Raw Salad with Tofu Feta

One of the things that I was reluctant to give up when going plantbased was feta cheese. I used to have serious cravings for it. There are some vegan alternatives to be found, but I have to say that the best substitute is one that I’ve made myself. Enter – tofu feta!

It’s basically extra firm tofu that has been pressed and then marinated for a day to get that distinctive flavour. It’s not as creamy (and obviously not as fat) but the taste is definitely there. The recipe is inspired by @fridasvegobak

With this tofu feta, I’ve made a lovely colourful raw salad. Carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, fennel, basil and pomegranate, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

1 block extra firm tofu, pressed
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp salt
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 dl canola oil
1 dl cold water
1 lemon, zest and juice

Combine all the ingredients to the marinade. Cut the tofu in cubes, 1×1 cm. Put in a clear glass jar and pour the marinade over the tofu. Make sure all the tofu is covered. Close the lid tightly and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours, or even better overnight. Lasts about 5 days.

Rainbow Salad

I see so many gorgeous, colourful salads here in my feed. So inspiring! Here my contribution – a nourishing, yummy salad with every colour of the rainbow. I served it with a smooth hummus on the side (see recipe for a world class hummus in my Stories).

Ingredients by colour:
• Red rice and sliced red apples (red, obviously)
• Golden bread croutons and roasted walnuts (let’s count that as orange, shall we?)
• Marigold petals (yellow)
• Steamed broccoli, avocado, green lentils, parsley and pumpkin seeds (green)
• Raw grated beetroot (purple)
• Borage petals (blue)

I hope you also enjoy eating the rainbow, my friends!

Sushi Bowl

As much as I love sushi, both nigiri and maki rolls, sometimes I just can’t be bothered with the nori sheets and the rice cushions. Ta-da – enter the sushi bowl! In this one I’ve got sushi rice, cucumber, green soy beans, red cabbage, roasted cashews, oven baked butternut squash, pineapple and avocados. Then drizzled with vegan sriracha mayo and soy sauce.

Rice Noodle Salad

The best way of serving salads in my family, is to let everyone pick what the like and mix it on each plate. I find that the children are more likely to try something new if it isn’t mixed up. There’s no such thing as “hiding” new foods from my kids by concealing it.

Here’s a lovely salad with
• rice noodles quickly fried in sesame oil and sesame seeds
• oyster mushrooms torn in strings and fried until crispy
• mango
• baby spinach
• sliced sugar snaps
• cucumber
• carrot sliced with potato peeler
• salted peanuts

I topped my salad with lime juice, coriander, soy sauce, a pinch of cane sugar and some vegan sriracha mayo.

Kale & Hazelnut Salad with Tahini Drizzle

A flavourful green salad that stands for itself or as a side to oven roasted veggies.

Slice four leaves of kale and remove the hard stems. Massage the kale for a few minutes with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a large pinch of salt. Add steamed haricot verts, roasted hazelnuts and halved Cape gooseberries (also called physalis). For the dressing: Add 2 tbsp tahini with 0,5 tsp agave syrup, a pinch of salt and 1 tsp lemon juice to a mug. Stir with plant milk to a runny dressing.

Kale, Lentil & Bulghur Salad

Today marks the start of autumn, with the older kids going back to school. But I refuse to think that salads are only for summer evenings, so here’s a salad that smoothly eases you towards darker nights and lower temperatures.

In this salad is whole bulghur cooked in vegetable stock, green lentils, sliced baby tomatoes and roasted chickpeas. The kale is cut in pieces and massages for a few minutes with olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and top with pickled red onion and roasted sunflower seeds. Drizzle with an easy vinaigrette with oil, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, agave syrup and lots of flat leaf parsley.

Sweet Potato & Hummus Salad

Too many things in this salad to fit it into a bowl! I needed to use up leftover rice, so that was my base. It’s not something i usually put in a salad, but it worked really well. A great, filling salad!

On this plate:
sweet potato, diced and oven baked
red cabbage, thinly sliced
green soy beans
nectarines
hummus with looooots of tahini
cucumber
alfalfa sprouts
rock melon (hidden under the coriander)
baby spinach
capers
coriander
drizzle of vegan sriracha mayo
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Salad with Tofu, Melon & Capers

Another one of those salads where I simply roam the fridge, save some veggies or fruit before they go bad, add some tofu and drizzle with a super quick dressing.
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In this mess you can find whole bulghur, watermelon, cucumber, sesame tofu, capers, fresh basil and coriander, and a tahini dressing. I just added some lime juice, salt and plant milk and stirred until smooth and runny.

Caesar Salad

I’ve been dreaming of creamy, delicious caesar dressing for a while. And there it was! I mixed to recipes from @nora_cooks_vegan and @thehiddenveggies. I don’t like the sharp taste of raw garlic, so I sautéed them gently before mixing. I served the dressing (yes – the dressing is the star here!) with Romaine lettuce, fried mushrooms, bread croutons and carrot “bacon”. (I’ll get back with a recipe for that. Fake bacon is great for us like pigs to be kept alive – check out the hashtag #gillagris – hijacked by vegans in an initiative from the great @javligtgott).
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Dressing
2 dl soaked cashews
3 cloves of garlic, sauteed
1 tsp soy sauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp capers, drained
1 dl water
1/4 nori sheet
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Mix all the ingredients in a blender or food processor until very smooth and creamy. Add generously to your Caesar salad. Store any leftovers in a jar in the fridge and use within 2-3 days.

Peach, Avocado & Red Cabbage Salad

Let’s see, what’s in my fridge? A bit of this and that, and as usual my standard answer is to make a salad. This one is with baby spinach, thinly sliced red cabbage, sliced avocado, carrots sliced with a potato peeler and pieces of sweet peaches. I sliced a ciabatta and toasted it with oil and garlic in a pan. I topped with a dressing of peanut butter, tahini, a splash of plant milk, a pinch of cane sugar and a squeeze of lime. Lots of flavours and lots of yum!