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Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

I’m so happy to have Rika from vegan miam on the blog, here today! It’s not her first rodeo, and I’m so glad that she has joined us again. This jicama salad looks like the perfect segway into Spring from Winter and is insanely refreshing. After taking a look at this beautiful dish, make sure to check out the awesome food and travel photos over on her site! :)

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Bonjour my lovely Vegan Yack Attack readers!!! First off, a massive thanks to beautiful Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack for inviting me to be today’s guest blogger. Her amazing vegan food blog makes me (aka culinary adventurer) crave her food more, and subsequently eat more of it whilst traveling. In January of 2013, I wrote my first guest post for her blog about vegan & raw eats in Phuket, Thailand. So this is my second guest post for Vegan Yack Attack!

For those of you who don’t know me or my blog, let me give you a quick explanation of who I am. I’m Rika, I run a vegan food and travel blog vegan miam, with my photographer and partner Doni, covering vegan food, products, recipes, air travel and eateries around the world. In late 2011, I initially started my blog to share our experiences as vegan travelers but quickly found that our experiences abroad motivated us to craft dishes inspired by our travels. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing food back, both figuratively and literally, from our travels. While traveling, Doni and I love to craft local dishes using locally sourced ingredients but we also enjoy bringing concepts and dishes back from our travels to veganize at home. Please check out our travel schedule to see our current location.

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Prior to heading down South to Mexico City (DF), the lovely people at Frieda’s Inc. sent me a few of their January specialty items including dried bird’s-eye chili. Just in time to get me in the mood for DF, they included a massive Jicama – and Jicama reminds me of all the fresh, bright, raw vegetable dishes we loved on our first trip to DF two years ago. We love Jicama raw, thinly sliced or julienned in salads and slaws or atop a taco.

Jicama (pronounced ‘hee-ka-ma’) is a popular root vegetable in Mexico and eaten as a raw snack with chili and lime (con chile y limón). According to Frieda’s Inc., Jicama can be substituted for fresh water chestnuts. Underneath the fibrous exterior, Jicama is wonderfully crunchy and juicy. While mild in actual flavor – it is earthy with a faint sweetness – Jicama absorbs dressings especially well, making it a great component for salads.

Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime VinaigretteSelection + Storage:
Look for firm, smooth, roots. The skin often has a scarred or scabby appearance, but does not affect flavor. Do not refrigerate Jicama before using. Whole, uncut Jicama should be stored like a potato – in a cool, dry, dark place. Once cut, wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 1 week. Learn more about Jicama here.

Explore this brilliant delicacy in a healthy way with this Jicama, Avocado and Radish Salad with Lime Vinaigrette. This recipe incorporates julienned Jicama, earthy and peppery sliced radishes, creamy diced avocado, chopped cilantro and of course, the roasted and ground dried Bird’s-eye chili. Top it off with a tangy lime vinaigrette. Simply serve the salad atop taco or eat on its own!

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Kale Salad with Orange, Fennel & Black Olives

For my second guest blogger of January, I give you, Gena Hamshaw of Choosing Raw! *The crowd goes wild!* Gena is a smart, kind, and down-to-earth lady who happens to be a fantastic vegan blogger. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the classes she was on the panel for at VVC last year, but unfortunately wasn’t able to formally meet her. She brings a healthy, yet well-rounded, perspective to vegan dishes and has decided to share this gorgeous salad, with us!

Kale Orange Fennel Olive Salad

It’s January, which means that everybody is talking about salad. As someone who considers salad to be her all time favorite food, I’m of course never disappointed to see it getting the culinary attention it so richly deserves. But I do think it’s a shame that salads are so often associated, at least during resolution season, with words like“skinny,” “slim down,” “cleanse,” or “diet.”

Kale Orange Fennel Olive Salad

Sure, salads are healthy. And depending on how you prepare them, they can also help to lighten things up after all of the holiday indulgence. But salads don’t have to feel ascetic. In fact, I think they can be one of the most satisfying plant-powered meals out there, offering us endless texture, variety, and flavor. Love crunch? Add some toasted chickpeas, some nuts or seeds, or some crumbled crackers of your choosing. Got a sweet tooth? Pile your salads high with sweet roasted root vegetables, candied pecans, or dried fruit. Craving protein? Sear some tempeh or tofu cubes and add them to your bowl, or smother your salad in a creamy hempseed dressing. We all know that salads are lovely vehicles for leafy greens. But they can satisfy you in ways that go far beyond the requisite health benefits, too.

Kale Orange Olive Salad

I love this salad for a lot of reasons. First, it shows off the beauty of raw kale, which is a delightfully hardy salad base. Kale salad is one of the few that will keep overnight, so you can make a bunch and enjoy leftovers for days. It’s also got tons of texture, fiber, and nutrition.

Second, this salad feels, for lack of a better word, gourmet. Pitted black olives add wonderful saltiness and umami, while orange adds sweetness and a touch of acid. Fennel, an oft-neglected winter produce star, adds crunch and freshness to the meal. Taken together, this salad is intensely flavorful, varied and interesting enough to please anyone. Even a salad skeptic. Here’s how to make it.

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Fruity Roasted Fennel Salad

After a fun-filled weekend, I’m back. Yes, it may be Monday, but I have a recipe that is über colorful and really, just makes me smile when I look at it. Before I get to that, let me tell you about some of the new and cool things that I experienced the past couple of days. Warning: this post has lots o’ drool-worthy pictures, so get a napkin ready. ;)

DTLA // Mohawk Bend

Friday was awesome because the weather was beautiful and I finally got to get lunch with Lindsay of Happy Herbivore. It was great chatting about her Light & Fit book coming out later this year (which as some of you know, I took food photos for) and us working together on her next book. We ate at Mohawk Bend, where I had the Hearts of Palm Sliders and we shared the vegan S’mores dessert, yum!

My Tote!

There was crafting to be done, on Saturday! I was invited by the radical Joni, to attend Crafty Commune at her sister’s new boutique in Long Beach. What was awesome about this event is that Kristen (the owner of Fox & Moon Clothing) provided handmade totes and things to decorate them with, afterward she put them in her shop to sell and when they do 100% of the proceeds are going to a local charity.

Chef Dave // Coffee // Maddy Mac // Molly describing the Gelato

After that, I made a mad dash for West LA to have an extremely tasty dinner and dessert with my friend Kedar. We met up at the new Maddy’s on Pico, with a fully vegan menu from Chef Dave Anderson (of Madeleine Bistro). I got to meet him and Molly, who were both extremely nice and helpful, plus enjoy the Big Maddy Mac (a fancier, vegan Big Mac) and a sampler plate of ALL OF THE GELATO FLAVORS. That’s 11 flavors of vegan gelato, people. They haven’t had their grand opening yet, but I seriously recommend heading over there.

Of course, Sunday was Father’s day which started off with a Bloody Mary for my dad. I told you it was a tradition! We spent the day outside, doing random yard work, cooking, but mostly relaxing. I checked up on my super-late-in-the-season seedlings, and so far I have some corn stalks, some watermelon seedlings, dill, plus some others that I’m hoping will sprout soon. :)

Now, it’s Monday, and there is work to be done! So, I have for you an easy and refreshing recipe that is great for a weeknight dinner, or even a lunch prepared the night before. This salad has fresh fruits, balsamic roasted fennel, peppery arugula and a strawberry citrus vinaigrette. Tantalizing, no?

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Refreshing Watermelon Tomato Salad

The weather earlier this week was insane! You want to talk about a scorcher?  I thought that I was back working Coachella! Thank goodness I could jump in a pool to cool off. ;) I wish that I had this salad to cool me down from the inside out, though.

I was inspired by a salad that I had years ago, with watermelon, tomato, mint, and feta, plus some vegetarian roe for a salty kick. This one is slightly different, with creamy pine nuts changing up the texture, and a combination of mint and basil to make it interesting (and pretty!).

The best part about this salad is that it comes together in mere minutes. If you chill the tomato and watermelon before assembly it works out even better. This is the perfect side for a summer party, BBQ or as a light snack. Throw a little white balsamic vinegar on there and call it a day!

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