Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vegan MoFo 2013: Joni Represents Whole Foods at the Taste of Laguna Wednesday September 18



On Wednesday, September 18, I will be representing Whole Foods Market, Laguna Beach at the Taste of Laguna food festival. Our store will be presenting 2 dishes, and I am presenting the vegan one.  Because this is a store sponsored event, I used ingredients easily purchased at the store.  I am sharing this recipe, along with giving away a $25 gift card to Whole Foods Market, paid for out of my very own pocket.  (Just follow the prompts in the widget below to enter.  Sorry, this one is only open to US residents.)

Herb Goddess Chik’n Salad over Grilled Crostini smeared with Herbed Aioli
and topped with Pickled Onion and Fennel Relish

I love Whole Foods, and not just because I work there.  I have been shopping and eating at Whole Foods long before I worked for the company.  I know many vegans have a problem with Whole Foods because they do sell and serve meat and dairy.  I just want to let you know that since I began working there, I have been counsel to many a beginner (and veteran) vegan, showing them the ropes, offering advice and recipes, showing off the coolest and best vegan products, and being a pretty darned good representative of the cause.  Besides, for many people, Whole Foods is just about the only place where one can buy many of the specialty vegan convenience foods that are now on the market. So it is with great pride and pleasure that I share this recipe with you.




Herb Goddess Chik’n Salad over Grilled Crostini smeared with Herbed Aioli and topped with Pickled Onion and Fennel Relish
This delicious herb infused open faced sandwich is perfect for casual entertaining, brunches and luncheons. All of the components can be made ahead of time making assembly on the day of your event a snap. This recipe is great for everyone, meat eaters and vegans alike. Beyond Meat Chickenless Strips are so realistic that no one would know they weren’t real chicken unless you told them!

For the Pickled Onion and Fennel Relish:
1 white onion, paper thin julienne cut
1 bulb fennel, paper thin julienne cut
½ cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar

For the Herb Goddess Chik’n Salad:
2 packages Beyond Meat Chicken Less Strips (available in the dairy aisle), plain or grilled
4 stalks of celery, finely chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 clamshell (3/4 ounce, or 21 g) local Kenter Canyon Farms organic chives, chopped very fine
1 clamshell (3/4 ounce, or 21 g) local Kenter Canyon Farms organic chervil (or flat leaf parsley), chopped very fine
1 clamshell (3/4 ounce, or 21 g) local Kenter Canyon Farms organic tarragon, chopped very fine
1 ripe avocado, peeled and mashed well with a fork
3 tablespoons (45 ml) lemon juice
1 cup (235 ml) vegan mayonnaise, such as Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise
Salt and pepper to taste.

For the Grilled Crostini:
2 crusty La Brea French baguettes, or other crusty bread
Olive oil, for brushing
Salt and pepper

You will also need a few handfuls of Kenter Canyon Farms Wild Arugula

Method for the Pickled Onion and Fennel Relish:
Place thinly sliced onion and fennel in a re-sealable plastic bag.
Add vinegar and sugar. Shake to combine.
Allow to marinate overnight.
Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Method for the Herb Goddess Chik’n Salad:
To make the chicken salad, chop the Beyond Meat Chickenless Strips into small cubes and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add celery, and onion to the bowl.
In a smaller bowl, mix together chopped chives, chervil, tarragon, avocado, lemon juice, and vegan mayo.
Reserve ½ cup (120 ml) of the dressing to be used as the aioli for the crostini
Add remaining dressing to the chopped chickenless strips, celery and onion. Toss to mix.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Keep chilled until ready to serve.

Method for the Grilled Crostini:
Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium high heat.
Slice the baguette in half lengthwise, and into 3 pieces across (you will end up with 12 total pieces) and brush the cut side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Place the seasoned side fave down on the grill and grill until toasty and crisp.
Set aside until ready to serve.

Method for Sandwich Assembly:
Smear grilled side of crostini with reserved herb dressing.
Top with several leaves of arugula.
Add a generous scoop of Herb Goddess Chik’n Salad
Top with Pickled Onion and Fennel Relish

Yield: 12 open faced sandwiches

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41 comments:

  1. awesome! congrats on representing Whole Foods. I hope your crostini are well-received! I have to say, I really like Whole Foods too. We have two really small WFs here in Santa Cruz. I mostly shop at the local HFS, but WF definitely carries some cool stuff that I can't find anywhere else in town. :)

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  2. Your crostini are beautiful, and I like your use of fennel. It often gets forgotten. That's really awesome that you've had a chance to be a vegan ambassador to new folks who are curious and confused about where to start.

    My favorite food splurge of the moment is coconut bacon. It makes anything that I add it to that much better. Actually, I bet it would be terrific on this crostini! :)

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  3. Lovely pictures! I love whole foods! I have so many splurge items there like vegan make up or organic locally roasted chocolate bars, locally roasted coffee, the list goes on! This is an exciting giveaway!!!

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  4. My splurges are all drinks! Fancy coffee and beer are both must-haves to me.

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  5. This looks so decadent and delicious!

    A couple times a year, I splurge on Apple Sage Field Roast sausage!

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  6. My favorite splurge food to buy is vegan ice cream! It's a splurge for me because I can make banana ice cream at home for almost nothing and it's healthier, but sometimes you just need a little Nada Moo to get you through a Friday night!

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  7. Mmmm - YUM! this looks amazing. My splurges are usually super foods like goji berries or kombucha.

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  8. hooks 15 year cheddar.... so pricy but so worth it...

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  9. My splurges are young coconuts and lucuma powder.

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  10. That recipe looks great! I didn't know you worked at Whole Foods--I worked there for years. Are you a demo specialist?

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    1. I am a Food Services Team Leader.

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    2. Awesome! I bet your store has an awesome and very vegan-friendly salad and hot bar : )

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  11. It's a toss-up between frozen pizza and ice cream!

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  12. Splurges are nuts, MimicCreme, Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups. As a vegan with a family full of people with food allergies, I feel incredibly lucky to live within 4 blocks of a Whole Foods...

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    1. Those PB cups are pretty amazing, right?

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  13. A favorite splurge food would be some of the special cheeses. I love the foods at Whole Foods and look for sales and specials. There is much to learn about the cheeses and I like the bin with the small pieces, for a couple of dollars you try a new cheese!

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  14. My splurges usually come in the form of fair trade, organic chocolate bars of one kind or another... :)

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  15. Fun giveaway!! I love Whole Foods too!!

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  16. The hot and salad bars are definitely my "splurge" any time I go to Whole Foods. I tend to overload my containers because I know it's stuff I can only get there, so it definitely adds up when it comes time to check out :).

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    1. I am guilty of $20 salads on a regular basis. Haha!

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  17. The sea salt and vinegar potato chips from Trader Joes. I love these chips and get them every time I grocery shop.

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  18. Thank you for this generous giveaway, Joni!

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  19. I splurge on good (vegan) chocolate, faro, hemp seeds and cashews.

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  20. My favorite thing to splurge on would have to be popcorn tofu from wheatsville!

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  21. I always splurge on Valrhona cocoa powder, fresh guacamole, & new vegan cheeses!

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  22. My favorite splurge food to purchase is any type of good fruit. It could be really ripe fresh pineapple or organic berries, sweet figs, etc.

    KathyD

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  23. Ooh, I usually splurge on all the things I can't get when I'm not in the US, like the newest mock meats and cheeses and vegan ice creams. $25 wouldn't last me long!

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  24. vegan mock chicken sandwich!!!

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  25. My favorite splurge... hmm. Probably the occasional vegan candy bar! Go Max Go just kills me.

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  26. I like to splurge on Earth Cafe raw vegan cheesecake.

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    1. Definitely a splurge! My favorite flavor is the CHerry Dreams, and a close second is the Cali Lemon. SO GOOD!

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  27. This dish looks so good. I love anything with fennel and Beyond Meat is delicious. Most recently I splurged on the new Kite Hill vegan cheeses. Could not find the alder though, which I hear is the best!

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    1. I can't wait to try those Kite Hill cheeses! I haven't seen them in my locl stores yet, but I am constantly looking!

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  29. Beyond Meat! It is expensive but soooo good!

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  30. I love ice cream.

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  31. Soy Curls, which aren't that expensive, I realize, but I usually buy in bulk and have them shipped, since I cannot find them locally, and it never makes sense to *just* buy one, little, lonely pack!

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