The Ultimate Raw Plant-Based Lasagna Salad

If you’re looking for the ultimate raw plant-based lasagna salad recipe, look no further.This is by no means your traditional Italian lasagna, but a play on it following the art of layering fresh vegetables while highlighting an emerging trend of raw veganism (sorry Italians). Raw veganism is essentially a diet based on raw and unprocessed foods. While not all foods should be consumed raw, evidence shows that some foods retain more nutrients and enzymes as opposed to their cooked counterparts.1 Regardless, this lasagna alternative is fresh and hydrating and packed with all the right nutrients and flavor profiles.

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A Mediterranean inspired simple, healthy, budget-friendly, and quick vegan lasagna salad is bound to impress all your guests regardless of their dietary restrictions. It is also gluten-free and has a flavor profile that complements a variety of entrees and additional side dishes. Feel free to interchange with your favorite vegetables, spreads, or sauces as this recipe can be very versatile.

The finished product results in a beautiful colorful layered dish that will satisfy the eyes and make you seem like a professional culinary artist. A perfect Instagram opportunity to show off your food photography and culinary skills.

Raw Lasagna Salad

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 318kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 1 Medium Cucumber
  • 2 Medium Beets
  • 1 Medium Tomato
  • 3 Cups Spinach

Olive Artichoke Tapenade:

  • 1 Can Black Olives 6 oz
  • 1 Jar Artichoke Hearts 14 oz
  • Olive Oil 2 tbs
  • Salt / Pepper to taste

Vinaigrette:

  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ¼ Cup Balsamic
  • 1 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Agave or Honey
  • 1 Minced Garlic Clove
  • Salt/ Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Slice Zucchini, Beets, Tomatoes and Cucumber into long thin strips, as this will serve as the “noodle” component of the lasagna. For faster prep time, use a mandolin slicer or a vegetable peeler. Make sure the longer ingredients fit in your pan and trim if needed. A perfect fit will mimic the "noodle" better.
  • Mix together ingredients for Vinaigrette in a bowl to add later.
  • Mince all the Olive Artichoke Tapenade ingredients and smash with fork or use a blender or food processor. Both methods works well and will provide similar flavors.
  • Layer sliced vegetables in this order and repeat 2-3 times:
    1st layer: Zucchini
    2nd layer: Spinach
    3rd layer: Beets
    4th layer: Cucumber
    5th layer: Olive tapenade
  • Repeat 2-3 times until reach the top of baking pan.
  • Garnish top of lasagna with thinly sliced tomatoes, beets, balsamic vinaigrette, and salt/pepper.
  • Carefully slice into six pieces and make sure to use a spatula to hold the bottom. Plate each piece on top of a bed of spinach for ultimate presentation.
  • Enjoy! This lasagna will leave you energized instead of in a food coma.

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Notes

This recipe comes together quickly in less than 15 minutes with minimal ingredients. Try to source local and organic for the best flavor and nutrients. For 6 servings use a 1.5 Liter pan or double recipe for larger pan. This will last 2-3 days in the fridge depending on how fresh your ingredients are.

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 490mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1942IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 2mg

Sides and Compliments

Lasagna salad pairs nicely with:

Substitutions & Alternatives

Feel free to switch out the olive artichoke tapenade for vegan basil pesto or add a cashew ricotta as an additional layer. For cheese lovers, sprinkle the top with fresh feta and basil.

Storage

Cover pyrex with lid or plastic wrap. This will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Questions

What is a lasagna salad?

Lasagna salad is a raw plant-based version of lasagna that replaces noodles and cheese with fresh vegetables and greens. This light dish is essentially a salad in lasagna form packed with flavor and nutrients appropriate for all eaters.

What are the health benefits of raw vegetables?

cardiovascular diseases, according to Shayna Komar, a licensed and registered dietitian at Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont. In addition, raw vegetables retain more enzymes, vitamins, and minerals compared to some cooked foods. When foods are overcooked, microwaved, or processed they lose their nutrients making them “empty calories”.

What makes this recipe interesting?

Have you ever had a raw lasagna salad? This is a unique and fun way to add fresh vegetables and greens into your diet. It also is a great way for prep your serving of vegetables for the week as it will last for 2-3 days with about 6 servings.

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