Friday, May 25, 2012

Loaded Creamy "No Pasta" Salad

I'm happy to report that this post is being written without a brace on my wrist! Cue cautious, yet celebratory jazz hands! It feels good to be back at my keyboard and my cutting board, at the end what's been a very trying  and insightful couple of weeks. There's no doubt about how fortunate I am to have such good health, and even though a small amount of chronic pain can seemingly get in the way of a lot, these past few days/weeks have shown me just how much I have to be grateful for. 
Thanks to my kitchen assistant aka gorgeous Sister, I had a fridge full of readily prepped veggies, so making this dish took less than minutes -- it was just a matter of mixing everything together and putting it on a plate. The sunny weather we've been having (er, until today) created a perfect setting to dine al fresco. I've always believed that good food should be accompanied with good surroundings so be sure to sit in your favorite corner of the house, back yard, park bench, or sandy dune with a big bowl of this wonderful salad - kay? 
Important Note About This Recipe
This is also a great way to sneak a lot of greens onto a picky-eater's plate, AND if you think you aren't a fan of raw Broccoli then you may want to think again. With a simple tenderizing technique used in the preparation as well as the warming of the Broccoli, this dish that will seriously knock your socks off. Don't be shy, give it a try! Just be sure to follow every step noted and you can't go wrong! 
Loaded Creamy "No Pasta" Salad
Yields 5 to 6 side servings
Step 1.
Broccoli Prep 
3.5 c Broccoli Florets
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Grape seed Oil //or// Safflower Oil
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 Black Pepper 
Toss all of the above together until the Broccoli has been evenly coated
Transfer the Broccoli to a ziplock baggy, removing as much of the air from that bag as you can
Let the Broccoli marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or longer (overnight is even better)
When you've finished marinating the Broccoli choose from one of the following Raw Vegan Warming Methods noted here(click)
Spread the marinated Broccoli florets evenly out on to a dehydrator sheet or parchment lined baking sheet
Proceed to warm the Broccoli for 1 hour 
When the Broccoli is finished warming set it aside in a bowl and get ready to make your salad!
Step 2.
Salad Components
In a large mixing bowl combine the following:
All of the Broccoli from Step 1
2 c Green Peas 
1 c shredded Zucchini
1 c shredded Parsnip (shred your parsnip with a small-toothed grater)
1/2 c thinly sliced Green Onion
Evenly toss your salad components together, set aside and move on to the next step/
Every classic pasta salad has a combination of mayo, mustard and relish - here's my raw vegan twist on those very important ingredients
Step 3.
Creamy Salad Dressing
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the following:
3/4 c AtV Sour Cream
2 Tbsp Mustard (any creamy mustard will do - I just recommend keeping away from the grainy types)
2 Tbsp Pickle Relish (this is optional)
Mix/Whisk together the above ingredients
Now all you have to do from here is transfer this dressing to your Salad components from Step 2...
Season with additional Salt & Pepper to taste, and enjoy!
Excuse me while I go have another giant bowl...

For those of you in the States celebrating Memorial Weekend, this salad would make a great addition to any outdoor barbecue or picnic. Mr AtV and I don't have any big plans over the extended weekend, but hopefully the sunny weather will return so we can enjoy some more meals outside on the patio!

What are you doing this weekend?



  1. yum!! that looks delicious! and just in time for memorial day! thanks for the great recipe! can't wait to try!

    1. Thank you! Let me know if you try it - I love getting feedback! :)

  2. I love your salad combination and this one is truly amazing! Ill definitely be whipping it up over the weekend! Have a good one!

  3. Holy deliciousness! can't what to try this

  4. Ok! I am making this right now!! I don't care if I'm up all night doing it either jk/lol :)) looks amazing!! gotta make it asap! love

  5. This sounds absolutely fantastic. I love all the different vegetables that go into making the pasta. And, oddly, I love it sounds like a great addition to the sauce. I will definitely try to make this this weekend. Thank you!

  6. You're amazing woman!!!!
    I am your fan now...

  7. Your food is so beautiful. I wish I had more time to make fancy raw dishes again. Right now we are cramming to get our school year done and simplicity is my best friend at the moment....some day...
    Peace and Raw Health,

  8. OMFG this is amazing. Eating it for lunch right now - want to eat it EVERY DAY.