Quinoa Tomato Avocado with Carrot Ginger Sesame

Quinoa Tomato Avocado Salad - Carrot Ginger Sesame Dressing - The Lotus and the Artichoke

Here’s a quick and healthy vegan recipe for one of my favorite salads. It’s great for lunch on its own, or as an appetizer before a soup or lighter meal. Instead of quinoa, you can use other grains like couscous or bulgar, or use the dressing, avocado and tomato on fresh greens, like spinach or arugula.

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Guacamole for a Summer Day

Raw Vegan Guacamole for a Summer Day - The Lotus and the Artichoke

Guacamole is simple, wholesome, refreshing and delicious. Everyone has their own unique recipe. I debated about posting my own online, but I’m such a fan of guacamole… and it’s naturally vegan (unless you do something silly like add mayo to it – ick!) and all raw. So, I decided to write up this post to celebrate guacamole, avocados, and raw food in general. It also gave me an excuse to practice more food styling and play with some new serving dishes. I know, how domestic of me.

Guacamole is very well-known in North America, due in no small part to the proximity and popularity of Mexican and Latin American food – much of which can be made vegan quite easily. Guac is also one of those things, like hummus and other dips that shows up all the time at buffets and picnics.

Despite loving the versatility and flavor of vegan cooking, I try to eat a lot of raw food. Depending on the season it’s usually about 30-50% of my daily food intake. In the summer, and when I’m traveling in warm climates (where safe-to-eat raw fruit and vegetables can be found) it’s even more.

I try to plan a one-day fast every month to let my system detox and have a day off. I work with juices, tea, and raw snacks and simple things on the pre- and post-fasting days, to ease my digestive system into and out of the fast. Sprouts, salads, raw fruits and vegetables, and raw snacks like this work well not just for the fasting transition, but also to accompany cooked dishes.

Perhaps another time I’ll explore in more depth the topics of juicing and fasting, but for now, let’s get right to that awesome guacamole recipe.

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