Foodspotting Friday: Raw Food That Isn’t Salad


 Raw food reinterpreted into 11 mouthwatering recipes.

I used to think that raw foodism was reserved for the kind of girl who only eats salads.

Nevertheless, the raw food movement has always intrigued me. Raw foodies claim that eating unprocessed plant-based foods in their natural state provides the body with more nutrients, leads to more energy, and has the power to cure disease. Critics dispute the science behind these claims, saying that a diet consisting solely of raw food can lead to nutritional deficiency.

Whichever line you believe, embracing a diet with more natural greens can’t be bad, when done right. And it turns out, there’s more to raw food than just salads. This week’s Foodspotting Friday highlights 11 dishes, including takes on pizza, tacos, and chocolate cake, that are hearty, substantial, and haven’t been anywhere near a stove.

(above) Veggie in a Flaxseed Cone @ RawDaddy’s

Raw Lasagne @ Pure Food & Wine

Bruschetta @ Kensho

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse @ Cru Organic Raw Food Restaurant

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Truffle Shallot Cashew Cheese @ Pure Food & Wine

Raw Vegan Sushi @ Rasayana Raw Food Café

Soft Shell Tacos @ Live Organic Food Bar

Chia Seed Pudding @ Quintessence Restaurant

Maui Waui Pizza @ Gorilla Food

Nori Rolls @ Bonobo’s Real Food Restaurant

Raw Chocolate Hemp Seed Pie @ Gorilla Food

In Foodspotting Friday we highlight one of Foodspotting’s – or our own – top picks from our Foodspotting guides. Be sure to check them out and tip us off to your own favorites in our Readers’ Picks guide. Want to start spotting food on your own? Join Foodspotting and take part in the food spotting revolution. It’s visual, it’s positive, it’s global and we are in love with it.

Images: jamesFrancesRenHuangHeather Park (x2), Sarah Cooley, allen wolfMountainCatKing, Meng, cynspiredbyfood, SweetOnVeg

Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.