Simple Side Salad w/ No-Oil Vinaigrette

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Side SaladI know, I know – a salad is to a vegan what a sock is to a shoe, or what jelly means to peanut butter: totally obvious.  But don’t underestimate a good salad!  I’m often at a loss for a quick and simple side dish after I’ve spent a lot of energy and time on a main dish (and totally forgotten – until I’m nearly ready to serve – that it needs a sidekick), so it pays to have some fresh greens and various veggies in the refrigerator with which to toss together a crispy symphony of herbaceous riches.  Salads complement nearly every entree, they come together lickety-split and they’re nutritional powerhouses.

Simple Side Salad
Enough for 2

1 medium-size tomato, chopped
handful of fresh, mixed greens
8 kalamata olives, chopped
a few thin slices of red onion
fresh basil leaves, if small, leave whole; if large, coarsely chop

1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
t tsp. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. soy sauce or tamari
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
~ 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 small clove garlic, minced
dash black pepper

Whisk together dressing ingredients; set aside.  Divide the greens among two small plates and top with tomatoes, chopped basil, red onion and olives.  Drizzle with dressing.  Serve.

The dressing takes its cue from Rip Esslestyn’s dressing, which can be found in Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD.

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  1. Cathy says:

    This sounds really, really good!
    Thanks for sharing and writing such great posts. I really love reading them :)


  2. Flip's Foodie Files says:

    This looks amazing! I also love your writing style and your pictures are beautiful. Keep it up!

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