Oh She Glows’ Chakra Caesar Salad & Cookbook Giveaway!

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Today I have a little something that I think will help brighten the beginning of your workweek…

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If you’ve been reading vegan or healthy recipe blogs for more than a nanosecond, you’re likely already a fan of Angela and her popular Oh She Glows blog. I first started following along four years ago, right around the time I began my very crappy cubicle job. Angela’s posts, particularly the ones about her own career change and struggles along the way, immediately resonated with me. I found her ability to switch directions and create the life she wanted so inspirational – she motivated me to start doing the same. And then of course, I began making her recipes, and I was doubly inspired. Angela is one of those people who make me scratch my head and go “How does she do it all?” and on top of that, she’s also a genuinely nice person, just as you imagine from reading her posts.

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I was so honored to be offered a review copy of Angela’s much-anticipated Oh She Glows Cookbook. It’s every bit as beautiful as I expected, and the recipes are an extension of those she shares on her blog – simple, whole foods, prepared in a way that’s comforting and familiar, yet thoughtfully elevated to something noteworthy. These are the kinds of recipes you will want to make again and again.

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Today’s recipe for Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons is a perfect example of that. It’s so reminiscent of traditional caesar salad, Aaron said that if it had been served to him in a restaurant he wouldn’t have known it was vegan. I love it when that happens.

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Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons
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Soaked raw almonds create the creamy, healthy base in place of raw eggs or mayonnaise. Roasted garlic makes the dressing creamier and a little more mellow. And I promise you will never look at croutons the same way again after trying these nutty, crunchy, flour-free delights.
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4-6
For the Nutty Herb Croutons:
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, or ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, or to taste
  • Herbamare, for sprinkling on top
For the dressing:
  • ½ cup whole raw almonds
  • 1 whole head garlic, for roasting, plus ½ clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the salad:
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped, or a mix of romaine and destemmed torn kale leaves (about 10 cups)
  • 1 recipe Nutty Herb Croutons
To make the croutons:
  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed, oil, and 2 tablespoons water and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened.
  3. In a food processor, pulse the garlic to mince it. Add the almonds and process until finely chopped. Add the onion, parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt, and flaxseed mixture and process until a sticky ball of dough forms.
  4. With your fingers, sprinkle small portions of the crouton dough onto the prepared baking sheet, using roughly ½ teaspoon of dough per crouton. Place the croutons 1 inch apart on the baking sheet and sprinkle with Herbamare.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip the croutons and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until golden. Watch the croutons closely near the end of the baking time to make sure they don't burn.
  6. Let the croutons cool on the pan for 10 minutes. They will firm up while cooling. Cool the croutons completely and store in an airtight glass jar for 2 to 4 weeks.
To make the salad:
  1. Make the Dressing: Place the almonds in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak the almonds for at least 12 hours, or overnight. Drain and rinse the almonds. Pop off the skins by pressing the base of each almond between your thumb and forefinger. (Removing the skins yields a smoother dressing, but it's not absolutely essential.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  3. Cut off the top of the garlic head so all of the raw cloves are exposed. Remove any loose skin. Wrap the head in foil and place it on a baking sheet. Roast the garlic for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cloves are soft and golden. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until cool enough to handle. Remove the foil and squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and into a food processor.
  4. Add the soaked almonds, oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and ¼ cup water to the food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. Add the minced raw garlic if you'd like the dressing to have a more intense garlic flavor - otherwise, leave it out.
  5. Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl and pour your desired amount of dressing on top. Toss until fully coated. Sprinkle the Nutty Herb Croutons over the salad just before serving.


Now how about that giveaway…

Please Note: The giveaway is open to US residents.


Recipe reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014. Photos copyright Amanda Maguire.

Disclosure: I received The Oh She Glows Cookbook for free, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Stefani Phelps says

    I have been following Oh She Glows for several years now and have made many of her recipes, I want this cookbook!!! I do many things that help me “glow”! Number one is spending time with my 5 fur babies. Following a vegan diet and running, are other important ones. I feel so much better knowing I am doing something to help the animals, the environment, and myself.

  2. Nicollette says

    I talk to myself the way I’d talk to my best friend–kindly, no self-deprication (well, maybe the occasional joke)…

  3. Sandy Z says

    I haven’t gotten to Vegan yet, but trying. I love this cookbook is Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free. Shortly after I went vegetarian, my migraines completely disappeared. Good Luck to Angela and her new cookbook.

  4. Megan Ross says

    I glow by cooking healthy meals for my family and taking my son and dog on daily walks! Not only is it healthy but it makes us all happy and our whole daily glows! :)

  5. says

    One thing I try to do to glow is to laugh and think of happy things to make me smile! I’ve heard awesome things about this cookbook and would love to try it out for myself.

  6. says

    I love Angela’s blog and I’m so excited that her cookbook is finally here! I appreciate how her recipes emphasize whole, fresh ingredients–definitely key to achieving a “glow” :)

  7. says

    Amanda, I’m so happy to have you take part in my cookbook tour!! Thank you for this gorgeous post and your kind words. The nutty herb croutons are my absolute fav. and I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad! xo

  8. Moira says

    I have been following Angela since I decided to make the transition to vegan. I have my mom hooked on her recipes as well. So cooking and yoga make me glow!

  9. Christina says

    I like to cook from scratch, using sustainable and local ingredients, so I can minimize my intake of toxins and artificial ingredients!

  10. Heidi says

    I go to bootcamp at 5:30am while the rest of my family is sleeping. I not only get to exercise but also some much needed ‘me’ time.

  11. stacie m. says

    Get enough sleep, drink enough water, and use natural oils on my face, body, and hair. Smells yum too 😉

  12. Lucia says

    I’ve been following Angela’s blog for ages; she’s such an inspiration! I’m a college student, and I’ll be making the transition from meal plan to cooking for myself next semester. Having Angela’s cookbook on my side will be such a help!

  13. robin says

    I’m so excited for this cookbook! I cook (and bake) for family and friends — nothing makes me glow like sharing good, tasty, healthy food with the people I love!

  14. Holly says

    My strategy is a pint of water first thing every morning, plus yoga or running just about every day. And trying to eat less sugar…

  15. Eri says

    I make sure to give myself some “ME” time – whether that’s trying a new recipe, or carving out time for a run!

  16. Sophie says

    As a fellow woman in recovery from an eating disorder, Angela is an inspiration with every new post! What a wonderful relationship with food she inspires. Fingers crossed to have her new cookbook on my shelf (under my pillow, haha)!

  17. April says

    I have only recently gone vegan, just over 4 months ago. We I looked online for the initial support for my vegan diet Oh She Glows is one of the first blogs I found and began using. It’s made the transition to being vegan go so smoothly! What I do to glow is go hiking as much as I can, to enjoy the outdoors!

  18. Jessica says

    I feel my best when I eat lots of fruits & veggies, sleep plenty, and don’t let stress get to me.

  19. says

    To glow from the inside out, I try to stay plenty hydrated, get plenty of sleep, eat foods that make me feel good, and spend as much time as I can with those I love :)

  20. Stacey says

    I love Angela’s recipes! I never feel as if there is anything lacking from the recipes that I have tried. Looking forward to getting her cookbook!

  21. Katie says

    Lots and lots and lots and lots of water helps me “Glow”- I swear it makes my complexion so much more bright!

  22. Noella says

    Eating a 98% organic clean whole foods diet with nothing processed. Oh she glows recipes are one of my instant go-to’s.

  23. Molly says

    Accept others (and myself) for who they are and appreciate the differences, as well as the likenesses, between us. I accept that everyone gets to be who they are meant to be. This can often be a challenge, but this feeling toward others makes me glow!

  24. Alissa says

    judging by all these comments and my own experience angela’s blog and recipes have inspired many…what an honor that she asked you to be a part of her journey! i glow when i inspire others to make their health a priority!

  25. emily says

    one thing I do to “glow” is take a 6 am spin class twice a week. it sounds crazy, but those two days of getting up early are the days I have the MOST energy! I love the feeling of power and accomplishment I get knowing that I’ve challenged myself hours before my peers are even awake!

    • says

      I keep thinking about taking a 6am spin class at my gym, but it sounds SO early! You’re motivating me to get my butt out of bed though and at least give it a try!

  26. Beth says

    I love Oh She Glows as well – and what a great name with so many positive messages! I glow by doing yoga!!

  27. Marina says

    To “glow from the inside out” I set aside a day for myself that is full of rest, recovery, and relaxation. This is so important for our bodies and it makes us happier too :)

  28. Sherry (BTLover2) says

    The thing that makes me glow the most is exercise. It’s something that makes me radiate from the inside out.

  29. Elizabeth says

    I LOVE cooking Angela’s recipes. Knowing they are safe for my very allergic son to eat makes me glow!

  30. Carey says

    Well, going vegan is what I did to glow! Almost two years ago now, Oh She Glows has been guiding me through my transition to veganism. I have to say… her site made it pretty easy, and I have been glowing so much I cannot imagine switching back to any other lifestyle! It’s so cool to see her having so much success, congrats on the cookbook! :)

    • says

      That’s awesome, Carey! And I agree – Angela is so deserving of her success! She’s helped a lot of us make the switch to veganism.

  31. Jessie says

    One thing I do to glow is eat less dairy! I swear, reducing my dairy has really cleared up my skin and given me more of a glow! I’d love to go completely vegan and have been contemplating purchasing Angela’s cookbook in the hopes it would spur me on to making the change!

  32. says

    This book sounds great! One thing I do to glow is to get enough sleep! It doesn’t necessarily result in a glow, but it does mean my skin looks better!

  33. says

    I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I am gluten intolerant and do love Oh She Glows’ recipes because many of them are naturally gluten free! Plus, even though I eat meat, I don’t eat a lot of it, so vegetarian and vegan recipes are often in our weekday meals. Thanks for sharing!

  34. laura z says

    to glow from the inside out, i try to spend some time in thoughtful prayer and reflection each day. sometimes i do it, sometimes i forget, but when i do, i can feel the difference it makes in my day!

  35. Becky says

    We glow with a vegan whole foods plant-based diet, exercise and trying to use as few chemicals as possible in household and personal care items. It’s so worth it to feel good!

  36. Jennifer Barkett says

    To glow from the inside out I try to exercise, drink lots of water, eat clean and not eat too much sugar. I have a huge sweet tooth :-)

  37. Kait says

    KOMBUCHA! I drank a lot of it this week since I had a stomach bug (booo) and incorporated the boozy kombucha (do they have the ones with alcohol warnings on them in Boston?!). And have my class this week. So. much. fermented. goodness. xo

    • says

      Nice! I don’t think I’ve seen the original kombucha formulation around Boston. Not that it surprises me – MA has silly alcohol laws.

  38. Sabrina says

    I eat my fruits and veggies! Laughter, exercise, and a good night’s sleep don’t hurt either. 😉

  39. says

    Eating foods that make me feel great (lentils! rice noodle stir-fries with tofu & veg! fresh fruit juice) and staying away from foods that make me feel less than great (sugary drinks, really anything with tons of sugar) makes me glow.

  40. Debbie P. says

    Eating way healthier than I did growing up in hopes of having a fulfilling life ahead without degenerative diseases!!!

  41. Annette says

    One thing I do to glow is to stay positive. It attracts other positive people and makes for more happiness/less drama.

  42. Calli says

    workout with some jillian michaels and take time for myself to read blogs, pinterest, or whatever, 1 hour a weeknight at least :)


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