Chopped Dinner Salad with Creamy Mock Caesar Dressing

Chopped Salad with Mock Ceasar Dressing/

This salad is a summer time staple. Adding the chickpeas makes it hearty enough for a meal in itself. Vary the veggies to your liking. The creamy Mock Caesar dressing has a “from-the sea” taste and gives this salad an added flavor dimension. Enjoy!

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East Meets West Stir-Fry

Asian Stir-Fry with Pasta/

I really enjoy asian influenced dishes. Until recently, I have never had much success, at least to my taste, with creating a tasty recipe that would bring out the subtle nuances and delicate flavors that are prevalent in asian cooking. But then I took a FOK Plant-Based Cooking Certification class and there it was : a wild rice recipe with just the perfect dressing/ sauce to marry in the right flavors.  I knew, I was on my way, the rest was simple. Just a few fresh ingredients and that’s how I created the following dish. Enjoy!

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Asian Dressing

Makes approx. 1/3 cup

Prep time: 5 minutes  (need fruit paste)     Cook time: 0


3 Tbsp brown rice vinegar

1-2  tsp. miso

1 1/2 Tbsp date paste or  maple syrup

1 Tbsp low-sodium tamari

1 tsp sambek olek, or other chile paste of choice

1 ½ Tbsp of fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced


In a small bowl , whisk together all ingredients until smooth


Use this dressing on a stir-fry, asian buddha bowl or as a dipping sauce.

I prefer the date paste to the maple syrup.  It is a little more work upfront, but it makes for a creamy, whole-food sweetener, that can be used for other dressings, on oatmeal, soups and desserts.

Date Paste


½ cup of dates, pitted

1 cup of water (or more as needed)


  • Soak the fruit for 1-2 hours. If you start with very soft dates, you may only need to soak for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Drain off the water and add to a high speed blender.
  • Add just enough water to help blend the dates. Start on low to break up the fruit and then increase speed.


 This mixture will keep for over a week in the refrigerator. Alternatively, it can be frozen for several months. It will not freeze solid, which makes it great for scooping out just what you need.

Other fruit like dried mango or apricot make a great fruit paste as well.


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