Unsolicited Advice: Put Hot Vegetables On Your Salad


I don’t care that I come off as a stereotypical vegan when I say I LOVE SALAD. Salad is quick, easy, and healthy: a winning trifecta for someone who is impatient, lazy, and health-conscious. Not to mention, it gives you a lot of creative freedom. 

There’s a lot I could say about salad. But I’m about to give you this “one crazy trick” that revolutionized my salad game: put hot vegetables on top of it. It sounds counterintuitive, I know. Salads should be cold. Hot vegetables should probably go over rice. But no one’s ever made history by simply following the rules. 

Here’s the thing about putting hot vegetables on your salad: it makes it feel less like a salad- salad. It's not even in the same league as most salads. Sometimes you forget you’re eating a salad at all! Also, it eliminates the need for salad dressing.

When you put hot vegetables on your greens, it wilts them, but not so much that they’re slimy. They reach a perfect point where they’re a little bit less-firm than they initially were, making it easier to shove the leaves in your mouth without flinging the other contents of your salad everywhere. This enables you to eat more gracefully and efficiently.

My go-to combination lately has consisted of pan-fried tofu with cauliflower rice, stir fry veggies, and edamame. I cook them in coconut oil and coconut aminos, then combine them in a bowl with spring mix. Sometimes I add extra coconut aminos. You can also combine seitan, steak sauce, onions and mushrooms for a BBQ vibe. One thing I don’t do is add avocado to these hot salads. Avocado is strictly for cold salads.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there (meaning your kitchen) and break the rules! And share whatever combinations you’re thinking about trying in the comments below 😉 

Danielle Kocher