Quinoa salads are a basic food for me because Quinoa is a great plant-based protein source, and it's gluten-free. Beets are kind of a polarizing food. At first bite, the experience is usually either, "Oh yum!" or "Oh yuck!" And beet juice makes everything look like a bloody mess, which for me is actually cool because I like to use the juice to make dishes a deep red color.
This is how I throw down Mexican appies. That's right, it's plant nachos with soyrizo completely vegan and gluten-free inspired by Thug Kitchen's post about Roasted Strawberry Salad. Oh yes, that gooey melted cheese you see on the nachos is vegan. I call it Vegveeta because it kinda looks like and has the consistency of Velveeta minus all the artificial crap.
But before I get to the recipe....
Doesn't cauliflower all of a sudden look more exciting in these cool colors? I especially dig the purple cauliflower because we all know how I love purple food. I saw these fun creatures at the farmers market in Moraga yesterday. Jazz up your platter with some colorful cauliflower!
One of the trends I've been noticing in the farmers markets in the Bay Area are flowering vegetables and herbs like blossoming purple kale.
This is flowering chives and I think they are so pretty, almost too pretty to eat. The flowers are a bit sweeter and really do make a salad not only tasty but again, pretty. Definitely use flowering chives as a garnish.