vinegar and more. Enjoy these delicious vegan (or vegetarian) Cuban black beans over rice as a meal, or as a side to an entree, like Slow Cooker Vegan Ropa Vieja. Because this recipe uses canned […]

  • Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

    One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the […]

  • Vegan Grits and Greens Casserole

    I first published this recipe almost a year ago, but there’s always been some elements about it that I felt weren’t quite right.  Today, I revisited it, and improved it a lot.  Blended silken tofu helps create creamy grits that are out of this world.  All-in-all, this recipe is much better than the original, and […]

  • Lemon Tahini Kale Salad with Toasted Pita

    Fattoush is a Levantine salad of toasted or fried pieces of pita bread mixed with greens, veggies, and a dressing with sumac and/or pomegranate molasses. Inspired by fattoush, this vegan lemon tahini kale salad recipe has crispy, toasted pita bread, a homemade lemon tahini dressing, massaged kale, crunchy cucumbers, radishes and red bell pepper and […]

  • Apple Celeriac Salad

    This is an easy recipe for vegan celeriac salad with apples, fennel bulb and hazelnuts. It’s crunchy and refreshing. And tastes awesome as a side to any meal. Before being peeled, celeriac, also known as celery root, may not be much of a looker. But once outer layer is removed, it’s crisp texture and subtle […]

  • White Beans and Sauerkraut

    This vegan white beans and sauerkraut recipe is absolutely delicious. It’s a simple sauerkraut side dish, but it also can work as a main dish. To make it an entree, serve it over fried potatoes or mashed potatoes. Top it with some vegan sour cream to make it next level. This braised sauerkraut with beans […]