Lucy's Cruelty-Free Beauty and Living: Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad

Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad

Friday, June 17, 2016

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Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad with Tessemae's Green Goddess Dressing

I want to say that summer is my favorite time of year, but I think I say that about every season!  Keep in mind in South Florida we really only have two seasons (hot & hotter) so that doesn't say much...LOL!  I happen to love the summer time, because the kids are out of school, we can kick back and head to the beach (only 7 miles away) or take a dip in the pool while my husband grills.  This year is extra special since we just bought our own boat:)  For our maiden voyage to the sandbar, I wanted to create an easy vegan salad that was refreshing and called upon the tropical goddess to impart flavor.  Keep reading to get this yummy recipe!

Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad Ingredients

Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad


Ingredients

  • 16 oz vegan shells pasta (cooked as directed, drained, and allowed to cool)
    • Keep in mind, most box pastas are vegan so you just want to double check on the brand you prefer
  • 10 oz Tessemae's Organic Green Goddess Dressing (entire bottle)
  • 1 Haas avocado (cubed)
  • 1/4 red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 each red, yellow, & orange baby bell pepper (chopped)
    • You can always substitute one large pepper of your choice...I happen to love the baby bell peppers and find them to have a sweeter flavor
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted & unsalted cashews (chopped)
  • 1 mango (cubed)
  • 12-16 oz pineapple (cubed)
    • I like fresh pineapple (not canned) so I buy the already cubed container in the produce area of my local supermarket

The best part is I can find all of these summer inspired ingredients at my local Publix or Whole Foods Market.  Thank you Tropical Goddess 


Directions: Combine all ingredients in a big bowl, serve, & enjoy!

*** I would recommend serving this salad immediately as the avocado & mango are prone to breaking down and becoming a bit mushy...If you are looking for something to make a day ahead, I would omit those and double up on pineapple and maybe add a crunchy pear or even cucumber!

*** For a creamy variation, combine the Tessemae's Organic Green Goddess Dressing with a vegan mayonnaise prior to combining all ingredients.  Start small and add little by little until desired level of delicious creaminess is achieved 😏

Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad Close Up

This pasta salad was super convenient to take out on the sandbar!  Along with some sandwich fixings, fresh fruit, water, and Bloody Mary cocktails (for me of course), I was one happy mermaid #saltlife

Tropical Goddess Vegan Summer Salad Plated

Tessemae's Organic Green Goddess Dressing is actually part of their Vegan Packalong with Organic Balsamic, Organic BBQ, Organic Cracked Pepper, Dijon Mustard, and Organic Soy Ginger.  I may try my hand at a three-bean salad with their Lemon Garlic Organic Dressing, which is part of their Whole30 Pack.  I recently discovered their Whole30 Pack perusing their site.  I didn't think they had other vegan dressings but in actuality most of their dressings are vegan!  Yayyy!!!    They also have ketchup, buffalo sauce, balsamic...so yummily inspiring 

Tessemae's Dressing Vegan Pack

Tessemae's Dressing Whole30 Pack

Which Tessemae's Dressing flavor inspires you this summer?  Check out their different packs at www.tessemaes.com 

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Have a Beautiful Day! Love, Lucy