Cool Down With These Raw Meals (That Aren’t Salad!)

mbg Contributor By Leah Vanderveldt
mbg Contributor
Leah Vanderveldt is an author living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in communications and media from Fordham University, and is certified in culinary nutrition from the Natural Gourmet Institute. She is the author of two cookbooks: The New Nourishing and The New Porridge.

There's no better time than summer to skip the stove in favor of raw foods. While a great salad can be a nutritious and filling meal, we thought we'd share a few ideas to get you thinking outside the salad bowl.

Raw Nori + Rice Paper Wraps With Dipping Sauces

Looking for a light, raw but satisfying lunch to add to your repertoire? These nori and rice paper veggie rolls are the perfect solution.

Raw Pad Thai

A pad thai made with iodine-rich kelp noodles and a sauce that's deeply enriched with tamarind paste (a specialty ingredient that can be found at any Asian market, or through online retailers) will bring an explosion of flavor AND nutrition to your next meal.

Raw Pasta Primavera

Mmm, rich and creamy pasta primavera. Sounds complicated, right? Not at all! This gourmet recipe is both simple and scrumptious. You need only a blender and preferably a spiralizer (but you don’t really need one, you can make your noodles with a veggie peeler).

Raw Falafel With Tangy Tahini Sauce

Once you make the falafel, you can use them in pita, pile them onto romaine leaves, put them on your salads, or snack on them as they are.

This is one of those recipes where there’s little difference between the dehydrator version and the baked version (unless you're strict about being totally raw), so no need to fear if you don’t have a dehydrator at home!

Raw Vegan Cheese Board

OK, maybe this one is cheating, but you could easily turn a beautiful cheese plate into a meal. Learn how to make, buy and arrange the perfect vegan cheese board — it's an easy, quick way to entertain, even if you're only entertaining for one.

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