Summertime Fruit and Greens Salad

Summertime Fruit and Greens Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

I was needing to bring a dish to an outdoor potluck and The Ninth Grader actually had this idea and it sounded pretty good, so I went to work in the kitchen. Not only was it gone by the end of the night, I’ve already emailed the recipe to those who requested it. It has a light, tangy dressing that is perfect for a summertime get together.

1/8 C + 1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs + 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbs poppy seeds
8 C greens, chopped (I used iceberg and green leaf)
2 15-oz cans mandarin oranges, drained|
2 6-oz containers raspberries
1 C Craisins
1 C pomegranate seeds
1 C walnuts, chopped

In a small bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the greens.

Summertime Fruit and Greens Salad -- Epicurean VeganCarefully fold in the fruit and walnuts, then drizzle the dressing on top.

Summertime Fruit and Greens Salad -- Epicurean VeganAgain, gently fold or toss the salad to incorporate the dressing. Enjoy!

Summertime Fruit and Greens Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad

Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad -- Epicurean VeganThis recipe comes from Big Vegan cookbook and I thought, what a great combination of ingredients and flavors. The original recipe calls for raspberry vinegar, but after a long search at the grocery store, I found one bottle . . . for $5.99. The fact that I only needed 2 Tbs, and that I rarely come across recipes that call for this fancy vin, I decided to use rice vinegar. Besides, with the maple syrup, I wonder if the raspberry vinegar would make this salad a tad too sweet. Also, may I suggest you buy wild rice in bulk. I went to a regular grocery store (as opposed to Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage) and they don’t have much in bulk. I picked up a small box of wild rice, but failed to notice (until I got home) that it’s only 4-oz. I needed 6 for this recipe. Who makes 4-oz boxes of rice?! Who needs only 4 ounces?! For 2.69 a box, I find it ridiculous that it’s under a cup of rice per box.

Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

This reminded me of the hilarious scene in Father of the Bride where Steve Martin loses it in the grocery store over hotdogs and hotdog buns. I think the people at the rice factory, got together with the people at the grocery store, and said, let’s make a small box of rice so that customers have to buy two boxes to reach a cup of rice, thus, leaving them with a little bit of rice left . . . Ok, it’s an exaggeration. Just outsmart the rice people and the grocery store people by buying wild rice in bulk.

Anyhow, this is an outstanding salad. I love the combination of flavors and is very simple to make. It’s got a unique sweet and tangy flavor and great for summer.

6-oz wild rice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C canola oil
2 Tbs raspberry (or rice) vinegar
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 C fresh raspberries
1 C fresh blueberries
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 large green onions, chopped

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Stir in the salt and rice. Let it cook anywhere from 25-45 minutes, or until the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover and let it sit about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cooled. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, and syrup together. It’ll get slightly thick.

Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Combine the celery and green onions with the rice.

Wild Rice and Blueberry Salad -- Epicurean Vegan

Fold in the berries, then toss with the dressing. Enjoy!

Fruit ‘n’ Phyllo Pie

Fruit 'n' Phyllo Pie -- Epicurean VeganOk, it may look a little boring, but there’s nothing boring about the taste!  This is also great with some non-dairy ice cream on top. I took a cue from the Mustard Greens & Filo (Phyllo) Pie recipe and used a mixture of different berries. A great summertime dessert!

16 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
6 large fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 C fresh raspberries
1/2 C fresh blueberries
4-oz Tofutti cream cheese
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
4 Tbs Earth Balance margarine

Preheat oven to 375. Melt the Earth Balance in a small saucepan and keep it warm on the stove. Using a food processor, combine the cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice. In a medium bowl, combine the mixture with the fruit.

Using a pastry brush, brush the bottom and sides of an 8×8 (I used a 6×9, I think) baking dish. You’ll want to work quickly with the phyllo dough, but at least you don’t have to worry about making it look pretty–it won’t matter. Layer a phyllo sheet on the bottom of the pan and then brush the top with butter. Repeat this step with 7 more phyllo sheets. Pour the fruit mixture on top and spread it out evenly.

Do the same process with the remaining 8 sheets of phyllo dough on top, brushing butter onto each layer as you go.

I forgot to do this, but I recommend slicing this before you bake it—the phyllo doesn’t cut very clean after it’s been baked. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the top is a golden brown.


By the way . . . I’m off to Boulder for the weekend and will bring you reviews of at least two veg-friendly restaurants—both of which I’ve never been to. Looking forward to it! Have a great weekend!

Beautiful Boulder

Raspberry Cake (and don’t give away your heart . . .pan)!

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yesterday as The Husband and I were moseying through an antique shop, he asked me, “Did you get me anything for Valentine’s Day?” Having not even thought about this (card company) holiday, I truthfully answered, “Uh, no.” He suddenly looked relieved. “Good! I didn’t get you anything!” Frankly, I was relieved, too. I told him I’d bake him something. So when I got to that today I realized I no longer had my red, ceramic, heart-shaped pan anymore. I think I Goodwilled it because I never used it. I was quite disappointed, as it would have been perfect for this cake. Oh well. The sentiment is still there! This recipe is essentially the same as my muffin recipe from a year ago, but I used raspberries instead of blueberries.

1/4 C Earth Balance margarine
1/2 C apple sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1 C sugar
2 C flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 C almond milk
2 C fresh or frozen raspberries (If using frozen, thaw and drain liquid)

Crumb topping:
1/4 C sugar
1/8 C flour
3/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbs Earth Balance butter

Preheat oven to 350. Using an electric mixer, combine all the muffin ingredients, except the raspberries. Mix well. Fold in the raspberries.

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

To make the crumb topping, combine all the crumb topping ingredients in a bowl and mix well using a fork.

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Lightly grease an 8×8″ baking pan. You can also use a bundt pan, just remember to put the crumb topping on first, before pouring in the batter.

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Top with crumb topping and bake for 30-33 minutes.

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan

Let cool 5-10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Raspberry Cake -- Epicurean Vegan