Sweet and Spicy Tomato and Kidney Bean Salad

One of the best things about not eating meat is that you can make meals without having to actually cook anything. Just cut, combine and stir. Whether you're in a hurry, feeling lazy or just want that fresh crunch, a plant based diet gives you the freedom to cook without literally cooking. 

Especially as the weather gets warmer, it's convenient to just cut and combine. It's also surprisingly tasty to keep those fresh ingredients in their natural state. 

The textures and flavors are vibrant and exciting. 

A little salt, a little acid, some  fat, a spice or two and you're all set with a delicious meal. 

1 can dark red kidney beans
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 poblano pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 long hot pepper, diced
1 serrano, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbls olive oil
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 1/2 tsps crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. 

That's it. You're done. Enjoy your not so hard work.

Hot Sweet Salad

Here's a fun take on a classic salad that's packed with way more nutrients. We'll replace ordinary lettuce with some crispy cabbage. When it's in season it is quite cheap. Ah, but the real magic of this recipe is in the salad dressing. You've never had a dressing quite like this one. Sweet, spicy and rich, it turns a random batch of veggies into something desirable.

Salad Ingredients
1/4 cup shredded white cabbage
1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
1 meidum red onion diced
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1 red bell pepper matchsticked
1 cucumber thinly sliced
1/2 can sliced black olives
1/3 cup roasted almonds
3 cloves roasted garlic minced

Combine all ingredients and combine in a large bowl. Lightly toss to combine. Set aside in the fridge.

Dressing Ingredients
1/2 cup vinaigrette dressing
2 tbls roasted garlic hummus
2 tbls hot sauce
zest and juice form one lemon

Whisk together all ingredients. Let sit at least 1 hour in the fridge. Pour over salad mix. Toss to distribute over the salad. Serve immediately

Top with rinsed black beans or wasabi edamame.

Garnish with shredded pepper jack.

It's vegan if you leave off the cheese or use vegan cheese.