Date Walnut Vinaigrette Salad Dressing (Oil Free)

Date Walnut Vinaigrette PinThis oil-free Date Walnut Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe is rich and delicious! Most vinaigrettes have oil, but since we’re oil-free plant-based eaters, we used walnuts as the (truly) healthy fat. The dates give it a little sweetness and the balsamic gives it a little tanginess.

Many of the phytonutrients in dark leafy greens and other vegetables are fat soluble, which means you need some healthy fats in your digestive tract at the same time as the veggies to allow your body to extract the most nutrients.

A lot of people still think oil is a healthy fat, but it comes with a lot of extra baggage and lacks all the fiber and many of the beneficial nutrients that come in the whole-food form. Oil is essentially a refined fat that may have some healthy ingredients, but it’s packaged along with several unhealthy ones. It’s far healthier to get your healthy fats from whole foods like nuts, seeds and avocados instead of processed foods like oil.

Date Walnut Vinaigrette

Using 3/4 cup of water in this recipe yields a pretty creamy salad dressing. You can make it even thicker by cutting back to 1/2 cup water, or you can thin it out by using a full cup. It really depends on your own personal preferences.

You can put this delicious Date Walnut Vinaigrette dressing on most of your favorite salads, including our Easy Garden Salad, Spinach Salad or Hearty Side Salad.

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Sweet Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Dates, Beets & Pomegranate

Sweet Quinoa SaladThis Sweet Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Dates, Beets and Pomegranate lives up to it’s name. It’s very sweet with the natural sugars from the fruit and beets, but the quinoa loads it up with 8 grams of protein per serving.

Amelia and I love colorful dishes, and they don’t get much more colorful than this one! It’s great as a side salad with your Vegan Black Bean Burgers or as a stand-alone lunch dish.

If you take this to work for lunch, your co-workers are guaranteed to take notice! They’ll wonder what the crazy vegan is eating now with a subconscious feeling that they’re missing out! Print out the recipe and take it with you so you can just hand it to them without saying a word!

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothieThis Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe will make you think it’s a delicious dessert. It’s rich and creamy, but packed full of nutrients.

Bananas are a great source of potassium, but they’re also a great source of complex carbs, and the dates are too. Those complex carbs will help you power through your next workout and the peanut butter slows down the absorption so you get a nice and steady burn.

If you make this smoothie ahead of time, you can take it to work with you for lunch. And if you add a little spinach to it, you won’t taste it but it’ll add extra nutrients and the green hue will keep the refrigerator poachers at bay.

You’ll need to freeze your bananas ahead of time, but be sure to peel them first. It’s not easy to peel a frozen banana…

You can make this peanut butter banana smoothie raw by using fresh ground peanut butter and homemade almond milk.

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Date Energy Balls

Date Energy BallsThese Date Energy Balls are a tasty pre-workout energy snack with both protein and healthy carbs to fuel your exercise routine. And they only take a few minutes to make with your food processor.

We used dried blueberries that we had on hand from Sam’s Club, but you can use your favorite type of dried fruit. Just make sure it’s dried, not fresh. The pitted dates provide all the moisture this recipe needs and the dried fruit provides the stickiness that binds it together.

These Date Energy Balls pack 153 calories per ball, so don’t sit on the sofa and pop them in your mouth like candy. They’re meant as a pre-workout snack. Eat them about 20 minutes before your workout to get the maximum energy boost.

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