Curry Chickpea Cous Cous

We eat at Whole Foods often, and this new recipe is a copycat version of the Curry Chickpea Cous Cous from the Whole Foods salad bar.  I have several other copycat versions from the whole food salad bar.  Two of my other favorites are the carrot ginger detox salad and the kale apple salad.

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I used Israeli cous cous to keep the recipe true to the whole foods version.  I know cous cous is not gluten free, but I really do think buckwheat or quinoa could be used in place of the cous cous if you wanted to keep the recipe gluten free.  However, keep in mind that buckwheat will take longer to cook than the cous cous will.

We ate this cold like a salad, but you can most definitely warm it up if you prefer.  It’s simple to make too.

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Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Summer is not totally over yet, so I am making you a Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad. I just love salads.

Last month when I went home to Boston, my stepmom made this awesome pasta salad with mangoes, black beans, corn, pasta, cilantro and lime.  I really enjoyed it, so I decided to come home and make a twist on that recipe. I used quinoa in place of the pasta, since I am not a huge pasta fan.  I think this came out really good!

Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad - My Whole Food Life

This would be perfect for parties and it’s also very easy to make.  This Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad is vegan and gluten free. I highly recommend topping it with avocado.  So good!

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Apple Vinaigrette Dressing

I just love salads.  I could eat them everyday.  I am always trying to switch up my salad dressings to keep things fresh and new.  When we went to Disney in October, we had an amazing apple vinaigrette dressing at Boma.  That recipe inspired me to create this Apple Vinaigrette Dressing.  Unlike most salad dressing recipes, mine contains no oil.  You can also whip it up in minutes!

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You only need a small amount of ingredients to make it too.  Vegan, gluten free and paleo approved.

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Lemon Parsley and Bean Noodle Salad

Have you tried a spiralizer yet?  It’s truly life changing.  You can make so many delicious creations with veggie noodles.  In fact, this recipe comes to you from the cookbook, Nourishing Noodles – Spiralize Nearly 100 Plant Based Recipes for Zoodles, Ribbons, and Vegetable Spirals.  The book is written and photographed by Chris Anca of the blog, Tales of a Kitchen.

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Photo Credit: © 2016 text and photography by Chris Anca. First published in the United States of America in 2016 by Race Point Publishing, a member of Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc.

This book has it all.  Tips on spiralizing, breakfasts, appetizers, soups, raw entrees, and even desserts!  All of them are beautifully photographed. Some of the other recipes I am looking forward to trying are: Quick Miso Noodle Soup, Cucumber and Sprouts Thai Noodle Salad, and the Coconut Cinnamon Carrot Cakes.  For more info, or if you want to order the cookbook, click here.

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Easy Mixed Bean Salad

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market.  Thank you for supporting the brand I love.

With Memorial Day around the corner, we are definitely in cookout season.  Bean salads are a staple at every family gathering of ours.  This easy mixed bean salad is so great because it calls for simple ingredients you probably already have on hand!

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I used Sprouts brand Extra Virgin Olive oil and Sprouts brand Balsamic Vinegar. Did you know they have their own website dedicated to their private label products?

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Fresh Corn and Mango Salad

Now that the warm weather is here, I am all about salads.  This Fresh Corn and Mango Salad is so refreshing.  The recipe comes from Heather Christo’s new book Pure Delicious – More than 150 Delectable Allergen-Free Recipes.

ALL the recipes in this beautiful book contain no: gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish or cane sugar.  You may already know Heather from her blog, heatherchristo.com.   Her pictures are absolutely gorgeous and this book does not disappoint!

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My daughter has tree nut allergies, so I love that this book is full of things she can eat!  We took the corn salad to a family gathering yesterday and it was a hit.  I also added avocado, because avocado makes everything better, right?

This book is not vegan, but there are TONS of vegan options in it.  This salad would be perfect for Cinco de Mayo too!  If you are looking for more Cinco de Mayo recipes, try my Homemade Salsa or Homemade Guacamole.

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