June 26, 2012

Confessions of a Salad Hater

I'm a vegan and I never eat salad. 

Is that how a vegan 12-step program might start off? Because it's true. When I was in Wilmington recently, the guys we were with kept insisting that we should go to a pub-style restaurant because we could "definitely" find a salad there. (Cue eye roll.)

Um, dude? Do I look like I only eat salad? Didn't think so. 

Plus, while I love wasting spending money, I'm really not into throwing down $12 for some wilted cucumbers and tomatoes while I watch everyone around me pound burgers. Sick. 

But now it's summer. The last thing I want to do is stand in front of any sort of heat source, whether it be a microwave or oven. (I would make an exception for Sean on The Bachelorette.

Also? That whole Jillian Micheals thing hasn't exactly made me into the svelte supermodel I just know is waiting underneath all of my fat padding. (Apparently you have to do more than look at the DVD cover for it to work. I-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g.)

So here I am, making salad. 

Except salads made by vegans aren't for the faint of heart. They have protein. They have flavor. They have (gasp!) fat. And they? Are delicious. 

Case in point: while staying with my friend Jess this week, I offered to make dinner with everything I'd brought from my fridge a carefully thought-out gourmet menu.

The result:


Wilted veggies this is not. In fact, we may have stuffed ourselves until phrases like "I think I might barf" came out of our mouths. (I mean that in the best way possible.) Leave out the lettuce and you have an awesome dip for tortilla chips. Please inform all new people you meet that this is the high standard you hold for salads.

Mango & Black Bean Salad
6 cups mixed greens
2 mangos, peeled and chopped
2 avocados, chopped
1 cucumber, sliced into half-moons
1 zucchini, sliced into half-moons
1 small red onion, sliced into strips
1/2 cup green onions, diced
2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
(You could also add corn to this but I forgot my can at home. Woops.)

Cucumber-Cilantro Jalapeno Dressing
Follow recipe for Cucumber-Lime-Cilantro Dressing, only add 1 chopped jalapeno to the food processor. (Leave the seeds for extra heat.)

I hope I don't really have to tell y'all to combine the salad ingredients in a bowl and top with dressing. (Though store them separately to avoid dreaded sogginess.)

Serves 6 (or 3 if you go back for seconds. Which you will.)

Cheers, y'all!


  1. that salad is beautiful! i love all the colors -- and that dressing sounds delicious! mmmm :)

  2. Thank you! The dressing could honestly be a dip unto itself. I have to confess I probably ate a half a bag of tortilla chips (for "taste testing") while making this! Whoops.

  3. This sounds absolutely delicious.. I should definitely stop looking at recipes right now because this is about the fifteenth I`d like to make immediately.. O: I definitely need two extra stomachs (three would`t be too bad either ;PP) to have enough place for all this amazing stuff.. 
    P.S.: The dressing DOES sound like an amazing dip ^^ and the tortilla chips must`ve been great with it ;p

  4.  No KEEP looking at recipes...especially on The Preppy Vegan :)

    Tortilla chips are my weakness! Sometimes I think I could literally eat 1000.

  5. It WAS delicious! It was the most wonderful, filling salad that I have perhaps ever eaten and I love your blog! :D

  6. Have you lost a lot of weight, at least initially from going vegan? Do you notice you have more energy from eating natural or are you ever struck by fatigue from lack of protein?  Tried going vegetarian once but was exhausted all the time.

    Thanks so much! 

  7. I didn't even pay her to say that, y'all! Thanks for giving the omnivore's perspective, T!

  8. You've asked SO many awesome questions. Going to re-post this as a blog post so that I can answer the questions in a way they deserve!

  9. Deeelish! I betcha you don't "hate" salads any more after eating this deliciousness!

  10. Erin @ www.erinmotz.comJune 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    So funny! I'm not vegan but there's something about salad that seems tedious to make! All the washing, chopping... I'd rather take the time to prep a full-on meal, too! This one looks tasty though ;)

  11. I agree about salads in general. A lot of work and then three bites of lettuce and some wilted cucumbers? No thanks. Hence why I like to pile on a LOT of goodies to motivate me to eat better!

  12. Totally! Basically, add avocado to anything and I'll eat it. 


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