Instead of salad dressing (and a nut burger recipe)

Monday, March 29, 2010

I'm not crazy about salad dressing. I know that might sound odd coming from a vegetarian whose diet, some believe, is mostly salad (that, by the way, couldn't be further from the truth!). There are a few dressings that I like but I prefer to top my salads with ingredients that add value instead of just flavor. The contents of my salads vary quite a bit, but here are some of my favorite toppings (including a few recipe links):

  1. Hummus
  2. Guacamole
  3. Chickpea salad
  4. French green or black/beluga lentil salad
  5. Quinoa salad
  6. Raw nut burger
This burger recipe was inspired by Brendan Brazier's Thrive Diet. If you enjoy it, you can get creative by substituting different nuts, seeds, seasonings, etc. to create different kinds of nut burgers.

Raw Nut Burger
Serves 2-3
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw walnuts
2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
2 Tbsp hemp seeds
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
2 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 medium carrot
1 garlic clove
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Several leaves of fresh basil
Dash of sea salt

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended and starting to clump together.
You can crumble this over your salad, form it into patties and eat raw in a wrap, or cook and eat the patties as a burger (fry until lightly brown on both sides or bake at 300° for about 15-20 minutes (flip mid-way).

Did you know...? Nuts and seeds contain monounsaturated fat. This good fat helps to raise your "good cholesterol" and improve your overall cholesterol ratio (HDL to LDL). Nuts and seeds are also a great source of protein, iron, and vitamin E.

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