Meatless Monday: Cranberry Soy Curl Salad

by JL Fields on November 24, 2014

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Yesterday in my weekly vegan news you can use post I shared links to vegan recipe ideas and today on About.com, Allyson Kramer shares Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes to Impress Your Guest (including my seitan recipe as a vegan roast alternative!).

I spent my Saturday afternoon at NOOCH Vegan Market in Denver sharing simple vegan holiday cooking ideas.

Josh and JL at Nooch

Here I am with one of my dearest friends: Joshua Labure, co-founder and co-owner of NOOCH.

For the demo I made a Field Roast Celebration Roast in the pressure cooker, over a pile of onion, garlic, potatoes and carrots, in just 8 minutes! I mashed the root vegetables in the cooking broth and a splash of almond milk. I simmered Pacific mushroom gravy and spooned it over the samples of roast and potatoes.  The gravy is good on its own, but may I offer a suggestion? I would start by caramelizing onion in a saucepan – then add about a cup of chopped or sliced shitaki or cremini mushrooms for a quick saute before adding the packaged gravy to the pan. Best of both worlds: fresh foods + convenience food! I loved talking about how quick and easy it is to prepare veganized versions of holiday favorites.

But the star of the demo was this Cranberry Soy Curl Salad.

Cranberry Soy Curl Salad

Talk about quick and easy: eight ingredients and no cooking! My kind of recipe, right?

Most who sampled it during the demo had never tried soy curls before and were pleasantly surprised by the texture – meaty and moist – and loved the simplicity of flavors. I suggested this as the dish to take when you’re the sole vegan on Thanksgiving or at any holiday celebration involving food. It’s a great side dish but if you find yourself seeking out a heartier, protein-packed dish on a table filled with animal product-laced foods, have this as your entrée! Simply add it to a salad filled with leaving greens. And the day after Thanksgiving, wrap it up on a whole wheat tortilla or serve on toasted bread for a healthy and compassionate alternative to traditional leftovers!

I hope you love this simple soy curl salad recipe!  [click to continue…]

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