Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Vegan Express Salads

I wanted to try something new but not too involved this weekend so I figured Nava Atlas' excellent new book Vegan Express might be a good place to start looking for ideas. One of the first recipes I came across sounded good - Chickpea and Carrot Salad with Parsley and Olives. It was a snap to prepare too, just mix together canned chickpeas, grated carrots, parsley, green olives, and scallions. Add a little lemon juice and olive oil, and season with cumin, salt & pepper. She suggests serving this with her Sweet and White Potato Salad and who am I to argue with that. This was a pretty basic potato salad served with a vinaigrette and chopped tomatoes and avocado, but the addition of sweet potatoes makes it a little more interesting. Everything was served on a bed of lettuce and another interesting addition is the toasted pumpkin seeds on top of the potato salad. This made for an excellent dinner and it didn't take that long to prepare.

On the page facing the carrot salad recipe is the Middle Eastern Chopped Salad recipe. This caught my eye too because it's basically a jazzed up cucumber and tomato salad - and we've been getting a lot of cucumbers and tomatoes from our garden. It also includes bell pepper, olives, scallions, parsley, sesame seeds and pine nuts. This was a good start to last night's dinner and afterwards we just had some basic sandwiches. Fun stuff, though it's not always like this. Tonight's dinner was a little of the leftover carrot salad and PB&J on toast.


Bianca said...

It's the perfect time of year for lots of salads. I've been doing a lot of that too, and I'm sooo going to miss the fresh summer veggies and salad greens come winter.

VeganCowGirl said...

Avocado in potato salad...interesting - I never would have consider that.

The cookbook sounds good, sometimes veg cookbooks, with the intent of avoid the veg people eat nothing but salads stereotypes, tend to leave out salad. Its great that 8 years ago there were maybe 4 vegan cookbooks on the market, and NOW...they are everywhere...excellent stuff, thanks for the salad feature, will check the book out for sure.

jennycestcake said...

I love how you mentioned that not every night at your house features great meals. Sometimes, though, leftovers and pb&j is the perfect meal (and it gives the cook in the family a break!).

Beautiful salads!

bazu said...

Ooooh, all I've been craving lately is salad. Thanks for the inspiration!

Peggy the Veggie said...

Yum, those salads look so good, and so colourful! I'll definitely give the chickpea salad a try sometime :)