Quick Vegan Caprese Salad for Two (Or Three, Or Four…)

Let’s make this super easy and forego measurements, shall we?
Note: This recipe uses plant-based smoked mozzarella from Miyoko’s Kitchen. Visit their website to find a store near you that carries their delicious plant-based cheeses and butter, or order directly on their website. If you have a plant-based mozzarella you make or prefer, use that instead!

 

 

 

Quick Vegan Caprese Salad for Two (Or Three, Or Four...)
 
This recipe is too simple for measurements and quantities. Make as much or as little as you want!
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Ingredients
  • A big tomato (or some small ones)
  • Miyoko's Kitchen Smoked Vegan Mozz (or your own homemade vegan mozzarella or favorite brand)
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes and plant-based mozzarella into roughly equal size thickness.
  2. Stack alternating slices of tomato and cheese, making sure to lay basil leaves between them.
  3. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  4. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Notes
This recipe uses plant-based smoked mozzarella from Miyoko's Kitchen. Visit their website to find a store near you that carries their delicious plant-based cheeses and butter, or order directly on their website. If you have a plant-based mozzarella you make or prefer, use that instead!

 

tofu “egg” salad

Eggs: higher in fat, calories, and cholesterol than tofu — the USDA won’t even allow them to be labeled “nutritious” or “healthy.” Hmm.
Important note: To get that distinctive egg flavor in your tofu “egg” salad, you must use Indian black salt (also called kala namak). What is this, you ask? Read all about it, here.
Tip: Tofu “egg” salad is easy to make and adaptable to anyone’s taste: include dill or sweet pickles, paprika, scallions, and/or celery. Or omit them all if you’re a purist. 

Tofu "Egg" Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound extra firm tofu, drained
  • ¾ cup to 1 cup vegan mayo (I used Hampton Creek's Just Mayo)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ¾ teaspoons Indian black salt (also called kala namak), plus more to taste; do not omit or substitute with regular table salt as this is what gives it that distinctive egg taste!
  • black pepper, to taste
  • paprika, to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup diced celery (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ cup diced sweet pickles (optional)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sweet pickle juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Using a fork or you fingers, crumble tofu into a large bowl.
  2. Mix in vegan mayo, mustard, turmeric, Indian black salt (kala namak), black pepper, and paprika (if using).
  3. Stir in celery, pickles, and pickle juice (if using). See the Notes section for substitutions and other options. It's your salad -- go crazy!
Notes
To get that distinctive egg flavor in your tofu "egg" salad, you must use Indian black salt (also called kala namak) -- regular table salt won't do it. This salad is easy to make and adaptable to anyone's taste: include dill or sweet pickles, paprika, scallions, and/or celery. Or omit them all if you're a purist.

 

mandarin orange salad with candied almonds

Fresh, crunchy, simple — a real crowd-pleaser.
Tip: Make the candied almonds and dressing ahead of time, and putting the salad together will be even easier.

Mandarin salad

Mandarin Orange Salad with Candied Almonds
 
Fresh, crunchy, simple -- a real crowd-pleaser. Make the candied almonds and dressing ahead of time, and putting the salad together will be even easier.
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 heaping tablespoons vegan granulated sugar (I use Florida Crystals)
  • 14 ounces Romaine hearts (or your favorite crunchy lettuce combination), sliced crosswise into ½-inch strips (roughly 13 loosely packed cups)
  • 1¼ cups diced celery
  • ½ cup diced scallions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 11-ounce can organic mandarin oranges in water (drained, but with mandarin water from can reserved!)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons agave syrup (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, but a nice touch)
Instructions
  1. Combine almonds and sugar in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir frequently until sugar is melted and almonds brown (do not allow to burn). Remove almonds from heat, spread them onto wax paper in a single layer, and allow to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together Romaine hearts, celery, scallions, fresh parsley, and mandarin oranges. Set salad aside.
  3. In a tightly covered container, combine ¼ cup of the reserved mandarin orange water, olive oil, agave syrup, vinegar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using). Shake vigorously.
  4. Add the candied almonds and dressing to salad and toss. Serve immediately. (See Notes!)
Notes
Be sure to store the candied almonds and the dressing in separate containers, and assemble the salad only when you're ready to serve it (otherwise you'll have soggy lettuce and chewy -- not crunchy -- almonds)! The dressing should be stored in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it.

 

eggplant burgers with caramelized onions and horseradish-mustard mayo

You’re all set for summer. (Or any of the other seasons.)
Note: This recipe makes around 6 burgers, depending on how thick you make them.

eggplant burger with caramelized onions

Eggplant Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Horseradish-Mustard Mayo
 
The rich flavor of eggplant with sweet onions and tangy, creamy sauce -- you're all set for summer (or any of the other seasons). This recipe makes around 6 burgers, depending on how thick you make them.
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Ingredients
For the horseradish-mustard mayo:
  • ½ cup vegan mayo (I use Hampton Creek Just Mayo)
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish mustard (I use Annie's Naturals; make your own by combining drained, prepared horseradish and Dijon mustard)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
For the eggplant burgers:
  • 2½ pounds of eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • Olive oil (to coat eggplant cubes and for frying burgers)
  • 1 cup diced scallions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 heaping tablespoon nutritional yeast (Bob's Red Mill and Red Star Yeast are brands most commonly found in markets)
  • ½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Black pepper
  • 1¼ cup panko
Instructions
For the horseradish-mustard mayo:
  1. Combine mayo and horseradish mustard, whisking together until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so that flavors will meld. (You can make this a day ahead.)
For the eggplant burgers:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, drizzle olive oil over eggplant cubes and toss to fully coat.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and spread eggplant cubes on baking sheets in single layer. Roast for 30 minutes, tossing cubes once halfway through to ensure even cooking. When the cubes are very tender, remove from oven and transfer to a large bowl. Mash the eggplant cubes with a potato masher or pulse a few times in a food processor until eggplant is, well, a big pile of mush and no big chunks remain.
  4. Stir scallions, garlic, parsley, nutritional yeast, salt, and black pepper into eggplant mixture. Stir in 1 cup of panko to start. Mixture should be firm enough to hold together when making the burgers. If necessary, add the remaining ¼ cup of panko to stiffen the mixture (I find I almost always need it). Taste mixture and season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  5. Cover mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes so it can firm up. (Note: If you're planning to top the burgers with caramelized onions, I suggest getting the onions on the stove at this point so they're ready around the time your burgers are done.)
  6. Divide mixture into about 6 parts, depending on how much you've got and how thick you like your burgers; I generally make mine around an inch thick. Using either a hamburger press (I've got my mother's Tupperware one from the '70s!) a biscuit cutter, or your hands, form the eggplant mixture into burgers. Make sure to pack them tightly if you're using your hands or a biscuit cutter instead of a press! Let burgers rest a few minutes before cooking.
  7. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of oil to a pan and place over a medium-high heat (do not let the oil smoke). With a spatula, place burgers into pan, but do not crowd them. (These fellas are delicate; leave space so you can get your spatula in there to flip them. I cook only 2 at a time.) Allow burgers to cook until you can see them getting golden on one side. With your spatula, gently turn burgers over and allow to brown on the other side. When the second side looks golden brown, you should be able to flip them more easily. Continue to cook burgers until they're as dark/crispy on the outside as you like.
  8. Remove burgers from pan and place on your favorite egg-/dairy-free buns (toast the buns if you like). Top with caramelized onions (or raw onions if you prefer), lettuce, tomato, and horseradish-mustard mayo.
Notes
This recipe calls for around 2½ pounds of eggplant because eggplant vary so greatly in size. I suggest weighing them at the market to make sure you're starting with the right weight. If you're unable to get a weight and really have no idea what you're working with, I suggest adding seasonings in smaller increments to start and building up (based on your taste) as you go.

 

chipotle cole slaw

Light on the mayo, heavy on the crunch, and just a touch of heat. 

chipotle slaw

Chipotle Cole Slaw
 
Light on the mayo, heavy on the crunch, and just a touch of heat.
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1¼ cup chopped celery
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons vegan mayo (Just Mayo is my favorite)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers + 2 teaspoons of adobo sauce (Never bought this before? Cans of "chipotle peppers in adobo sauce" are usually located in the international aisle of the grocery store with other Mexican and Latin ingredients.)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Sunflower seeds for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine shredded cabbage, chopped celery, chopped green onion, and chopped cilantro.
  2. To make the dressing, combine vegan mayo, minced garlic, chopped chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, and salt.
  3. Pour dressing into cabbage mixture, toss to combine, and chill.
  4. Before serving, garnish with sunflower seeds if desired.

 

roasted eggplant sandwiches with creamy aioli

Rustic French bread + sweet eggplant + creamy aioli = perfect sandwich.

Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches

Roasted Eggplant Sandwiches with Creamy Aioli
 
Rustic French bread + sweet eggplant + creamy aioli = perfect sandwich.
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Ingredients
For the aioli:
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo (preferably Hampton Creek's Just Mayo)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pan
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
For the sandwiches:
  • 1 eggplant (around 1 pound), cut crosswise into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Rustic french bread (get my recipe here), or use bread of your choice (preferably bakery-fresh)
Toppings:
  • Sliced red onion, sliced tomato, arugula, and fresh basil leaves
Instructions
For the aioli:
  1. Combine all mayo, 1 tablespoon olive oil, lemon juice, and minced garlic, whisking until creamy. Cover and refrigerate.
For the sandwiches:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine thyme, parsley, and rosemary in a bowl.
  3. Place eggplant on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. With a pastry brush, lightly coat both sides of eggplant slices with olive oil or cooking spray. Sprinkle with herb mixture, and shake on salt and pepper to taste. Turn slices over and do the other side. Bake eggplant for approximately 30 minutes or until tender.
  4. Spread aioli on both sides of the bread, then assemble the sandwiches by dividing the eggplant up evenly and topping with slices of red onion, tomato, arugula, and fresh basil leaves.