Healthy Raw Food Recipes

What is the raw food diet? A raw foodist avoids heat-processed grains and most animal products (although some consume raw fish, milk and meat); raw foodists eat nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, fruits and vegetables—ones that haven’t been heated past 118°F. To make our healthy recipes part of a raw food diet, substitute extra virgin olive oil for cold-pressed olive oil, replace vinegar with raw apple cider vinegar, use raw sugar in place of sugar and raw honey in place of honey.

Spinach-Apple Juice

This healthy spinach-apple juice is a green nutrient powerhouse loaded with calcium for bone health, and vitamins A and C for antioxidants. No juicer? No problem. See the juicing variation below to make this spinach-apple juice recipe in a blender.

Avocado Pesto

Avocados add a silky consistency and cheese-like richness to this dairy-free pesto recipe. Toss it with pasta, spread it on baguette slices to make bruschetta, or use it for a healthy mayo substitute on your sandwich.

Summer Tomato, Onion & Cucumber Salad

Fresh wedges of tomato, thinly sliced onion and sliced cucumber dressed simply with vinegar and oil makes the most simple salad possible–think of it as the Southern counterpart to the classic Italian tomato-and-mozzarella salad. It is best enjoyed at the height of summer, when tomatoes and cucumbers are fresh from the garden.

Jicama & Cucumber Salad with Red Chile Dressing

This salad combines cucumber and jícama with a sweet-sour, slightly spicy vinaigrette and makes a great start to any Mexican-inspired meal.

Mixed Green Salad with Grapefruit & Cranberries

Grapefruit juice is the base for the tangy vinaigrette on this salad studded with grapefruit segments and dried cranberries. It serves 12 as a starter or about 6 if you’d like a large portion per person.

Pistachios & Cherries

Keep a batch of this on hand for a fiber- and iron-rich snack.

Hot & Sour Slaw

This slaw, a combination of cabbage, red bell pepper, scallions and bamboo shoots, is tossed with a dressing full of the classic flavors of Chinese hot-and-sour soup. Serve with grilled pork tenderloin and a glass of Riesling.

Lemony Carrot Salad

Tangy lemon and fresh dill make a bright dressing for shredded carrots.

Green Salad with Asparagus & Peas (Salat med Asparges og rter)

Here’s a salad where we’ve combined two stars of the spring garden, asparagus and peas. Since the asparagus goes into the mix raw, you’ll want to look for the freshest, most tender spears you can find and slice them into very thin rounds.

Jicama-Apple Slaw

Crunchy jicama and apple plus oranges and avocado combine in this crisp and refreshing dairy-free slaw.

Raspberry, Avocado & Mango Salad

Pureed berries give the tangy wine vinegar dressing a creamy texture that gently clings to the lettuce and fruit. This is a salad to enjoy when fresh berries are in the market.

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