Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Raw Cauliflower Apricot Curry Salad & The Whole Earth Festival

Every year over Mother's Day weekend the most awesome festival is held here in town on the UC Davis campus.  It's called The Whole Earth Festival.  Now, you know I'm passionate about the environment, and so I get super excited about this festival.  It's a no-waste event, which means great efforts are made to create zero landfill waste.  This is an amazing feat considering the size of this event.  But this is a model concept that ALL festivals should adopt.  I personally gave up on Earth Day festivals years ago.  The waste produced by these gatherings was so counterintuitive, and for me, there was a sharp sense of detachment to the heart of the cause: THE EARTH.  See below for pictures of The Whole Earth Festival, featuring eco friendly gifts, vegan, raw, and vegetarian food booths, music, pertinent environmental causes, and a glorious sense of community.  I made a raw dish inspired by one of my favorite restaurants, Lydia's Lovin Foods, a local company from the Bay Area.  I have pictures of the food below (they offer organic, raw, vegan, sugar free, gluten-Free, eco-Friendly cuisine).  These are MY kinda peeps, ya'll.  So awesome.   
Raw Cauliflower Apricot Curry Salad 

Salad Mix
-1 1/2 pounds cauliflower, chopped (two small heads)
-7 ounces dried Turkish apricots (preservative free) 
-1 cup raw cashews, small chop
-3 medium carrots, small chop
-2 ounces yellow onion, small dice (about a 1/4 onion) 

-1/2 cup oil (use a neutral oil - my fave is grapeseed) 
-1 heaping tablespoon green curry paste (or any curry of choice)
-1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste) 
-1 teaspoon honey (vegans, use coconut sugar or other vegan sweetener of choice) 
-1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric (I used 1/8, some might like more)  
-1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon garlic granules (I used 1 tablespoon, some might light less - you could also use fresh minced garlic to your taste). 
-Fresh ground pepper to taste 

How To:
1.  In a bowl add dressing ingredients and whisk to combine.  Check for seasoning and spice factor.  
2.  Combine salad mix and dressing in shallow dish (like a roasting dish, this just makes it easier to mix together) then transfer into glass storage and refrigerate overnight (or least 8 hours).  Serve cold.  
3.  Serves 6 to 8. 

The Whole Earth Festival: Davis, CA (May 11, 12, & 13)
Skylar and Ethan rocken' out to the groovy music 
Later in the day...the crowd enjoying the music 
Yoga anyone? 
I love walking around looking at the booths
here are some of my favorites 

This booth is made entirely of sticks.  
How's that for eco friendly - no plastic!
Fun area for the kids:

Mommy and Sky doing some yoga
Here's my favorite booth: a local company I adore.  
See below for pictures of the food and what we ate!

This is a no waste event, so they provide plates and utensils, or bring your own.  
We bring our own
Snacks before lunch
Raw Middle Eastern Plate:
 Dolmas grape leaves with Raw “Rice,” a scoop of
Coconut Almond Hummus & Lydia’s Crackers topped with Sesame Dill Sauce served with Greek Salad
French - Mex Crêpe:
(made with sprouted buckwheat) 
black beans, salsa fresca, avocado, spouted beans, & greens 
topped with a “Kreemy”Chili Sauce

My loves.
What a great day! 
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  1. I am so envious! What a fantastic day out! And the food looks wonderful!

    Awesome salad recipe too!

  2. great recipe - cannot wait to try it - have been eating lots of cauliflower tabouleh recently - looking forward to a change!

  3. Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodMay 24, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    What an awesome festival! Looks like you all had a fantastic time! Love your cauliflower salad recipe, looks so good! I'm trying to get more creative with my salads, so this is good inspiration!

    1. Thanks Debbie! Have a great weekend. :-)

  • Jessica @ Dairy Free BettyMay 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Love this recipe! And that looks like a fun place - lots of tasty foods!! :)

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Yes! I have to say, I do look forward to the food every year. It's my favorite event. Always beautiful this time of year. We bike over to the University...just so much fun!! :-)

  • I don't know how I missed this fabulous salad-but so glad I found it! I am really intrigued by the flavors you used in this dish. I don't think I have ever had apricot and cauliflower together.

    I would love to go to this Earth Festival. It looks like such a fantastic event and your kids are absolutely adorable!

  • Debbie @ Easy Natural FoodJuly 11, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Such a lovely combination of flavors, this is such a tasty salad! Thanks for sharing this with Summer Salad Sundays, look forward to seeing you again soon.



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