The Big Vegan Salad
I don’t know if you watched Seinfeld, I was just a kid myself when they were actually airing new episodes, but they had this running joke about “the big salad”. If it was “the big salad”, it totally counted as a meal. I really have no idea what was in their pretend salad, but I’m guessing it at least had heaps of shredded cheese, so here’s the the big vegan salad! Mine is loaded with chopped romaine, cauliflower, carrots, pecans, apples, dried cranberries, and spicy gingered chickpeas.
The husband used the last of the salad dressing and I knew if I got up from the table for long enough to whip up even the simplest oil and vinegar combination the boys would be done eating, so I just left it naked. It was delicious- so full of life and energy! I love ginger chickpeas because they have so much flavor, but don’t completely take over the dish. I found these in packets at Costco (I’ve also seen them at Whole Foods), but I’m sure you could find a recipe online if you’re working from your own pantry.
The best thing about the big salad is you can really make sure none of your produce goes to waste by tossing together everything in the fridge that doesn’t have another predetermined purpose. They’re quick, filling, and I don’t know about you, but I always feel amazing after eating a giant, fresh, mostly raw salad! So don’t be ashamed to be one of those salad-loving-vegans! Not too many other meals can boast so much color and nutritional diversity.
What’s in your dream “big salad”?