Raw Food

Quick Nori Rolls with Cucumber and Avocado

Nori wraps are what are used in sushi making, but they can also be used to make delicious rolls with a variety of fillings and ingredients. Rolling nori takes a bit of practice, but it has a wonderful end product. My third grade brownie troop made nori rolls at a girl scout meeting, so it’s certainly do-able!



4 sheets nori seaweed (available at the health food store)

1 lb. cucumbers, thinly sliced with a mandolin slicer

toasted sesame seeds

ground chili powder (optional)

1 ripe avocado, sliced into thin wedges

3 1/2 ounces tofu, cooked chicken, or fish (raw and super fresh, or cooked), cut into strips

long-stem sprouts or sprouted seeds

soy sauce, for serving

Optional additions:

simple tahini sauce

raw cashew cheese or other spread

pink radishes, thinly sliced with a mandolin slicer

large handful of small salad leaves, such as baby spinach or baby kale

fresh herbs, especially shiso or cilantro

1/2 ripe mango, sliced into strips

1/2 small jicama, peeled and cut into strips

See the entire recipe and directions at the Chocolate & Zucchini recipe blog.

Berry Chia Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are a great way to start the day or for a healthy boost during the afternoon. They’re satisfying and full of antioxidants!



1 heaping cup organic frozen mixed berries

1 small ripe banana (sliced and frozen)

2-3 Tbsp light coconut or almond milk (plus more as needed)

1 scoop plain or vanilla protein powder of choice* (optional)


1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

Granola (optional)

Fruit (optional)

See the entire recipe and directions at the Minimalist Baker.

Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Balls

This recipe is full of the flavors of the season while still being a healthy, whole food recipe. It makes a great wintery snack or dessert!

  • 1 cup dry roasted almonds

  • 1 cup dry roasted cashews

  • 12 medjool dates, seeds removed

  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa

  • pinch of salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon of food grade peppermint oil or 1 teaspoon natural peppermint extract

See the entire recipe and directions at Whole Food Simply.

Simple Hummus Lettuce Wraps

Disclaimer: This is barely a recipe.  It is delicious, however, and sometimes we need a reminder of simple, delicious foods to eat that really don't take much time at all. 

We have a large selection of hummus on sale at the store (50% off while supplies last!) in different varieties that are perfect for making your own lettuce wraps. They're even good for picky child eaters since they can assemble them entirely on their own.

What You’ll Need:

Butter Lettuce (also called “Living Lettuce”)
Large Carrots
Baby Bell Peppers.
Fresh Basil
Fresh Cilantro
Your choice of Hummus
Kosher salt

See more information at directions at Treats with a Twist.

Raw Tabouli Salad (Grain Free)

I love tabouli salad (it’s a Middle Eastern salad that is so refreshing and healthy!), and this is a neat spin on it. Usually tabouli contains bulgur wheat, but this recipe uses shelled hempseeds instead of the wheat- a neat idea that had never even occurred to me. 


•    1 cup fresh parsley
•    1/2 cup fresh mint leaves*
•    1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I used 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon)
•    4 medium yellow vine or Jersey tomatoes, chopped (I used 2-3 large red tomatoes)
•    1 cup shelled hemp seeds
•    2 tablespoons hemp oil (I used olive oil)
•    2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

*If I can’t find mint leaves, usually I’ll just substitute the mint for a bit more parsley, or even some fresh spinach. Another nice option is adding a bit of green onions to this recipe. I also usually add a bit more olive oil and lemon juice. 

See the entire recipe and directions at Oh She Glows


Simple German Cucumber Salad

This salad is light and tasty and is a snap to put together!  It's a welcome addition to any summer meal!

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large cucumbers, peeled, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill weed, chopped (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried)

See the entire recipe and directions at Fearless Fresh.


This is such a neat recipe, and it's perfect for fall!

  • 3 cups shredded carrots (about 1 lb.)
  • 8 oz. (about 1 cup) pitted dates (you could also use raisins for a less expensive option- there's a recipe here for using raisins instead of dates)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • (optional) 1/2 cup raisins


  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup water (use more or less to achieve desired consistency)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

See the entire recipe and directions at Gimmie Some Oven.

The Ultimate Detox Salad

I don't know if a better detox salad than this exists, it is that good.  It is full of flavor and antioxidants, and will surely help to put you on the right track after the indulgences of the holidays.

For the dressing:
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup lemon juice, fresh
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons whole grain mustard
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, optional
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the salad:
2 cups dinosaur kale, tightly packed and thinly sliced
2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups broccoli florets
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
2 avocados, peeled and diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup walnuts
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Read the complete recipe and directions at The Roasted Root.

Apple and Cabbage Detox Salad

Eating clean can be absolutely delicious.  This salad can help to both detox the body and aid in boosting metabolism while helping you to feel full.

1/2 head Savoy cabbage
1/2 head red cabbage
1 Fuji apple
1/4 red onion
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Read the complete recipe and directions at Fit Sugar.

Zucchini and Tomato "Pasta"

This is a delicious and low calorie raw food recipe!




8 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

¼ cup toasted pistachios

2 tablespoons torn fresh basil, plus extra leaves for garnish

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon good quality balsamic vinegar

1 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise, then cut into ¼ inch long strips

kosher salt

Read the complete recipe and directions at blissfulbblog.com