Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Salad with Cucumber Dressing ~ a Raw and Vegan Recipe

serves 2 ~ $2.63 per serving

  • 5 ounces arugula ($2.50)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced ($.50)
  • about 12 cherry tomatoes ($1.00)
  • 1 medium onion ($.10)

  • 1 cucumber peeled and chopped ($.50)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil ($.10)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.40)
  •  1 tablespoon agave ($.10)
  • 1 teaspoon tarragon ($.05)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • edible flowers for garnish

Raw food is usually effortlessly pretty and photogenic, but this salad was unusually so. I love these viola's. They've kept going all summer long and are still at it. I'll bring them inside when it starts to get cold and see if I can nurse them along for a while.

Assemble the salad. I used a white cherry tomato I grew this year, called Italian Ice, but any cherry tomato will do. 

In a bullet type blender, puree all the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy.

There are all sorts of edible flowers that can be grown in a home garden. I've used viola's and a pansy here, but other common edibles are rose, impatiens, nasturtium, carnation, cornflower, day lily, dandelion, fuchsia, gladiola, lilac, lavender, marigold, violet, and nearly all edible herb flowers. Just make sure you always know what you're eating.
nutritional information:       calories: 258      fat: 16 gr      carbs: 34 gr      protein: 5 gr


  1. How lovely is that!! I am always so excited when restaurants put flowers on my salad--I consider it a treat. How simple to just grow some of my own!
    Peace and Raw Health,

  2. Beautiful and delicious looking salad, I love edible flowers.
    One question, if I were to make that dressing for a raw vegan friend, what would you suggest instead of agave (which is highly processed, heated, and is between 70-92% pure fructose-higher than HFCS)? Honey is not vegan, syrups and sugars are heated..what about juiced apples?

    1. I looked around at some of your other recipes and saw date syrup (which I have :)I wasn't sure if that was a thumbs up item or not...or does "what's allowed" just depend on the person?

  3. I absolutely love this dressing, which surprised me since I usually do not care for tarragon. I will definitely be making this again.

    The onion was too strong for me, though, and I wasn't able to eat it. Do you find that this is common for people who are new to the raw lifestyle? Or, come to think of it, is there a specific type of onion I should buy? Thanks.

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