Crunchy Romaine Salad with Nori and Avocado

As the weather has started to warm up (sort of!), I've found myself craving salads, which is totally natural. Our bodies want more raw, water-rich, light foods in the spring and summer.

This particular salad has been my go-to this month - it takes literally 5 minutes to pull together, no advance prep or fancy kitchen gadgets needed.

Nutritional yeast is what makes this salad soooooo tasty. Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast, most often found as yellow flakes or powder. It has a strong flavor that is described as nutty, cheesy, or creamy (which is why it's super popular with vegans and those who don't eat dairy). Not only does it taste good, but it's packed with vitamins and minerals, and is a significant source of B-complex vitamins, which help support a healthy metabolism. 

For years I've sprinkled nutritional yeast (or nooch, as its affectionately called) on roasted veggies, or blended into dips and sauces. But more recently I've been absolutely loving it on salads (thank you, Robyn Youkilis), and this is my most favorite combination.

Crunchy Romaine Salad with Nori and Avocado // vegan, gluten free, paleo, raw

-1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
-3-5 nori sheets, torn into small pieces
-1 avocado, diced
-2-3 tbsp oil of choice: olive, avocado, or flaxseed
-1/4 cup nutritional yeast
-sea salt and pepper
-a few large forkfuls of sauerkraut

1. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. I like to mix this really well so the lettuce almost starts to wilt, and everything is coated with nutritional yeast. Taste and add more nutritional yeast or S&P as desired.

2. To make this a full meal, top with protein of choice - cooked quinoa, hard boiled egg, seared tempeh, etc - and enjoy! This makes about 2 servings.


I've been eating this salad a couple times a week - I hope you will love it just as much as I do!

Have you noticed your taste buds changing as the seasons shift? Let me know in the comments below!