FEATURE RECIPE: SUNSHINE SALAD AND DRESSING
Salad is not my thing. There I said it. To be honest I am more of a cooked vegetable type and will often eat salads with cooked veggies ( pumpkin, mushrooms, onions) and marinated veggies.
If I am going to embrace a salad the dressing holds the key. I never buy store bought salad dressings to avoid the cost, the fatty oils often used and the packaging which eventually gets discarded. For mere pennies large quantities of dressing can be made without a tonne of additives and preservatives.
This is my “go to” dressing which I dress the sunshine salad with. It is a little creamy but not too much and it brightens any salad beautifully.
This “sunshine” salad is named for the vast array of fruit and vegetables it contains. There is sweet and salty, tart and chewy in this one bowl of goodness. On this blog in the past I have professed my love for marinated veggies and sun dried tomatoes are a staple in my kitchen. They make an appearance in this salad along with olives, another family favourite, chickpeas, apples and lots of greens and carrots. So simple yet healthy. Feel free to add as you wish, diced avocado, green onions or fresh basil are some suggested additions.
The dressing uses basic ingredients along with some garden herbs and garlic. Easy with a big wow factor.
- 2 cloves of finely diced garlic
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried dill
- 1 cup olive oil
- 2 TBS of dijon mustard
- 2 TBS rice syrup or liquid sweetener
- 4 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup finely sliced carrot
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cup green pitted olives
- 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
- 1 finely diced apple
- 1/4 finely diced cabbage
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas
- Combine all the prepared salad ingredients into a large salad bowl
- Combine all of the dressing ingredients into a blender and toss for at least a minute until combined
- Self serve dressing or add to the salad and toss before serving
This dish has joined the other amazing creations at the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck this week.
GRATITUDE TO HOSTS WHO MAKE THE EFFORT
If you are a vegan reading this you will likely identify with the feeling of walking into a party, often put on by non-vegan hosts, seeing the food table and realising tonight is the night you get to slide right past the hummus and rice crackers onto other delicious morsels feasting before your eyes. On the inside you are doing consecutive high fives followed by thumbs up when you see a table full of vegan options with your name on them. I am always, ALWAYS grateful to hosts who make the effort to ensure there will be food for me and my family.
This weekend we attended a child’s birthday party where the cake and the majority of the food was vegan. As it was an early morning party, fruit and crackers were perfect. Some of the guests have gluten intolerance and some are vegan so the host made several attempts at vegan, gluten free cupcakes. The end result was rainbow colored cupcakes which were moist, chocolatey and moorish.
The following day we attended a small family gathering for my niece’s birthday. Once again the host, this time being my sister, shared vegan treats and snacks she had found in her travels. So grateful for the effort.
I have noticed that non-vegan friends and family around me like to see what they can find when it comes to food for those who are plant-based. When I arrive and I am being lead to the table hearing ” the glass tray is vegan, the chips on the right are also gluten free” I am grateful and full of love. When you are vegan you know that others may see you as “work” and “special”. That’s OK, I do not feel any guilt for not eating or harming other living beings. To be sure I will not be stuck with the hummus again, as usual, I always bring my own provisions as do most vegans I know. Yet it sure feels good to be able to fit right in with everyone else when there is a choice for every person in the room.
Have a fantastic week and keep shining! See you Friday.
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