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Sesame Kale Salad

This kale salad is not necessarily good by itself but is a delicious addition to a hummus wrap, stuffed pita, sandwich, or quinoa, pasta or other grain based salad.

Mediterranean Kale Salad

Humus Wrap

 

1 large bunch of fresh kale

1 – 2 T tahini (sesame seed paste)

Chic Pea Patty Stack

Juice of one lemon

1/2 T brown sesame seeds

Sea Salt

 

Finely chop kale and place in a large salad bowl. (Strip kale off stalks if preferred. If the stalks are young and tender, I like to keep them.)

Starting with 1 tablespoon of tahini, add to the kale along with lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Message kale with your hand until bright green and tender.  Add more tahini if more oil is needed.

Sprinkle on sesame seeds and mix through out. Salt more to taste if needed. 

Alternatively you can message 1/4 of an avocado into the kale if you are going to use it in a Mexican type salad or chop 1/2 can of olives and message them into the kale like I do in the Mediterranean Kale Salad pictured above.

 

April’s note: This salad travels well! I made this ahead for my 4 day trip to California to visit my brother. Not only did I use it in my humus wraps but one day for lunch we went to an Indian café where I bought a side of tabouli salad, a side of humus, and I mixed both into my kale salad. It was delicious!

 

 

 

Spinach Potato Salad

1 1/2 lbs red potatoes cut in small chunks

1 tsp tarragon

2 cups fresh or frozen corn

1/2 cup sliced red onion

1 red bell pepper chopped

3 cups chopped baby spinach

1 cup Sweet Mustard Dressing

2 Tbsp prepared mustard

1/2 avocado diced

1/2 tsp Real Salt or sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

 

Cook potatoes in boiling water for 5–10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Drain well and transfer to a large serving bowl, carefully stir in tarragon and let cool. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve immediately. Serves 6–8.

Tip: Speed up cooling time of the potatoes by mixing the frozen corn to the potatoes after draining.

Hoppin John Zucchini Salad

1/2 cup long-grain brown riceHoppin John Zuccini Salad

2 medium zucchini shredded

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 cup red onion minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup fresh chopped parsley

2 ears corn, cut off the cob

2 cups cooked black-eyed peas

1 avocado, diced

Zest of one lime

Juice of 2 limes

Sea salt

A few dashes of cayenne pepper

Chopped tomato for garnish

 

Boil 1 cup water, add rice, lower heat to simmer, and cook for 20 – 30 minutes until tender. Let cool.  Place all other ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix well. Salt to taste. Gently mix in tomatoes or garnish on top each serving.

 

Chickpea Quinoa Salad with Kale

1 cup quinoaSummer Chic Pea Salad with Kale
2 cups chopped kale
1 avocado, divided
Juice from 2 lemons and 1 lime
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
2 cups grape tomatoes cut in half
1 cup fresh corn
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 avocado, cubed
Sea salt

Bring 2 cups water to boil. Add quinoa, reduce heat to low and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Let cool before adding to salad. To speed up the cooling process, spread out on a small baking pan and place in freezer for 5 minutes.

Place chopped kale in a large salad bowl. Massage kale with 1/4 of the avocado and lemon juice until tender. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Salt to taste.

 

Spring Asparagus Soup

1 pound fresh asparagusSpring Asparagus Soup
1 small onion, chopped
4 white button mushrooms, sliced
2 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Snip off tough ends of asparagus, then cut stalks in half.

Place in a saucepan with the onion, mushrooms, and cup water. Steam until tender.

Blend cashews with 1 cup water until smooth. Add cooked vegetables to the blender jar with remaining ingredients and blend. Leave a little bit chunky or blend smooth. Salt to taste.

Hummus Wrap

This is such a quick and easy lunch or dinner anytime!Humus Wrap

Whole-Food Hummus 

2 ½ cups garbanzo beans (drained and rinsed if canned)
1/4 cup brown sesame seeds         ground in a coffee grinder
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Process all ingredients in a food processor or strong blender until smooth. Add water or vegetable broth as needed for smoother consistency.

Home-cooked beans make this taste so much better! To cook beans from scratch, soak dry beans in water to cover for 8 to 24 hours. Drain well, rinse, and transfer to a crock pot. Cover with water about 1 inch above top of beans. Cook on low for 7 or 8 hours or until soft.

To make a wrap

Spread hummus on a whole wheat tortilla. (My personal favorite is a Food For Life sprouted wheat tortilla.) Top with avocado, mustard, dairy-free dressing, and veggies, such as lettuce, spinach, sprouts, red or green cabbage, shredded carrot, onion, tomato, etc.

Seed Cheeze

1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup water
1 red bell pepper, seeded and quartered*
6 tablespoons lemon juice
3 – 4 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. If needed, soak seeds in water to soften for 4 hours before blending.

*For a spicier cheeze sauce, add 1 or 2 red jalapenos, with or without the seeds, in place of the bell pepper.

Texas Caviar

Need a potluck dish that everyone will love? This is it!! Standard American family tested and approved!

 Texas Caviar

2 ears of fresh corn cut off cob

2 bell peppers (1 red & 1 orange) chopped

2–3 tomatillos chopped (optional)

1 small red onion chopped

4 jalapeños seeded and minced

4 or 5 Roma tomatoes chopped

1 large clove garlic crushed

2–3 limes juiced

1/2 – 1 tsp salt

Fresh ground pepper

1–2 tsp chili powder

Sweet Vinegar Dressing to taste*

1 large avocado diced

2 cups cooked black beans

 

Combine everything in a large bowl and mix well. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

I make my own by cutting a stack of corn tortillas in half. Then quarter each half. Lay them on a cookie sheet and bake at 260 degrees for 20 minutes or until crisp.

*Sweet Vinegar Dressing                                              

Cover 1 cup pitted dates in rice vinegar for 8 hours. Blend until smooth. Add water if needed to thin and to weaken the strength of the vinegar flavor. Store dressing in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

 

Mediterranean Zucchini Salad

This is an easy and delicious salad that is great for hot summer days. For a Mexican flare, use black beans instead of kidney, avocado instead of olives, use Mexican seasonings and use rice vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar.

 

 1/2 cup quinoa or millet, uncooked185854_4391207383406_707019508_n

3 zucchini, chopped (approx. 4 cups)

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

2 cups raw corn, fresh off the cob

2 cans kidney beans or garbanzo beans, drained (or 1 can of each)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 can black olives, finely chopped

1 cup fresh basil, chopped

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Sea salt and pepper

 

Boil 1 cup water in small saucepan. Add quinoa and cook 15 – 20 minutes until tender. Let cool. Place remaining ingredients in a large salad bowl. Mix in cooled grain and salt and pepper to taste.

 

Best of the Boarder Bean Dip

A perfect dip for your upcoming family gathering

 1 bunch green onions choppedBest of the Boarder Bean Dip

1 tomato (about 3/4 cup chopped)

3 cloves garlic pressed

2 T lime juice

1 T chili powder

1 t cumin

½ t salt

1/4 t cayenne

1 can each – kidney, garbanzo, pinto beans

1 can green chilies (1/2 cup)

1 cup vegan sour cream

2 avocados

Lemon or lime juice to taste

Chopped tomatoes and olives for garnish

 

Chop onions through cayenne in food processor. Add beans and chilies and process to desired consistency. Spread ½ the bean mixture in bottom of small casserole dish. Spread sour cream evenly over beans. Carefully spoon remaining bean dip over sour cream. Spread carefully. Mash avocados with lime juice to taste. Spread over top of beans. Garnish with tomatoes, and olives if desired.

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