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Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad

In Favourites, Salads on October 9, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad

You are too nice. I ran into the same low-light problem when photographing this salad after work. I wanted my standard front view and top view, but it was too blurry and grainy to work. I suppose that is when fun filters hide photographer faults? 😉

In any case, I decided the salad was too sweet not to share. Who knows how long my avocados will keep!

Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad

My inspiration came from a meal I shared with Gabby at a hipster restaurant with a few vegan-friendly options. They veganized their Cali-Coco BLT sandwich which had a thick layer of sliced avocado, coconut bacon, tomato, arugula and vegan mayonnaise on a ciabatta bun.  Apparently, avocado + BLT = a California BLT. I also had a side of dal frites (yes a curry and fries poutine!), which was positively too much food.

I was still excited about recreating this at home, though. Unsweetened coconut chips were tricky to locate but my Mom helped locate these wonderfully shaped coconut slices. I am used to smaller coconut chips, so this was great. While I used mine with a salad, I think these bigger pieces would work better in sandwiches, too.

Handi Coconut Slice

I used my previous recipe for coconut bacon, added half an avocado, a handful of cherry tomatoes, a mound of arugula and then fortified it with cooked quinoa and smoked tofu. Rob thinks the smoked tofu looks like cheese, but I swear it is not. Mash up the avocado with each bite but I will admit I scooped a bit of garlic-infused mayo aioli with each bite as a quasi dressing. Delicious!

Now who wants a dal frites recreation? I am trying to convince Rob to combine our favourite beer-soaked fries with dal bhat!

Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad
I am sharing this with this month’s No Croutons Required, Healthy Vegan FridaysSouper Sundays, Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck and Elizabeth’s No Waste Challenge.

Cali-Coco BLT Quinoa Salad

2 cups baby arugula
1/2-1 cup cooked quinoa
1/3-1/2 package smoked tofu, chopped into triangles
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado, sliced
2-4 tbsp coconut bacon
1 tbsp garlic-infused mayonnaise (I used this one and it was delicious)

1. Place all ingredients on a plate. Eat!

Serves 1.

  1. I’ve not tried coconut bacon, but pairing it with smoked tofu sounds just right to me 🙂

  2. oh my gosh, Janet, that smoked tofu looks crazy good. and that coconut bacon! actually, this whole salad. I want this for lunch, bad!

  3. Putting avocado on anything makes it a California thing. There are many avocados here!! 🙂

  4. those coconut slices look great – I was admiring them in the top photo (which is really enticing) – and trying to work out what the smoked tofu was – I thought perhaps tofu.but agree with rob that it looks like cheese. In fact it looks like a posh salad that I would be delighted to buy at a cafe!

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  6. Ha, yes. Filters hide everything. But maybe our expectations are to high sometimes. Your pictures are gorgeous.
    This looks like such an amazing salad. I have never tried coconut bacon but now I really want to!

  7. That smoked tofu does indeed look like cheese and the whole salad looks wonderful – so sweet and creamy and tasty. Thanks for entering into #NoWasteFoodChallenge

  8. Yum–I love the creaminess of the avocado paired with all that smoky tofu and coconut bacon. Perfect!
    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week.

  9. Mmmm this salad looks awesome! I haven’t managed to track down unsweetened coconut chips yet so I’m glad you found some =)
    And the pictures turned out quite well.

    • ps. thanks for sharing on Healthy Vegan Fridays =D I appreciate your contributions Janet and always look forward to them.
      This one is being featured this week. I have pinned it on our Pinterest Board too.

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  12. I’m looking at your salad and now lusting after some ripe avocado. Nice salad. It’s great to see something a bit different. Thanks for linking up to No Croutons required. The roundup is now live.

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