Browse through our unique and vegan appetizers created by leading chefs in the vegan movement.
Good ol' Beets. So readily available and oh so good for you! They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and help both build the blood and detoxify it! Enjoy this nutrient packed salad by Lisa Pitman of Vegan Culinary Crusade. It combines flavors that you will find very familiar if you've ever had traditional borscht soup. In this recipe you will enjoy celery root, carrot, green onions, beets (of course) and a creamy dressing made from soaked raw cashews, lemon, pepper and dried dill.
Tis the season to bust out that food processor and start whipping up some amazing salsa creations! Salsa is such a versatile recipe because it goes with so many different foods and makes most meals 10 x better! It always adds that fresh, vibrant pop of flavor and can be made sweet, savory, tangy, mild, or knock-your-socks-off spicy! This particular recipe by Amanda Maquire combines the traditional salsa ingredients of tomato, lime, salt, pepper and cilantro with diced avocado and sweet seasonal mango. It is mild and refreshing. Serve this salsa with homemade flax crackers or corn chips, or fill up tender baby romaine leaves and make your own easy raw tacos!
Ever questioned whether there's anything that can be done with brussel sprouts in their raw state? The answer is make this delicious shredded brussel sprout salad with a sweet and tangy olive oil, lemon and agave (or maple syrup) dressing and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and raisins! Brussel sprouts are in the brassica family and are very rich in phytonutrients called glucosinolates. These are special compounds that have been shown to protect our cells from various mutations. All cruciferous vegetables have glucosinolates but brussel sprouts contain higher levels than even mustard greens, kale, broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower. We recommend eating these nutritional all-stars on a regular basis, starting of course with this amazing salad!
Avocado lime soup never fails to hit the spot, especially during the heat of summer. Cucumber and lime will keep you cool and refreshed while avocado bulks things up a bit and makes this recipe satisfying yet light. Seasoned and garnished simply with a dash of black pepper, sea salt, tomato and cilantro, this recipe is ridiculously easy to make. It will become a summer staple in your kitchen without a doubt.
Every one knows how amazing leafy green vegetables are for you. No one is questioning whether they should eat more greens, most people believe they should! The question is then how to get more greens in the diet in a delicious and convenient way. This recipe is both of those things and combines vitamin and mineral packed kale with a generous dose of rich sesame tahini which is also known for being high in bone strengthening calcium. Eat your greens and become stronger and healthier! These kale chips are light and crispy and have just the perfect amount of sauce on them for that melt in your mouth consistency once dried. Tahini kale chips....simply a classic....
Daikon, arugula, basil, carrots, cucumber, yellow squash, red bell pepper, green onion and zucchini oh my! This dish by Lisa Pitman of Vegan Culinary Crusade is definitely not short on the veggies. The carefully julienned and spiralized vegetables add a light, crunchy, and oh so fresh flavor. Combined with the chewy delicacy of the rice paper and rich creaminess of the cashew cheeze, this recipe really will make your taste buds feel like they're in paradise. Once you're done prepping your beautiful veggies, all that's left to do is roll them up inside rice paper, dip generously in your delicious raw tomato sauce and take a bite and enjoy!
Craving a delicious and comforting bowl of mashed potatoes but want to avoid the weighed down, carbo-loaded feeling? This recipe uses cauliflower instead of traditional potatoes and can be made either lightly cooked or raw depending on your preference. Garlic, onion and garam masala are added to the food processor to give the cauliflower spice and warmth. Serve with a dolup of warm chickpea miso and mushroom gravy for a unique treat. You will be amazed by how well cauliflower masks itself as potato in this recipe!
This recipe is like a flower blossom in the Spring-time - bursting with life and freshness! Totally yummy as a dip, or it can also be used as a spread in a sandwich with maybe some toasted rye or ezekiel bread, avocado, sprouts, tomato, and fresh baby lettuces. Or nix the bread and use it as a spread in a collard wrap burrito style. Scoop it up with all kinds of spring-a-licious veggies such as asparagus, carrots, and radishes! The humble pea is actually highly nutritious with ample amounts of vitamin C, K, manganese and even a fair amount of protein. Who knew!
Ever made nut milk and wondered what to do with the leftover pulp? Wonder no more, just make an enticing batch of creamy, savory, healthy and filling raw hummus to add to your salads or scoop up with a flax cracker! For this recipe use whatever leftover nut milk pulp you have on hands, whether that's almond, pistachio, pecan, pumpkin seed, or sunflower seed. You can even use a combination. Give this recipe a taste test as you go along and make necessary adjustments with the spice, salt, tahini, and lemon as each nut and seed has a different flavor.
Delicately sweet, juicy papaya, creamy cubes of avocado and crisp apples combine together with a very simple orange juice and curry marinade. This unique fruit salad can be enjoyed as an appetizer or as a side dish with your meal. With this recipe your body will enjoy plenty of vitamin C and A from the papaya, nourishing and grounding efa's, protein, and vitamin E from the avocado, and fiber rich pectin from the apple. The curry spice adds a nice warming tone to the flavor and works so nicely with the sweetness of the fruits.
What's not to love about Japanese Maki Rolls?! They are so delicious, and have the perfect balance of "light yet filling". Create these raw vegan maki rolls with your partner, a friend, or even your children. We love the pop of contrasting color from all of the fresh vegetables. In this recipe Jenné Claiborne uses bell pepper, purple cabbage, avocado, pickled ginger, red lentils and sprouted quinoa inside of her nori sheets. Sprouted quinoa is a great source of alkaline forming protein, is very easy to digest and assimilate, and still retains those life giving enzymes and phyto-nutrients that would otherwise be destroyed with cooking. Check out Jenné's other recipe how to for sprouting quinoa.
In need of a fresh and flavorful idea for dinner tonight? This salad combines simple wholesome ingredients to create the perfect Asian inspired side salad. The crunch of sesame gomasio combines with juicy fresh nutrient rich purple cabbage and sugar snap peas for an enlightening taste of Spring. The salad is then ever so lightly dressed with rice wine vinegar and a drizzle of high quality sesame oil. If you're wanting an even lower fat version Chef Gena Hemshaw tells us that the sesame oil can be left out. This recipe calls for light steaming of your snap peas, but they can also be consumed raw, it is up to you. What a healthy addition to a meal!
Crispy sweet "baked" onions with a creamy, cheesy, sunflower seed sauce that mimics the flavor of cheddar? Yes, please! This is another incredibly creative recipe by Callie England that will satisfy those cravings for any snacky, cheesy, savory, oniony type foods. Callie tells us, "These crispy onions are a great addition to salads and soups. Plus, they will store beautifully in the freezer, so make extra and you’ll have them for quite some time." They are crunchy, light, and oh so yummy!
A creamy, refreshing, paprika laced red bell pepper bisque topped with a delicious vibrant green pistachio parsley pistou (pine-nut-less pesto) which gives the smoothness of the soup a nice amount of nutty texture. Enjoy as the centerpiece of your meal or as an appetizer for lunch or dinner
A simple recipe with a lot of personality and complexity of flavor! Sweet date syrup, tangy full bodied balsamic, spicy cayenne and a little extra richness from coconut oil and crunch from sesame seeds, this cashew nut mix is totally unique, tantalizing and easy as 123! Inspired by a recipe for sweet and spicy cashews from Hannah.
Ever bitten into a raw flax cracker only to be disenchanted by bland, listless, and uninspired flavor? If so this recipe will restore your faith that raw crackers CAN be loaded with flavor and pizazz! Spicy bold flavors of cumin, garlic, onion, black pepper and a touch of basil combine with soaked walnuts, ground flax and fresh zucchini for a versatile recipe that can be either turned into flatbread or crispy crackers. This recipe was inspired and adapted from a recipe by Chef Matthew Kenney.
Crunchy dehydrated BBQ spiced cauliflower with a sweet and tangy honey mustard dipping sauce. This delectable recipe is the perfect appetizer or snack when you just need something salty and spicy to munch on. Perfect savory treat while watching a great movie with a friend or loved one! If you love dehydrated kale chips odds are you will love this recipe too!
Crispy, succulent greens of romaine, watercress, celery and parsley combine eloquently with the sweet crunch of fresh apples and grapes and a healthy dose of omega 3 rich walnuts. This salad is then lightly dressed with a creamy cold pressed olive oil, cashew, and mustard vinaigrette. Vastly nutritious and an incredible marriage of flavors and textures this salad will definitely WOW you (as any recipe from Chef Russel James will!)!
Such a simple, light, fresh salad that would make a great accompaniment to a creamy raw avocado soup or even addition to a green leafy salad. Or of course just eaten on it's own as a side salad. It is a lovely combination of fresh flavors and is packed full of sprout life force and nutrition. Lentil sprouts in particular are very easy to digest and are rich in protein, iron, folate, potassium, and niacin making them a great addition to a vegetarian diet!
This salad is gorgeous and the delicious creamy tangy apricot dressing is reason enough to make this recipe. When it comes to eating raw kale salad this secret is totally in the dressing. It must have a yummy sauce otherwise you can forget it. This recipe has vibrant flavors and a variety of fun textures and is not your average boring salad. The many phyto nutrients such as beta carotene in this salad are amazing for healthy lung tissue. Breathe deep and try it out for dinner tonight!