Salads

Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the year? I sure can’t. When it hit me that we were 6 months into 2018, I did a bit of a mental check-in on how things have been going so far this year—it’s definitely had its ups and downs. My challenges this year have been mainly with my health, but when our health is off-balance, it tends to drip over into every area of life.

There is always a silver lining, though: my health setbacks have been a huge wake-up call. For the past 5 years, my body has been either pregnant, nursing, or both, and that has without a doubt taken a huge toll on me. There have been times when I’ve neglected my physical, mental, and emotional health. There have been times when I got lazy with vitamins and just stopped caring. There have been times when my anxiety felt out of control. I’ve had a lot of inflammation and allergic reactions. A lot of illness. Things seemed to get worse after I had to take antibiotics for an infection this past winter.

About a month ago, I finally said enough is enough! I needed to stop and listen. Since then, I have committed to taking time for myself to heal. To go to those doctors appointments I’ve been putting off. It’s easy to let things slide when life is busy. Having kids can be all-consuming…they are so needy (for good reason), but wow parenthood can really make you lose yourself if you let it.

If you’re going through one of those life phases where you feel like you just can’t “get it together,” you aren’t alone. This too shall pass. And when it does, you will be stronger and wiser. And don’t lose gratitude for everything that’s going well along the way. Gratitude is definitely an anchor through the challenging times.

Meet jackfruit. Have you tried it before? I’ll admit I was a bit scared when I first saw the funky-looking fruit (and cans of jackfruit mystified me!). But after playing around with it for a few weeks, I’ve come to really love it. And I have so many fun jackfruit recipes ideas! A reader wrote to me the other week asking for help. He said his daughter can’t have legumes or nuts, so I put my thinking cap on and thought about how I could use jackfruit to create a delicious salad dish that she could enjoy on bread, wraps, rice cakes, or crackers. Jackfruit does lack the robust amount of protein you’d find in legumes and nuts, but I find adding hemp hearts (either by mixing them into the salad or adding on top) works great for boosting protein.

I really like the Native Forest brand of canned jackfruit. You don’t need to cook it to soften before use (unlike Cha’s Organics brand). After rinsing and draining it, I slice the spongy, firm core off each piece. If using jackfruit straight from the can, the core is a bit too firm for this recipe. You’ll only want to use the soft, stringy jackfruit that resembles pulled pork/chicken (in the photo below, that’s the stuff on the left!). With a bit of slicing and dicing, you’re ready to roll!

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Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

By Angela Liddon

I recently started experimenting with jackfruit recipes, and I discovered that jackfruit makes a fantastic sub for chicken in a traditional chicken salad. My goodness, it’s delicious (and not only is jackfruit delicious, it’s rich in Vitamin C too)! Because jackfruit has such a mild flavour, it takes on all the wonderful flavours in this dish—tangy lemon and dill, creamy eggless mayo, savoury garlic, and smoky paprika. I’ve added fresh vegetables like celery, green onion, and bell peppers to give it a great crunch and loads of fibre. Serve this salad in pieces of Boston or Bibb lettuce, in a wrap or sandwich, or on crackers. To boost the protein, I like adding hemp hearts. You can find canned jackfruit online or in health food stores, Asian grocery stores, and the international section of some chain grocers. Recipe is adapted from my favourite Chickpea Salad.

Yield
4 servings
Prep time
15 Minutes
Cook time
0 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14-ounce/398 mL) can young jackfruit (in brine)*
  • 2 medium (140 g) stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 medium (45 g) green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (67 g) finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) store-bought vegan mayo or 5-Minute Mayo**
  • 1 small (5 g) clove garlic, minced
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons (3 g) minced fresh dill
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons (10 to 15 mL) fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Drain and rinse the jackfruit. Place the drained jackfruit segments onto a large cutting board. Using a knife, slice off the fibrous core of each jackfruit segment. You’ll only want to use the “stringy” parts that resemble pulled pork. Discard the core and chop the remaining pieces into small 1/2-inch chunks. It should look like shredded chicken and you should have about 1 1/2 cups chopped.
  2. Add the chopped pieces to a bowl and stir in the celery, green onions, bell peppers, mayonnaise, and garlic until combined.
  3. Now stir in the dill and season with the lemon juice, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper, adjusting quantities to taste after mixing.
  4. Serve in a sandwich or wrap, on top of a big salad, or with crackers. I love enjoying it with rice cakes and mashed avocado too. Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Stir before serving.

Nutrition Information

In case anyone is wondering, I served the salad on rice cakes with mashed avocado, hemp hearts, and a sprinkle of pink salt. So good!

Article source: http://ohsheglows.com/2018/07/12/smoky-jackfruit-chicken-salad/

Salad dressing can get a little tricky when you’re vegan. Most are made out of oils and vinegars. But if you want a hearty, creamy dressing, many have mayonnaise in them. Luckily, it’s easy to get a creamy, vegan salad dressing by using ingredients like vegan mayonnaise, hummus or even nuts like cashews. Below are some of the top creamy vegan salad dressing recipes.

Vegan ranch

If you want to make a creamy salad dressing, you’ll probably be craving that staple ranch pretty quick. This vegan recipe calls for just vegan mayo, the juice of one small lemon and your favorite herbs or spices to taste. Some examples include dill, parsley, chives, garlic powder or onion powder.

Vegan Catalina

There’s nothing quite like a thick Catalina dressing. You can make this from ketchup, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dry mustard, onion powder and chili powder. You just shake them together very well in a covered jar.

Vegan Caesar

You can also make a tasty Caesar salad using this recipe. It calls for plain hummus to keep it thick. Mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers and garlic add kick to this dressing.

Creamy vegan dressing

This dressing tends to defy classification. It’s just listed as “crazy good creamy salad dressing.” It contains cashews, olive oil, garlic and onion powder, to name a few ingredients, all blended together.

Lemon cashew dressing

This recipe gets its creaminess from blenderized cashews. Other ingredients include extra virgin olive oil, garlic, Celtic sea salt and lemon juice. The whole thing gets blended for a creamy consistency that looks sort of like milk.

Cucumber tahini salad dressing

creamy cucumber tahini salad dressing

Image: Detoxinista

If you love the sesame taste of tahini, you’ll love this recipe. It calls for five tablespoons of raw tahini, along with cucumbers, lemon juice, garlic and cumin. This one you also blend until completely smooth and creamy.

Tri-pepper dressing

If you love the zesty taste of pepper, give this dressing recipe a try. Soy milk keeps it creamy, yet vegan. The recipe calls for pink peppercorns, black pepper and white pepper. Ingredients like onion powder and garlic add a further kick. White balsamic vinegar also keeps it more on the lighter side of dressings.

Article source: http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/creamy-vegan-salad-dressing/

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