Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad with Mushrooms and Almonds

by tastyyummies

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad with Mushrooms and Almonds

Hey guys – I apologize for the lack of recipes right now, but I have had my head buried in work while we get ready for SXSW and the Flatstock Rock Poster Convention in Austin, Texas. We leave next Saturday for the long and fun road trip down there and we will be on the road for a total of 11 days. Many of you probably recall me talking about it last year at this time, it is such an enjoyable excursion that comes at the perfect time of year for us. We get to see so many of our wonderful and talented friends from all over the world, we eat lots of delicious Mexican food, plus some of the best BBQ food you will ever have, oh and we get to sell all of our handmade goods and wares to music fans from all over the world for 4 days! Plus, did I meantion it is usually somewhere in the 80s, with the sun shining every day. Ahhh, see it couldn’t come at a better time, it is the perfect break at the end of a dreary, grey and cold Buffalo winter. The only thing I dislike about this trip is how much time I am away from my own kitchen, the comforts of my own homemade foods and my daily yoga practice. In an effort to circumvent the lack of these daily comforts, I plan to pack a cooler full of my homemade Kombucha and some tasty snacks for the road trip down and I will most definitely have my yoga mat rolled up in a corner of the car somewhere so I can squeeze in some practice and meditation each day of the trip.

I plan to get a couple more recipes up here before I leave and if I can pull it together, I plan to get some guest posts together from some of my favorite bloggers! It is funny, this is the first trip I have taken that I am actually feeling weird about the lack of posting on here while I am away. I think because I am finally getting a really decent amount of visits each day, I don’t want people to get bummed when they stop by and nothing new has been added. Yup, my blogging obsession is officially official, I don’t wanna leave Tasty Yummies the way I don’t wanna leave my pets! haha

Anyhow, this recipe is one that I have been sitting on for a few days and I finally made time tonight to get the photos edited and the recipe fully written up. This salad is my take on a salad I had recently at local food shop/deli/cafe, Globe Market. They are located on Elmwood, literally right at the front door of my yoga studio, East Meets West Yoga. Though I rarely grab food after yoga, since I just head home and eat something light, I stopped in there one day after yoga, about two weeks ago to grab a quick gluten-free hummus and veggie sandwich before heading to a meeting. When he found out I was stopping there, Mark asked me to grab a serving or two of one of their delicious-looking side salads, for him to eat alongside sandwiches at lunch at home during the week. I opted for a creamy raw broccoli salad with red onions, bacon and almonds. That sounded just up his alley, healthy enough with some naughty stuff, too. Mark loved it, but truthfully I ate most of it. I couldn’t help it, it was so tasty, it was perfectly simple. It wasn’t even the bacon that got me, it was the delicious dressing and the combination of all of the ingredients.

So, I decided that it was a simple enough salad that I could make my own version at home, but with a Tasty Yummies twist. I wanted to make it vegan. I was determined to make it just as delicious without the bacon and with a delicious egg-free and dairy-free creamy dresssing. So I bought some Grapeseed Veganaise from Follow Your Heart, to make the dressing creamy and I went from there. I was honestly surprised that I pulled it off and was even happier with my own version that the bacon containing version from Globe. I decided to use shallots instead of red onions for a bit milder of a flavor and I added in some mushroom slices that I had on hand. This salad has been the perfect side dish with so many different lunches and dinner. I made sure to make a large enough batch that we could eat it throughout the week.

If you aren’t crazy about totally raw broccoli, feel free to blanch or steam yours for about 3-5 minutes. I love raw broccoli, myself, though I should probably consider steaming it to take down on the :ahem: gassy after-effects (sorry TMI, but it’s the truth)!

If you aren’t vegan, you can use your favorite mayonnaise and you could even consider adding in some crispy bacon crumbles. It really is quite complimentary.

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Salad with Mushrooms and Almonds

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1 Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free February 29, 2012 at 8:43 am

Good luck good luck good luck with your trip!!! HAVE FUN!!!! (I know you will with all this broccoli you’ve been eatin’ ;) )

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2 tastyyummies February 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Thanks so much! I really love this trip lots. It’s always a good time! I am sure if I keep it up with the broccoli though, my husband will make me walk there ;)

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3 erin February 29, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Looks delicious! And, I’d bet if you added a few drops of liquid smoke to the dressing it might even taste a little “bacony” :-) Safe travels down to Austin! I hate to say it…but it was all rainy and gross here today. I’ll still take 78 and rainy over “brrrrr” and rainy any day though!

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4 tastyyummies February 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Erin the liquid smoke idea is absolutely BRILLIANT. I love it. Thanks so much for the idea.
Bummer to hear it was rainy there today, but you are right, definitely better than the cold and rainy junk we had here. It’s been a milder winter, but still winter and still cold. I miss the sunshine so much right now. Do you hang out and do any of the fun SXSW stuff or do you get out of town like many Austinites do during SXSW?

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5 erin March 1, 2012 at 9:40 am

I tend to try and avoid the crowds…but would love to peruse your wares! SXSW to me means too many people honing in on my Saturday morning greenbelt hike to Taco Deli (on Spyglass). A place you should totally try by the way. :-) In fact, here’s one of my standard orders: 1 Heather on corn, 1 Portabello Fundito on corn, copious amounts of Dona salsa.

Sure wish I’d gotten a bag of broccoli in my CSA box this week…looking forward to trying your salad!

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6 tastyyummies March 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

Yeh it is definitely a crazy time in Austin. I can’t even imagine living there and feeling like you are stuck at home :) We will be in the convention center from Wednesday March 14 – Saturday March 17. You should definitely swing by, you would absolutely love it. So much to look at. Thanks for the suggestion, I have never heard of Taco Deli. Any other places that you recommend trying out? We always make the drive over to Juan in a Million for delicious breakfasts! That’s a must! And our good friend owns Frank (the hot dog place), so we definitely make time to go there, too. Oh, and of course, the Salt Lick. Hubby wouldn’t be happy if we didn’t get there at least once.

Since we actually don’t get much time to see music, as we are working most of the time we are there, hubby and I, and most of our friends, don’t get badges or passes – we just hang out together, eat delicious food and enjoy the weather. So any recommendations you have will definitely fall on open and waiting ears (or eyes for that matter)! So thanks again!

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7 erin March 1, 2012 at 9:47 am

Sorry to co opt your post, but had to send my knock-off recipe for the salsa I mentioned!
http://whatscookinerndog.blogspot.com/2011/08/green-gold-erins-wannabe-taco-delis.html

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8 tastyyummies March 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

No way – no need to apologize at all. I love it :) I am super excited to check out your blog too, this salsa looks so different and delicious. Thanks again.

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9 Amber March 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Thank you for sharing your recipe on AFW! Be sure to check back next week for reader favorites and hostess picks.

Be Well,
–AFW Hostesses

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