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Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This easy vegan roasted carrots and farro recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm vegan carrot side dish, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for […]

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Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Inspired by Indian flavors, this is a zippy, flavorful sweet potato salad that’s perfect for the summer. Pop those sweet potatoes on the grill outside, and keep your house from feeling like a total inferno. It’s all about timing with the grilled sweet potato. Leave it on the grill too long, and you’ll have a […]

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Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a […]

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Kale Farro Salad

Bursting with fresh Italian flavors, this vegan kale farro salad recipe has a simple dressing with fresh oregano and juicy grape tomatoes. It is quick, easy and makes a delicious side, lunch, or light dinner. It’s perfect for summer or any time you want a hearty grain salad with minimal effort. A few notes… ・Not […]

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Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

This Thai-inspired oil free, vegan pineapple and cucumber salad recipe has Thai basil, lime juice, and sweet chili sauce. It’s fresh and easy. Bringing together spicy elements with sweet and sour elements, it’s a refreshing pineapple cucumber salad that’s perfect for summer. I’ve been going through a slight obsession with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. […]

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Black Bean Avocado Salsa

This vegan black bean avocado salsa recipe is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A crowd-pleasing dip for chips. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed salad. Over and over, this black beans and avocado recipe is my go-to, because it makes […]

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Asian Noodle Salad with Almond Sesame Dressing

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and some people just don’t like them. I’m one of the latter. So, I put together this recipe for a nutty vegan Asian noodle salad with almond butter, cucumber and carrots. This easy recipe for Asian noodle salad is satisfying, and great for any time of year. The ingredients […]

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Artichoke Potato Salad

This quick, easy vegan artichoke potato salad recipe is positively delicious. The entire recipe came together in less than 30 minutes. You steam baby potatoes, cool them down, make a dressing and combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. And thanks to the fresh dill and parsley, it tastes really fresh. This simple potato […]

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Barley Lentil Salad with Fresh Dill and Chives

This is an easy vegan barley lentil salad recipe with fresh dill and chives, carrots and red bell pepper. It’s chewy, crunchy, hearty and satisfying. And it works well for potlucks, picnics, packed lunches, and really, any season of the year. After storing in the refrigerator overnight, this barley and lentil salad may need a […]

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Middle Eastern Wheat Berry Salad with Kale, Cucumber and Tomato

If you love tabbouleh, you’ll love this hearty vegan kale wheat berry salad recipe! In some ways, it is very similar—tomatoes, cucumber, lemon juice, and olive oil are all involved. In other ways, it’s a departure—no parsley, loads of oregano, wheat berries, kale and capers. Heavily influenced by Middle Eastern flavors, this easy kale cucumber […]

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Hazelnut Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato, Rutabaga and Green Apple

Man, this is a delicious, vegan lacinato kale salad recipe! Roasted sweet potatoes, rutabaga and red onion mingle with crisp green apples, crunchy hazelnuts and fresh lacinato kale. The hazelnut vinaigrette is a mix of lemon juice, hazelnut oil, agave and kosher salt. Seriously good stuff. Is adding hazelnut oil to your pantry worth it? […]

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Herbed Black-Eyed Peas and Cannellini Bean Salad with Garlic Toast

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This herbed bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh peas and beans salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar […]

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Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and Italian dressing. While I was putting together this vegan Italian broccoli pasta salad recipe, I couldn’t help […]

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Balsamic Potato Salad with Fresh Basil, Cherry Tomatoes and Wheat Berries

This balsamic potato salad recipe tastes like summer. It has fresh basil, ripe cherry tomatoes, and crisp arugula. The wheat berries add a hearty chewy quality to an otherwise pedestrian balsamic potato salad. All together, it is easy to make, and so delicious. It works well at a bbq, as a hearty whole grain vegan […]

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Creamy Chickpea Salad

We love road trips! In some parts of the U.S. (like the desert), you’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So, I always pack a cooler with everything we’ll need before we go.  It saves time on the road, and it ensures that all our nutritional needs are met. This […]

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Asian Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

This refreshing Asian kale slaw recipe works well as a side dish, lunch salad, or light dinner. It’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great. A few notes…   ・To toast raw sliced almonds, add them to a dry skillet over medium heat.  Move them around with a spatula the entire time to keep them […]

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Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

This healthy hearty vegan kale salad recipe works well for lunch or dinner. If you’re going to pack it for lunch, keep the dressing and the chickpeas separate from the rest of the salad. When you are ready to eat it, toss everything together. As a variation, change up the vegetables in the salad.  It’s […]

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Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect cucumber cantaloupe salad recipe for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling […]

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Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one […]

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Chipotle Bean and Barley Salad

I revised this vegan chipotle bean and barley salad recipe for simplicity. Let’s just say that I’ve made it a number of times since I first published it, and I realized, it can be simpler to make. What’s not to love about that?!  It still possesses the flavors of the original bean and barley salad. […]

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Vegan Classic Coleslaw

Years ago, I had an online dating profile. And on that profile, I listed “Vegenaise” as one of my favorite things. It sent the right message to the right person, because today, I am happily married to that person. Vegenaise, it’s delicious and, sometimes, it’s responsible for love connections. May the Vegenaise, or vegan mayo, […]

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Cauliflower and Olive Salad

While I used Castelvetrano olives in this cauliflower and olive salad recipe, feel free to substitute other olives.  Castelvetrano olives are well-known for their mild flavor, so if you prefer a stronger olive presence, go with a bolder olive.  If you have trouble tracking down Castelvetrano olives, you may consider substituting Manzanilla green olives.  It […]

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Grilled Peach Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, I was spoiled every summer with peaches from Southern Illinois.  They were bigger than a softball and incredibly juicy.  So sweet, so perfect.  If you could stand to turn on the oven, they made such an incredible peach-raspberry cobbler. But this post isn’t about dessert, it’s about making an […]

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Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

This is an easy recipe for vegan artichoke, fennel and farro salad with lemon vinaigrette. It’s super tasty for lunch, a light meal, or as a side dish. This fennel and artichoke salad tastes great at room temperature or chilled. A few things… ・Dried tarragon can be really strong, so start with ¼ teaspoon and […]