One of the things I’ve most appreciated with eating a well-balanced plant-based diet is the need for creativity and resourcefulness. Adding rich flavors to vegetables without the use of meat or cheese is challenging, but there is deep satisfaction when I hit upon something that works.
Take this BLT salad for instance.
Until Angela had shared a recipe for coconut bacon in a pre-order recipe pack for her cookbook* I thought my bacon-eating days were over. Well, except for those occasional times when my husband makes it and I have a bite or two. Yes, I chegan.
But back to the salad…
So I turned one of my all time favorite sandwiches into a salad.
Admittedly, the is no “L” in this salad at all…I replaced it with a “K” instead. “K” as in kale for it’s meaty structure and iron-packed punch. A rich garlic herb dressing takes the place of mayo. I also toss in cucumber, raw pumpkin seeds and a non-traditional ingredient, either raisins or apple-juice sweetened cranberries, for a delightful sweetness and chewiness.
But enough of talking it up, let’s just get to the recipe – I’ve included the one for coconut bacon separately since, really, it is its own thing…
(Oh, and I’m curious fellow plant-eating lovers, do you occasionally nibble from the animal kingdom? If so, for what foods?)
BLT salad with garlic herb dressing (vegan, soy free)
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Serves: 4 people
for the salad
- Organic kale, finely chopped
- Organic cherry tomatoes, halved
- Cucumber, sliced
- Raw pumpkin seeds
- Coconut bacon (recipe separate)
- Garlic herb dressing
- Optional toppings:
- Dried cranberries
for the garlic herb dressing
- ¼ c. lemon juice
- ¼ c. tahini
- ¼ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 garlic clove
- ¼ c. fresh parsley
- ½ tsp. dried dill
- ¼ tsp. salt
- dashes freshly ground pepper
- Make coconut bacon and cool.*
- Combine all salad ingredients, except for the dressing.
- In a small food processor or a blender, combine salad dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Spoon over individual salad servings.
- Store remaining dressing in refrigerator.
- *See this recipe @ wildberrypress.com for the coconut bacon recipe
- Organic kale and tomatoes are best to avoid high pesticide concentrations.
- Approximately one hand full of chopped kale equals one salad serving.
- I recommend trying apple juice sweetened cranberries. Natural food stores may carry them or you can find them online.
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