Shana Paluba

8 Tasty Vegan Salad Dressings

Vegan ranch dressing with raw veggies

If you’re a fan of salads, you’ll love this handy ways to make them even better with dressings that are dairy-free, full of flavor, and in many cases, low in fat. Best of all, you can make them at home in minutes. And if almost goes without saying that they’re more economical than store-bought dressing. First up, Vegan Ranch Dressing, above, is one that’s almost impossible to find ready-made in a dairy-free vegan version. As a dip, this is great with raw veggies; as a dressing, use on green salads, slaws, pasta salads, and potato salads. more→

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How to Cut a Fresh Pineapple

How to cut fresh pineapple

Don’t be intimidated by fresh pineapples! They might look daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to cut, and so amazing to eat. Time was when fresh pineapple was mainly a winter fruit, but like a lot of produce it is now available year-round. Pineapple still seems more fitting to augment the dearth of fruit choices in the winter, but it’s still welcome in the summer, when it brightens fruit salads, and is delicious grilled! One you get the hang of this, you’ll want to explore our array of Pineapple Recipes — Sweet and Savory. Let’s get started …

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8 Delicious Vegan Entreés Featuring Peanut Butter

Asian Peanut-Sesame Noodles Recipe

Everything tastes better with peanut butter! Except, of course, for those with peanut allergies. Luscious and high in protein, peanut butter isn’t only for PBJ sandwiches or desserts (though it’s awesome in both — see our listing of sweet treats using it) Here are 7 tasty ways to use it in vegan main dishes. First off, here’s an easy rendition of Cold Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles (above), with a dollop of tahini and a dash of spice. Delicious as a summer dinner served with an easy tofu dish and a simple salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil. more→

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8 Vegan Treats Featuring Peanut Butter and Chocolate

Peanut Butter Bars from Isa Moskowitz from Post Punk Kitchen

It’s hard to think of a more compatible duo of flavors for desserts than peanut butter and chocolate. This array of recipes from a number of vegan foodies and chefs is proof positive of universal agreement on this topic! Above, Isa Moskowitz’s Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars a perfect for a lunch box treat, a picnic, or hey, since there’s cereal and oatmeal in there, why not breakfast? They’re so easy and so much yummier than packaged granola bars that there’s no reason not to give ‘em a go. more→

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6 Tasty Recipes Combining Fresh Summer Tomatoes and Corn

Tomato and corn salad

July and August are the best months to enjoy fresh summer tomatoes and corn —and combining the two in simple, tasty dishes is a great way to double the pleasure. Tip — if you’re concerned with GMO corn, just make sure to buy it organic and you’re on the safe side. Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad (above) is a pleasing combination of two of summer’s premier bumper crops makes for a delightful mid-to late-summer salad. more→

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Spice up Your Life with 7 Sriracha-Spiked Dishes

EDAMAME-SRIRACHA SUCCOTASH randy clemens

Everyone who likes a bit of spice to their food is hooked on sriracha sauce these days. Here are seven brilliant ways to use it. While succotash is usually served warm, Randy Clemens’ Edamame Sriracha Succotash, above, is fantastic served cold as a refreshing (and spicy!) salad from summer through late fall. more→

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How to Make Vegan Parmesan-Style Cheez

Raw zucchini noodles

Commercially prepared vegan Parmesan topping is OK, but homemade is better! Here’s a delicious, nutritious nut-based dairy-free topping you can make in minutes. more→

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Recipes to Keep You Cool as a Cucumber

Vegan Cucumber Soup

Do cucumbers really cool you down? As a veggie that’s more than 90% water (and with practically no calories), at the very least, they’ll keep you well hydrated. Here are some of our favorite recipes for enjoying them this summer. When temperatures hit tropical levels, turn Cool as a Cucumber Soup — an easy, no-cook soup featuring cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs in a refreshing base. more→

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