Vegan Berry Winter Salad
Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog! This vegan berry salad is perfect if you were looking for a yummy winter salad!

When eating vegan or plant-based, we often find ourselves having to create difficult recipes or eating sad salads. They can be extremely boring and tasteless.

You can’t put a bunch of leaves and some carrots in a bowl and call it a salad, you must add some spice to that! Also, what better way to spice up a salad than add some sweet berries?

Sauté – Boil – Simmer – Serve!

Vegan Berry Winter Salad
 

Sometimes I find myself really craving a salad like this one, so rich in flavor and yummy, almost like comfort food. I just want to grab everything that I have in the kitchen and pour it into a bowl, to make it the yummiest salad ever. I truly tried doing that with this recipe.

This salad has a lot of my favorite things: avocado, dried cranberries, a kickass homemade dressing and some good vegan protein source, like chickpeas.

I really wanted to pack it full of nutrients and yummy ingredients.

This time around, I really played around with flavor, especially for the dressing, which is made of balsamic vinegar, an ingredient that is commonly used here in Italy in salads. To that basic, yet super tasty dressing, I added stuff like: Medjool dates, soy sauce, dijon mustard and so on (you can find everything in the recipe card below!).

This salad dressing will pull together all the flavors in the salad and will make you forget you are eating a salad, really!

Add some croutons and nuts for the crunch and you have the perfect winter salad, that will satisfy all of you cravings!

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

What you will need to make this Vegan Berry Winter Salad:

 

Ingredients Required:

Red onion

Chickpeas/garbanzo beans

Spinach

Arugula

Strawberries

Blackberries

Avocado

Walnuts

Dried cranberries

Balsamic vinegar

Dates

Soy sauce

Dijon Mustard

Nutritional yeast

Onion powder

Garlic

 

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Check out these other amazing Holiday Inspired Vegan Dishes!

The Perfect Vegan Cornbread
Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Nourishing Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

 

Benefits of…

Blackberries

  • Like all berries, blackberries are packed with vitamins and fiber. They help with your immune system and they are also good for brain health and a good antioxidant!

Cranberries

  • Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.

Walnuts

  • Walnuts have a wealth of the good kind of fats — polyunsaturated fats, which are better for you than saturated fats. They also have a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that eating walnuts can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in particular, but also lower your cholesterol overall.

 

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

Vegan Berry Winter Salad

This delicious and vibrant vegan berry winter salad will turn any gloomy day into a bright and energetic one!
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Course: lunch, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, easy vegan salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 406kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ red onion sliced thin
  • 1 can chickpeas/garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 4 cups spinach
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup strawberries sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 avocado diced small
  • 1/2 cup walnuts crushed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Dressing

  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 Medjool Dates
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic minced

To serve

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread – left out to harden
  • 1 tsp vegan butter

Instructions

  • Start with the dressing: Cover the pitted dates with 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes if they are not already soft. Prep the salad while those soften up.
  • Chop the sourdough bread into small cubes and toss into a skillet with a tsp of butter. Toss until crispy!
  • Simply rinse and drain the chickpeas and prep the fruit and veggies.
  • Add all of the salad ingredients to a large bowl and lightly toss.
  • The dates should be ready! Scoop out ¼ cup (60 ml) of the boiling water and drain the rest. Add the ¼ cup water, dates and all dressing ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. This will last for a week in the fridge. Taste test and adjust as needed.
  • Drizzle a good amount all over the salad. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 954mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 3236IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 3mg

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Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

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Vegan Berry Winter Salad
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy Vegan Cauliflower Soup

Welcome back to my blog Mamas! Cold weather calls for yet another creamy vegan oh-so-amazing soup! This one with cauliflower will help you get all those greens in, without even noticing.

Even if it doesn’t seem possible, it’s getting cold here in Italy. And I’m always craving some comfort food, the creaminess and warmth of some good old soup will do the trick and it’s amazing, especially if you don’t follow a plant-based diet,

This Cauliflower Soup is a great way to get a good amount of fiber and vitamins that are required in a well-balanced diet. But apart from that, is so yummy and full of flavor that you won’t even realize you are eating veggies!

Sauté – Simmer – Blend – Serve!

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

I’m always looking for that one recipe that I can always fall on when I want to make something special but easy and nourishing. Everyone needs that one recipe in their back pocket for specific occasions, this soup is perfect for when you are looking for something packed with flavor and super healthy.

The base for this comforting bowl of soup starts with the amazing veggie that is cauliflower, which it’s amazing on its own. However the other ingredients really bring the flavor in. We have garlic, which apart from having great health properties, makes this soup soo yummy. The cashew and the onion give it those earthy notes that immediately make it comfort food, but healthy,

Something that I also try to do is making my own veggie broth. It’s a good use of vegetable scraps leftover from the week and it’s much more flavorful than store-bought. It’s really easy to make a good one, just add all the vegetables in a big pot of water, add salt and a little bit of pepper and let it simmer for about one hour.

My little secret to make the perfect batch of veggie broth is roasting 2 halves of an onion for a couple of minutes, and add it to the veggies for the broth!

Enjoy this bowl of creaminess and let me know how it turns out if you try it!

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

What you will need to make this Delicious Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup:

Ingredients Required:

Cauliflower

Onion

Celery

Garlic

Cashews

Vegetable broth

Apple cider vinegar

Croutons

Seeds

Chili flakes

Fresh herbs

Balsamic glaze

 

Orgain Protein
 

Check out these other amazing fall inspired soup recipes!

Creamy Vegan Carrot Apple Soup

Vegan Chicken-Less Noodle Soup

Butternut Squash & Thyme Soup

 

 

Benefits of…

Cauliflower

  • This veggie has many great nutrients. It is high in fiber, which encourages healthy gut microbiota, which is really important in order to maintain a healthy gut, which many believes is the key to a healthy body. Cauliflower is also high in choline, a nutrient needed by our body to guarantee the correct function of our brain and nervous system, to regulate memory, mood, muscle control, and other functions.

Onion

  • Packed With Nutrients. Onions are nutrient-dense, meaning they’re low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. They were historically used as a preventative medicine during epidemics of cholera and the plague. They were apparently eaten by Roman emperor Nero as a cure for colds, and its reputation has made onions a popular component in the diets of many countries.

Celery

  • This veggie has received a lot of attention as a ‘superfood,’ with supporters claiming that celery juice helps combat a range of ailments, including inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. In fact, celery Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals with a low glycemic index. You’ll enjoy vitamins A, K, and C, plus minerals like potassium and folate when you eat celery. It’s also low in sodium. Plus, it’s low on the glycemic index, meaning it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar.
Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Vegan Creamy Cauliflower Soup

This delicious vegan creamy cauliflower soup can be paired beautifully with other holiday dishes are enjoyed on its own!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy vegan soup, dairy free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 148kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower broken into florets
  • 1 white onion peeled, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic whole, peeled
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Soup Toppings

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Croutons
  • Seeds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Fresh herbs
  • Balsamic glaze

Instructions

  • Heat a medium non-stick frying pan. Add onions, garlic, celery and 1-2 tbsp of water. Saute these veggies on high heat for 2-3 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  • Transfer sauteed veggies into a large pot. Add cauliflower florets, cashews and vegetable broth. Bring the contents to boil, then turn the heat down to medium and let your soup simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until cauliflower is nice and soft.
  • Transfer your soup into a blender (or use an impact blender), add apple cider vinegar and blitz for 2-3 minutes, making sure the mixture is nice and smooth. Top with your preferred toppings and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 752mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

Looking to lower your waste while prepping? Check these out!

Compostable & Unbleached Parchment Paper

Compostable Parchment Paper
The parchment paper by “If You Care” is unbleached, chlorine free, and compostable. I have used this up to the highest oven setting without any issues! Paper, in it’s natural state is beige or light brown. For years people have subjected it to a bleaching process to create the white sheets we all know and love.

Unfortunately, cleaning the paper is having the opposite effect on the environment. The most common bleaching agent – chlorine dioxide (ClO2) – occurs naturally as a component of salt, but once it separates from it’s natural pair it begins to cause problems. The paper bleaching process deposits chlorine in the lakes and streams where mills are most commonly located, and once there it bonds with organic matter in the form of dioxins. Dioxins are a group of highly toxic chemicals that are thought to pose negative effects on reproductive and immune system development, as well as cause several kinds of cancers. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is no safe level of dioxin exposure.

Vonuva Plant Based Wax Wraps

Plant based wax wraps
Reusable. Compostable. Cruelty-Free! Each wrap is made of unbleached certified organic cotton cloth infused with all-natural candelilla wax, pine resin, a pinch of soy wax and organic coconut oil.

Plastic-Free Glass Containers

glass Tupperware
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Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad 1
Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

 Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad

Welcome back Mamas! Today I’m coming to you with a tasty pomegranate salad for Fall!

This Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad is the a fantastic combination between a nourishing, filling, hearty fall meal and a light salad. It’s a perfectly balanced dish, the quinoa is high in protein and fibers, and adds heartiness to the dish.

The sweet potatoes and the amazing cashew dressing add creaminess and so much taste. Finally, the pomegranate, which is rich in antioxidants, adds that wonderful crunch and makes it so colorful and pretty!

  Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad  
 

  This recipe is one of my favorite because all of the ingredients are seasonal, meaning they are much more tasteful during this time of the year.

As a matter of fact, by eating produce grown close to home, we can reduce our carbon emissions and reconnect with the land.

For instance it’s so easy to grow baby spinach, you can even do it in a pot!

Just make sure you plant them at the end of the summer, just before it gets cold, and harvest them when – well – they’re still babies! It’s been raining quite frequently lately, and I haven’t even watered them since I planted the seeds.

 

Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad 6 
 

What you will need for this delicious Vegan Pomegranate Quinoa Salad …


Ingredients Required:

Sweet potato

Walnuts

Pomegranate seeds

Vegetable broth

Quinoa

Parsley

Baby spinach

Cashews

Lemon

Maple syrup 

 

Orgain Protein
 

Find more heartwarming recipes below: 

Cranberry Orange Walnut Salad: Vegan and Oil Free!

Veggie Packed Pineapple Tofu Salad

Vegan Harvest Bowl with Turmeric Dressing

Benefits of…

Walnuts

  • Walnuts are amazing for adding good fats to your diet. They also have a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a great help against cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that eating walnuts can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in particular, but also lower your cholesterol overall.

Pomegranate seeds

  • Pomegranate has anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties because is said to be a good source of vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, as well as folic acid. Wonderful to prevent colds and other viruses typical of the fall months.

Cashews

  • A part from being so tasty, cashews are low in sugar and rich in fiber, heart-healthy fats, and plant protein. They’re also a good source of copper, magnesium, and manganese — nutrients important for energy production, brain health, immunity, and bone health.


Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad

Pomegranate Sweet Potato Salad

Try this delicious vegan pomegranate sweet potato salad to brighten up the fall and winter days!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beginner friendly, healthy recipes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 492kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Sweet potatoes diced in cubes
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts crushed
  • 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds add more as you wish!
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa Dry - Rinse before cooking
  • 1 cup Vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp Fresh parsley minced
  • 4-8 handfuls Baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1 cup Cashews soaked overnight
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/2-1 tbsp Maple syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F/200C and line the baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into small cubes. Season with just a bit of salt and pepper and bake for 25-30 minutes until fork tender and/or brown to your desired preference.
  • While the sweet potatoes cook, rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer and add to a small saucepan with 1 cup vegetable broth. Bring the quinoa to a boil and then a light simmer.
  • Removing the seeds from the pomegranate: Begin by rolling the pomegranate on the countertop to make the seed removal much easier. Slice the pomegranate into 4 sections and peel the skin away while scooping the seeds into a small dish. The rolling of the pomegranate helps to release the seeds without too much hassle.
  • Mince the parsley and add all of the dressing ingredients into a small blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, taste test and adjust to your preference.
  • Once the quinoa and sweet potatoes are ready, let cool slightly and then toss gently with all of the ingredients. Drizzle the dressing over and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 1047mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 19210IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 5mg

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