Mexindian Summer Salad

While I love to cook, the summer heat causes me to avoid using the the stove and oven as much as possible. Instead, I opt for fresh produce that I can chop and mix without applying heat. This isn't too difficult when you cook with mostly beans and vegetables.

This one has a really nice sauce that has two of my favorite spices: paprika and turmeric. I love this combination. It's a really accessible way to quickly introduce heaps of flavor and depth. Especially if you're not that comfortable with combining a lot of spices. This simplifies it, but still keeps it interesting. 

It's easy to put together too. Just combine all ingredients and let rest in the fridge overnight. This allows time for the tomatoes to release their juices, the acid to wake up the spices and the starches from the beans to thicken the sauce. 

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Vegan Salad Dressing

Here is an easy vegan salad dressing packed full of nutrients thanks to nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast is one of my favorite food toppings. It goes great with most everything. It has a pungent cheesy type flavor that integrates well with tomato sauces, sandwiches and soups.

But my favorite use for it by far is as a salad dressing. Your salad can be any kind of salad. Romaine, cabbage, iceberg, pasta or just a combo of vegetables of any sort.

Just sprinkle the yeast generously on top of your salad. Then douse with your favorite vinegar. White wine, red, balsamic. Any will be great. Drizzle with a little olive if you prefer. then a few sprinkles of salt and pepper. Toss or stir and enjoy. The yeast and vinegar combine to make a great vegan dressing that compliments so many different kinds of salads and other dishes as well. Use on rice, risotto, sandwiches. Anywhere you need an extra punch of flavor.

Alternatively you can make the dressing in a separate bowl and have other flavor enhancement options.

Add spicy mustard. Lime or lemon juice. Soy sauce. Maybe some garlic powder. Go wild with your favorite flavors. Whisk to combine. Drizzle over anything that needs a zesty zip of flavor.