Browse through some of the best vegan lunch recipes online!
Raw Chef extraordinaire Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies recommends this savory tart recipe if you are looking for something new and fun to share with your friends at a summer barbecue or picnic! Even the fussiest eaters will like this recipe, and you don't have to be down with raw foods to thoroughly enjoy the delicious flavors of this recipe's buttery flax crust, creamy carrot-top pesto, soft and richly flavorful caramelized onions, tender wilted zucchini, and fresh spinach and tomatoes!
How do you turn crunchy kelp noodles into soft, chewy, pasta-like goodness? In this recipe for raw, vegan, gluten free pasta marinara chef Jason Wrobel shares with us his tip for getting those kelp noodles to give us the consistency we're looking for in a pasta dish. The softened kelp noodles are combined with a hearty and fresh flavored raw marinara complete with sun dried tomatoes, fresh romas or heirlooms, basil, garlic, oregano, and a pinch of hot pepper flakes to turn up the heat just a bit and stimulate those digestive juices. This is a great savory raw food recipe to make for those interested in raw food cuisine but aren't yet convinced this way of eating can be fun and interesting!
Thanks to Sarah Britton, we now have instructions for how to turn chlorella into a delicious creamy sweet drizzly sauce that can be added to desserts and breakfasts! Chlorella is a single celled blue green algae that is incredibly rich in all nutrients needed by the human body. It is nearly 60% protein by weight and contains high levels of beta carotene, iron, b vitamins, trace minerals and chlorophyll! It offers antioxidant capabilities, helps bind and remove heavy metals from the body, and can help elevate pH to a more alkaline level. We find that honey works best for this recipe but feel free to use your liquid raw sweetener of choice.
A lively broccoli hemp slaw from Gena Hemshaw with a hefty dose of omega fatty acids from hemp seeds and sasha inchi oil! The dressing is an easy and delectable sweet mustard vinaigrette containing apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Braggs or tamari, a spoonful of stoneground mustard and dash of curry. If sasha inchi oil is unavailable to you try hemp seed, flax, avocado, olive, or a combination for a wide array of essential fatty acids. Using a food processor to break down the broccoli and cauliflower into smaller pieces is a great trick and makes eating these healthy and hearty vegetables so enjoyable!
What can you do to make your carrot ginger soup a little more interesting? Try blending in a bit of fresh orange juice and a spoonful of raw nut butter! Raw Loulou recommends making this soup extra delicious by using raw cashew butter but almond would also be divine! Carrot and ginger is a classic combination and the addition of orange juice gives this soup an extra little kick that's perfect for spring. Get an abundance of vitamin C, beta carotene, and fresh flavor with this perfectly simple soup recipe.
A grounding, filling raw sweet potato salad with the inclusion of shredded daikon radish, sliced celery, tart apple, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, soaked mineral rich arame seaweed and a gentle dressing of lemon, agave, tamari, and cold pressed sesame oil. Delightful as a side salad with a steamed grain like quinoa or brown rice, or served with miso soup on a rainy day. If agave nectar isn't your thing, try yacon or coconut nectar in this dressing for a malty earthy sweetness that compliments the root vegetables very well!
Pasta alfredo has just been reinvented by Ooh La Raw and it's healthy, fresh, and will hit the spot! This recipe is very easy to put together, and is the perfect solution for those times when you're stumped on what to make for dinner and you need something quick. Spiralized zucchini noodles tossed with cherry tomatoes, basil, and a rich cashew herb alfredo sauce. It's a win every time!
The creation of this recipe by Young and Raw was inspired by a trip to Jeremy Safrons farm in Haiku where he had made raw bread with fresh tumeric from his land. Tumeric is an incredibly potent anti inflammatory herb that also helps the body detoxify harmful substances. It is amazing for helping to prevent or remedy inflammation within the skin. This recipe is great because it combines the healing benefits of tumeric with a versatile raw, gluten free bread that can be used to make a hearty sandwich! Try this bread with a sprouted hummus spread, avocado, tomato, sprouts and pickle!
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.
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!
Try this raw tomato basil sunflower seed paté stuffed inside of cucumber boats, as a filling in sandwiches and wraps, or scooped up with raw crackers or sliced veggies. Sunflower seeds make a great base for a paté because they are very cost effective and loaded with healthy nutrients, most notably vitamin E. Vitamin E keeps our cell membranes protected, fights free radical damage, helps heal soft tissue, and aids in keeping our skin and hair healthy and radiant. Because the sunflower seeds in this recipe are soaked prior to processing, their enzymes and nutrients are even more bioavailable and the pate is lighter, has a higher water content, and is much easier on the digestive system.
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!
Ready to try something different tonight for dinner? If you have been in a food rut lately this amazing recipe from Heather Pace of Sweetly Raw will pull you out of it immediately. Enjoy a raw vegan Mexican flavored fajita recipe complete with marinated vegetables, lettuce wraps, yummy sour "cream", fresh salsa, guacamole, and cheddar "cheese" sauce! These fajitas are a joy to make when you're craving something a bit more elaborate and complex in flavor. Filling as they may be, they are still a light and refreshing meal.
This salad takes its inspiration from a well-known Lebanese dish and combines the ultra fresh tastes of cucumber, mint, and parsley with tomato, red and green onion, and red bell pepper. The dressing is a light olive oil and lemon juice fusion with a bit of crushed garlic and raw honey. Then to add a nice crunch and zing the salad is sprinkled with a sesame seed and sumac "za'atar". Sumac is actually an amazing spice that comes from a berry and is fantastic for digestion. It packs a zesty tart taste and is full of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that can also be found in foods like blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and acai. Before gobbling up your salad add some olives, crumbled flax crackers, or turn it into a filling meal by adding fresh chickpeas or a nut based hummus, avocado slices, etc. This salad absolutely screams freshness and is packed with flavor.
Ever made raw tacos? No?! Well now is the time and THIS is the recipe to start you out on a raw Mexican food inspired path to heaven! This incredible recipe by Sarah Britton is definitely not short on the ingredients, but the end result is well worth the effort. The flavors of spicy walnut taco mix, fresh tomato salsa and tangy cashew sour cream create an absolute explosion of fresh vibrant flavors in your mouth. And not only that but you will feel refreshed and nourished after your meal. For the taco "shells" try using several varieties of cabbage such as green leaf, purple, or nappa cabbage which all work very well. This recipe puts greasy meat based Mexican food to shame. As long as you are using fresh seasonal produce and those delicious Mexican spices and herbs such as cumin, cilantro, garlic, paprika, and spicy peppers you will get that authentic flavor.
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.