I had this really innovative and exciting waffle recipe all worked up... and I was super stoked about it... and I made the waffle batter... and then I tried to make the waffles, and umm, total, and I mean TOTAL, waffle fail. (Don't worry, brunch was still saved by the ever wonderful Parisian baguette!)
Now I'm going to share with you a salad.
(Yeah, I know... salad???)
But, this isn't just any salad... this is a totally rad and yummy (and healthy and vegan) mock Dragon Bowl. There is this lovely vegan restaurant in Montreal called Aux Vivres, and they made the BEST food. This dish is a super simplified version of one of their most popular specialities: the dragon bowl.
Basically, as you shall soon see, it's just grated up veggies tossed in this awesome sauce. You can mix and match as you please with the veggies, but the beetroot in here is kind of a must. For simplicity's sake I typically stick to three or four different vegetables... and this mix has thus far been my favourite. For the last few weeks this is what I've taken in to lunch everyday, and after a weekend of wine, pizzas, pastries, and chocolate... um... this salad is really and truly needed.
And as a note for all you cake lovers out there... normally I don't do salads on the blog, but because it is vegan awareness month... why not throw some yummy remix salads in the mix?!
Mock Dragon Bowl - What you need:
- 4 - 5 medium beets, shredded
- 3- 4 medium carrots, shredded
- 1/2 head of purple cabbage, shredded
- 1 cup of sprouts
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- Dragon sauce - recipe below
+ other awesome veggies in this dish: shaved brussels sprouts, radishes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes...
Mock Dragon Bowl - What you do:
Stir/toss everything in a big bowl so the veggies are all mixed up. Toss in the dragon sauce.
Serves 3 to 4 people. If you want to bulk up the salad, serve it over rice or quinoa, or throw in some tofu or tempeh (they actually serve it this way at Aux Vivres, but I'm just going pure and simple today!).
Dragon Sauce - What you need:
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 clove of garlic
Feel free to play around with this recipe a bit as well... I normally add in around a tablespoon of kale powder and a touch of cumin or sumak. My friend subs in sesame oil in for the olive oil... as you wish!
Dragon Sauce - What you do:
Throw everything into a food processor and blend until smooth.
If you don't have a food processor - chop up the garlic into small pieces and then mix everything together.
(I very slightly have adapted the dragon sauce recipe from G Living.)
And yes... I know that this isn't so much as a recipe as it is an idea... but sometimes a big old salad is just what Monday called for. One can only consume so many pastries...
Next time I promise to bring you something baked to perfection... but until then! DRAGON BOWL!
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
This is such a beautiful song and the entire album is terrific.