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Almost Raw Recipes

Interested in exploring raw foods or making the transition to 100% raw? Maybe you just want to add more raw foods to your diet. This section features recipes that are all "almost" raw. That is, they are all raw with the exception of an ingredient or two. You can always use a simple substitution or omit an ingredient to make it a fully raw recipe.

Vegan chocolate smoothie
A low-fat vegan and dairy-free chocolate smoothie made from orange juice, cocoa powder and fruit. Yum!

Light and Crispy Spring Roll Recipe
Light and Crispy Spring Roll Recipe

Vegetable Spring Rolls
Vegetable Spring Rolls

Thai Green Papaya Salad Recipe - Raw Foods Recipe
This recipe for a popular and spicy Thai salad can be easily made raw with a few simple substitutions. Use nama shoyu (raw soy sauce) or Braggs for soy sauce and make sure the other ingredients you use are raw as well, including the peanuts and the sweetener.

Superfood salad with blueberries and pomegranate seeds
This salad is an amazing combination of superfoods, including pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Can you say antioxidants galore? This healthy salad contains mostly raw ingredients, so it's a good "almost raw" transitional meal.

Gourmet Grapefruit Gazpacho
To make it truly raw, use fresh vegetable juice and omit the Tabasco sauce. Use water or in place of the vegetable broth.

Thai Peanut Sauce - Almost Raw Food Recipe
Thai peanut sauce is great on noodles or as a salad dressing and kids love it! To make this recipe raw, use a raw nut butter instead of peanut butter. Serve with veggies or squash instead of noodles.

Broccoli Salad Recipe - Almost Raw Food Recipe
If you like carrot and raisin salad, give this similar recipe for broccoli salad a try. Reduce the amount of mayonnaise for a healthier and more raw salad.

Watercress Salad with Frissee and Avocado
A healthy and fresh watercress Sslad with frissee lettuce and avocado. Spicy jalapeno, tangy lime and a dash of salt add plenty of exciting flavors to this salad.

Hemp oil honey mustard salad dressing
Hemp oil honey mustard salad dressing. If you're looking for creative ways to use hemp, which is best used without heating it, salad dressing is the perfect choice. Make this hemp oil salad dressing vegan by using agave nectar in place of the honey.

Spicy "almost raw" gazpacho
A spicy vegan gazpacho soup recipe using mostly raw ingredients. Just omit the hot sauce and be sure to use all fresh and raw ingredients. Some strict raw foodists may not use vinegar, so beware when preparing this dish for other followers of a raw food diet. Enjoy this flavorful raw food diet transition recipe.

Mango aphrodisiac smoothie
This mango smoothie recipe is made with ground flax seeds and peanut butter for a protein boost. It's vegan and gluten-free with a soy-free option.

Carrot Raisin Salad - Almost Raw Foods Recipe
Carrot raisin salad is great to bring to a luncheon and is absolutely delicious! The carrots and raisins are raw, so reduce the amount of mayonnaise if you want the recipe to be "more raw", or omit it completely for a fully raw dish, and be sure to use fresh rather than canned mandarin oranges.

Strawberry salsa with cranberries recipe
For a burst of flavor, try this homemade raw transitional recipe for strawberry salsa with fresh herbs. Pair it with crunchy jicama sticks or flax crackers.

Classic bread-thickened gazpacho soup
Classic bread-thickened gazpacho soup. A vegetarian and vegan cold soup recipe for summer made with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, red pepper and flavored with a bit of cumin and cayenne.

Chilled Mango Chipotle Soup
In Mexico, the traditional way of eating mangoes is by sprinkling them with a bit of salt and lime. This chilled soup takes those flavors and turns it into a cold fruit soup, perfect for a hot summer day. This cold soup recipe is both vegetarian and vegan and fat-free too.

Cucumber and chickpea salad recipe
Cucumber and chickpea salad recipe - Vegetarian and vegan

Chilled honeydew, canteloupe and cucumber soup recipe
Chilled honeydew, canteloupe and cucumber soup recipe. The recipe calls for salt and yogurt (which are not raw), but these could easily be omitted without affecting the flavor of this fresh melon and cucumber soup. A good nearly raw transition idea.

Easy hempseed oil vinaigrette salad dressing
Here's a simple way to whip up a hempseed oil balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing using hempseed oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.

Avocado Chili Soup
Make this spicy vegan avocado soup raw by using a raw almond milk, fresh chilies, and ommitting the sherry.

Chocolate Elvis hemp smoothie
Elvis would have loved this peanut butter and banana smoothie! It's made with hemp protein powder for a healthy vegan protein boost and cocoa powder for flavor. This almost raw food recipe includes instructions for making it fully raw.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe- Raw Foods Salad Recipe
This nutty salad recipe is simple yet delicious! You can use fresh fruit instead of preserves in the dressing in order to make it raw.

Thai Pineapple Salad with Cucumber and Peanuts
Use fresh, raw ingredients to make this Thai pineapple salad, and you'll have a vegetarian and vegan dish that is "almost" raw, and super, super healthy! To make it a fully raw food recipe, omit the sugar (or use agave instead) and use a raw soy sauce.

Chilled tomato and avocado soup recipe
Chilled tomato and avocado soup recipe - a vegetarian and vegan chilled summer soup recipe to be served cold. The only non-raw ingredients are salt and a bit of optional olive oil. A nice and filling raw food transitional meal.

Raw Spaghetti Sauce Recipe - Raw Foods Recipe
The flavor from this recipe comes from the generous amount of fresh basil, so be sure not to omit it!

Blueberry coconut smoothie recipe
Blueberries and coconut are a powerfully delicious combination in this beautiful blue breakfast smoothie.

Salsa Verde Recipe - Raw Foods Salsa Verde Recipe
From About.com's Guide to Mexican Cuisine, this recipe can be made raw by substituting raw chiles for roasted.

Chinese Cucumber Salad Recipe - Raw Foods Recipes - Asian Cucumbers
To make this Asian cucumber salad recipe truly raw, substitute 1 tsp of agave nectar for the sugar and be sure to use raw sesame oil rather than toasted. Agave nectar can be found in the baking aisle of most health food stores.

Raw Foods Chinese Cole Slaw Recipe - Asian Coleslaw - Raw Foods Recipe
This Asian inspired recipe comes from About.com's Guide to Chinese Cuisine. To make it 100% raw, use raw sesame seeds instead of toasted.

Sweet Asian Melon Bowl - Raw Foods Recipes
Asian fruits are sweetened with sugar in this recipe from About.com's Chinese Cuisine Guide, but, to make it raw, simply substitute 1/3 cup agave nectar for the sugar. What a lovely recipe!

Winter squash and apple salad
This winter squash recipe is nearly raw. Use fresh apple juice, or maybe even orange juice instead of the concentrate the recipe calls for if you'd like to make this transitional recipe completely raw.

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