Cilantro Pepita Pesto Vinaigrette

We may be nearing the end of the official VeganMofo but for me every day is VeganMofo! I hope you enjoyed all the recipes I’ve posted so far. I have something special planned for the finale but until then there is this: Cilantro Pepita Pesto Vinaigrette, that’s a mouthful isn’t it?

This recipe was inspired by a salad I use to get before I was vegan.

Cilantro Pepita Pesto Vinaigrette on a Garden Chop Salad. © The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Cilantro Pepita Pesto Vinaigrette on a Garden Chop Salad. © The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Cilantro Pepita Pesto Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cilantro
  • 1/3 cup Pepitas
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Vegan Parmesan
  • 1 tsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Water

Directions

  1. Place everything except oil and water into your food processor.
  2. Blend on high and scrape down sides for about a minute.
  3. Turn to low-speed and slowly drizzle in the oil.
  4. Scrape down sides and add water and blend until you reach a thick dressing type consistency. You can add more water if needed, a little at a time.
  5. That’s it!
  6. Enjoy on your favorite salad, over steamed veggies or use as a dip.

My favorite Salad is a Garden Chop. Simple to prepare and it looks so pretty on a plate. Just take between a 1/4 -1/2 cup of your favorite veggies and arrange in a row, you can even put a bed of greens down first. In the picture above I used Heirloom Tomatoes, Pearl CousCous, Black Olives, Chickpeas, Hearts of Palm and Artichoke Hearts. You can use whatever you have on hand, dried fruit and seeds are a great addition too.

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Tortilla Slaw

Today is the end of the first week of VeganMofo. My goal was to post something for you everyday and so far I’ve accomplished that, now I just have to keep it up for 3 more weeks!

I’d like to share with you a dish I’ve recreated that I had at a restaurant about 7 years ago, long before I was vegan and so long ago that I don’t even remember the name of the restaurant! They called it a garnish, I call it Tortilla Slaw. Aside from the cabbage it’s nothing like traditional coleslaw. It’s refreshing and crisp, no heavy dressing and with only a few simple ingredients like cabbage, cilantro and pumpkin seeds, this slaw is serving up triple dose of antioxidants.

Let’s talk about cabbage for a minute though. Did you know that cabbage is actually richer in Vitamin C than oranges, is high in fiber, and as a cruciferous vegetable it’s full of powerful antioxidants and a number of anti-cancer compounds!

You can learn more about the health benefits of cabbage HERE and if that isn’t reason enough to eat your cabbage maybe my recipe will convince you.

Tortilla Slaw © The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Tortilla Slaw © The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Tortilla Slaw, serves 1-4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Green Cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup of Red Cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • 1/4 cup Pepitas, toasted
  • 1/2 cup crispy Tortilla Strips*
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

*You can find prepared Crispy Tortilla Strips for salad topping in the produce section of your local grocery store or you can make your own. I used store bought.

Directions

  1. Use a Mandolin to finely shred the cabbage, you want it very thin, but not so thin that it doesn’t maintain its crunch.
  2. Toast the Pepitas in a dry pan on medium heat just until they start puffing up and begin to pop. Let cool.
  3. In a large bowl toss together the cabbages, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Fold in the tortilla strips just before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

I usually make this amount to serve myself, so you may want to double or triple the recipe if you are serving a large crowd.

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Chickpea Quinoa Crunch Salad

VeganMofo Day 6. While some of you are curling up with a hot cup of tea or hot cocoa and watching the leaves change as fall rolls in over in my neck of the woods we are still sweltering in 90+ degrees weather. I can’t wait to make soups, casseroles and chilis but for now I’m keeping my cool with this summery quinoa crunch salad.

© The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Chickpea Quinoa Crunch © The Queen V Kitchen 2013

Chickpea Quinoa Crunch Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Simple Truth Organic Red Quinoa, prepared as directed on package
  • 1 15oz. can Simple Truth Organic Chickpeas
  • 1 cup Organic Red Cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup Organic Cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 Organic Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 2 TBSP Simple Truth Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Avocado, for garnishing

Directions

  1. Prepare the quinoa and allow to cool to room temp.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas.
  3. Whisk together the Lemon juice, Oil, Cumin and Salt and set aside.
  4. Toss together remaining ingredients, except avocado, in a large bowl.
  5. Pour the dressing on to the salad and mix well.
  6. Cover and refrigerate.
  7. Serve well chilled with avocado slices and a lemon wedge.
© The Queen V Kitchen 2013

© The Queen V Kitchen 2013

This salad will soak up the dressing once it’s chilled, but you can add more if you like or leave as is and allow the fresh taste of your ingredients to shine.

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