I have been in awe of my city this week. I wandered the streets full of colourful revelers, gazed up at the CN tower lit as a rainbow and overheard cheers of peace, equality and joy.
I know that all sounds a little too “rose-coloured” to be true. But in the years I have lived here I have seen such spectacular shifts in the social mores that it seems anything is possible. This year, when our first openly gay, female Premier joined the festivities I felt incredible proud of my city, my province and my country (Happy Canada Day, friends!).
Celebrations like Pride remind me of the importance of love, friendship, boldness, beauty, pleasure and fun. Life should be colourful!
So after dancing in the streets, I decided to come home and prepare a feast fit for my rainbow-enrobed city.
- 4 cups mixed baby greens
- 1 beet, shredded or spiralized
- 1 carrot, shredded or spiralized
- 1/2 cup yellow tomatoes
- 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
- 1/2 cup purple cabbage
- 1/4 cup kalamata olives
- ¾ cup tahini
- 1 cup fresh dill, chopped and stems removed
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped and stems removed
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/3 cup water, or enough for desired consistency
- Add the mixed greens to a large bowl. Add the shredded beets in a row along the left side of the bowl. Add the carrots next to the beets in a row.
- Chop the tomatoes into eighths and arrange with the skin-side up, in a row next to the carrots.
- Chop the avocado into small cubes and arrange in a row next to the tomatoes.
- Finely chop the purple cabbage and arrange in a row next to the avocado.
- Add the kalamata olives in a row next to the cabbage.
- Serve with your favourite dressing.
- For the tahini dressing above, blend everything together until completely smooth.
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Wherever you are in the world today I hope you are enjoying good food, friendship and love. Sometimes it comes along easily, sometimes you have to put in the work to create it. Either way…food, friendship and love are always worth the effort. Chop those greens and hug your friends. xo
*Thank you Nicole, for the tahini dressing recipe. We shared it at last year’s Vegetarian Food Festival and I have loved it every since.*