Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thunderbird Salad, and a Giveaway from Tempt hemp products

This salad is a Midwestern one, originating in Omaha. I used to order it when I went out for dinner in Iowa, and after I went vegan, I craved it like crazy. The nonvegan salad has all kinds of things you don't need. This vegan version is plenty decadent on its own. It has all kinds of texture and richness. Avocado might be nice, and if you like Blue Scheese, you could top off this salad with that. Anyway, this is a photo I took some time ago, and if you are on the PPK it might look vaguely familiar, but you've never seen the recipe, and it's yummy, so enjoy.

Freeform Directions for Thunderbird Salad with Vegan Ranch and Herbed Croutons

Greens, per plate, torn up, as much as you like (I am going to recommend romaine, but you choose.)
Grape tomatoes, for garnish, not too many
Vegan bacon substitute, your choice (You want junky here.)
Sunflower seeds, a handful per plate
Chickpeas, rinsed, say a third of a can per plate

Layer these, toss on some croutons, and drizzle with delicious vegan ranch. Eat right away to avoid soggy lettuce.

Herbed Croutons

Baguette-style bread, store-bought or homemade, chopped into bite-size dice
Chives and or other herbs to lightly coat your bread
Garlic, minced, as much or as little as you like
Olive oil to coat the bread lightly

Bake at 350 for about ten minutes, until lightly browned.

Vegan Ranch

1/3 c. unsweetened soymilk curdled with one tsp. apple cider vinegar
½ c. Vegenaise
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder, or more to taste
½ tsp dried dill
1-2 tbsp chives

Let it sit to develop the flavors! If you can stand to wait an hour, it will be worth it. Double the recipe if you're serving more than a few people.

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Today's giveaway comes to you from the lovely people over at Living Harvest. They make Tempt hemp milk, hemp ice cream, and protein powders. They have generously provided me with two coupons, one for a free pint of ice cream, and one for a free container of hemp milk. I know I would be psyched to win either! The coupons do not say where they are valid, so enter if you can buy Tempt products where you live! To enter, tell me about your garden harvest, or tell me what tempts you, or tell me anything at all. I'll post the winners tomorrow following the day's giveaway.

The winner of yesterday's VCIYCJ giveaway is Chris! Congratulations! Please send your name and address to me at (<---make sure to click on the . . . link for the rest of the email address. This is a spam avoidance thing.)


  1. That is such an awesome salad. It looks so fresh and I love sunflower seeds and croutons in salads.
    P.S. I don't enter the give-away as I'm outside the USA. But I am really impressed by all your great give-aways.

  2. I have yet to try these products, so thanks for the giveaway. I think Chocolate is what tempts me all the the time and sometimes french fries. Such a weakness for fried items. :(

  3. Looking out my window at snow, I know it will be many long months before I enjoy a gorgeous salad like that (I'm trying very hard to eat local and in season). But the promise of it just makes it all the better when the time comes. Right? ;p

  4. I would love to try Tempt's Hemp protein as i've found hemp protein to be just amazing in general <3

  5. Vegan ranch? Yummo! I think at some point, many years ago- ranch used to be a favorite of mine. It would be nice to try this vegan version.

  6. That salad looks so pretty. I need to start making my own croutons. They are so easy and yet I never do them. I can take my salad to the next level!

  7. I love tempt ice cream! I'm a big fan on hemp in general.

  8. This salad sounds awesome, thanks for sharing it! I can't wait to make some Ranch dressing -- and will seriously try to let it sit for an hour :-)

  9. I love the name Thunderbird Salad! I've never made Ranch but I might give it a go!

    And don't count my entry ;)

  10. Yeah Midwestern things! :D

    My garden harvest primarily consisted of kale, zucchini, and spaghetti squash. But it was my first garden, so I thought it was pretty awesome!