Gluten-free Soy-free Vegan Japanese Quinoa Salad Recipe

July 25th, 2010 yum Posted in Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Japanese, Nut Free, Quinoa, Rice Free, Salad, Salad Dressing, Soy Free, Vegan 5 Comments »

The other day I was thumbing through one of my favorite cooking magazines and came across a recipe for a cold quinoa summer salad, with tomatoes and italian herbs. It sounded lovely, but somehow I just wasn’t in the mood for an Italian quinoa salad. Instead, I was in the mood for something distinctly more… Japanese. It may have been because earlier that day I’d gone with my Father to a Japanese restaurant and watched him eat a tasty bento while I sipped on a Jamba Juice (all fruit, no dairy, no soy, bless them). But whatever the reason, I wanted sesame in the saltiest, most umami way. Thank goodness Baby Yum seems to be doing well with the inclusion of sesame in my diet. I’d excluded it for many long months because sesame is a rising allergen, recognized as one of the top eleven allergens in Canada and other countries where it is a common ingredient. I thought about cold Japanese noodle dishes, popular in the summer, with their sesame infused soy and vinegar sauces. It was a day earmarked for quinoa, and so I thought perhaps I could make a sesame quinoa salad that broke from the Italian mold and ran straight for the island of Japan, fusion style. This lovely and light salad was the result. I think it could give any noodle salad a run for its money, with a good amount more protein and whole grain goodness. I added avocado in a nod to my favorite vegan fusion roll- the avocado roll. Ah, how I love you with rice, avocado. But it turns out, I also love you with quinoa.

For more creative “Japanese” takes on quinoa, try my Quinoa Sushi Roll Recipe

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*I use Coconut Secret for my soy-free gluten-free un-soy sauce.

Quinoa Avocado Sesame Chirashi Salad Recipe
Serving of Cooked Quinoa
1/2 fresh avocado, cubed
Black sesame seeds

1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp. agave or simple syrup
2 tsp. coconut amino un-soy sauce (or, if soy is ok, a wheat free tamari like San-J Low sodium)
2 tbsp. vinegar (you can use rice, red or white wine)
3 tbsp. canola oil

Put your cooked quinoa in a bowl and top with avocado to taste. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.

Drizzle dressing over quinoa. Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Soy-free Nut-free Vegan Un-cheese Dill Spread with Salad Recipe

January 28th, 2010 yum Posted in Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Egg Free, JM friendly, Nut Free, Salad, Salad Dressing, Soy Free, TED Elimination Diet, Vegan 7 Comments »

You may know that I have a crush on raw foods. After all, barring a few instances of nama shoyu (fresh wheat soy sauce) raw foods are mostly gluten free and almost always vegetarian (depending on who you ask). That’s why avoiding nuts for Baby Yum may be one of the more difficult restrictions, because some of my favorite raw food dishes at restaurants or at home require them. I was at the library the other day and I saw a book by Ani Phyo on the shelves. I couldn’t resist bringing it home, even though I was pretty sure most of the recipes were currently off limits. I enjoyed browsing the tasty recipes, but I was most struck by one dill-sunflower seed spread that could be adapted to fit my current diet. Ani took this nut sauce and mixed it up with grated carrot and nori (i think) and dehydrated it to make un-fish salmon cakes. It sounded yummy! Someday I might go and make that recipe with all three parts including an un-hollandaise sauce. toppingamacrepeHowever, this time I was happy to take the idea of using sunflower seeds and dill together in a “nutty” un-cheese sauce and run with it in my own direction. I ended up making a salty, onion dill sauce which i then used on everything I could think of.. including this light and lovely salad. I highly recommend the addition of avocado slices- the creaminess is such a nice contrast to the spread! And on amaranth crepes- it really was divine, even if it abandoned any hope of being a real raw foods recipe. (Yeah yeah, I know, the roasted sunflower seeds already sabotaged the mission- but they taste so good!) Anyway, hope you enjoy this tasty recipe that takes a salad to a whole new level of yumminess… And to think, I once thought I didn’t like salads!

Almost Raw Dill un-cheese Havarti Spread and salad Recipe
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
2 green onions, chopped
1 bunch of small dill, or to taste (reserve 1 tsp or more for dressing)
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
salt to taste

your favorite salad greens (I like arugula mixed into a more mild green romaine)
1 carrot (or more, depending on desired serving) peeled and shredded
small lemon wedge (optional)
Avocado slices, optional (but very nice)

1 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp. olive oil
agave nectar to desired sweetness
your favorite salt
1 tsp. minced fresh dill

Grind sauce ingredients in small food processor or blender, adding water slowly to get the desired consistency. Salt to taste.

Assemble salad ingredients.
Whisk together dressing ingredients and drizzle on salad.
Top with a big dollop of un-havarti sauce and garnish with a lemon wedge.

If you want to be really fancy with it, and aren’t wanting an entirely raw foods meal, serve on amaranth flatbread.


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