Sunday, July 7, 2013

Traditional Potato Salad

Ah, potato salad! My favorite dish to bring to summer potlucks, serve at our backyard BBQ's, or just to make a huge bowl of to munch on throughout the week during the summer. Though there are lots of variations of this classically summer dish, I find that my vegan version of a traditional creamy potato salad is one of the first sides to disappear at any gathering.

For the salad
3 lbs baby red potatoes, cooked, cubed, and cooled
½ med sweet onion, chopped (I prefer Walla Walla sweets)
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley  
5 dill pickle spears, chopped 
½ cup finely cubed extra firm tofu (optional. I use the tofu to emulate the hard boiled eggs found in traditional tater salad, but it's totally up to you if you want to use)

For the sauce
1¼ cup veganaise  
2 Tbs dill pickle juice  
1 tsp mustard  
1½ Tbs nutritional yeast  
½ tsp black pepper  
¼ tsp garlic salt  
1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt 
Few dashes smoked paprika (optional)

Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and set to the side. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk all the sauce ingredients together. Stir in the onion, parsley, pickles and tofu until all ingredients are combined. Add the sauce mix to the potatoes and gently stir until all the potatoes are covered in sauce. Place in the fridge for a few hours and enjoy by the bowlful.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Seasonal Fruit Salad

One of my favorite things about summer is fruit salad. So simple, satisfying to my sweet tooth, and super refreshing. But one of the best things is how many different ways fruit salad can be made. I like to just go to the farmers market, grab whatever is around and just throw everything in a bowl. And now that sweet cherries are in full season, and the rest of the stone fruits have just started to appear, its time for one of my all time favorite fruit salads.

3 peaches, pitted and roughly chopped
3 red plums, pitted and roughly chopped
1 lb. sweet cherries (I generally use Bing or Rainer)
2 cups blackberries
approx 1/8 cup fresh mint chiffonade

Mix all ingredients together in a bog class or ceramic bowl and chill in the fridge for an hour or so. Bring to a vegan BBQ or eat as a delicious snack while lazily lounging in a hammock in the sun.