15 Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes For Beginners

When you begin the life of a raw vegan it can be really daunting, and as you scan the store shelves looking at all the things you can’t eat it may feel like you’ll be running off of raw carrots for the rest of your life. 

However, there is a whole world of raw vegan recipes out there that will combine the ingredients together to make delicious meals that will awaken your tastebuds with fresh flavors making you never want to turn back. 

1. Spicy Mango, Ginger, And Chili Soup

Putting raw mango in a soup sounds quite out there but if the risk hadn’t been taken then we wouldn’t have discovered this delicious flavor. There are only six ingredients needed to make this soup that consists of mango, onion, chile peppers, lime juice, ginger, and water.

You do not have to go out of your way to get these ingredients and they’re probably in your pantry already. Once you have gathered the ingredients, just whiz them all up in the blender until it reaches a creamy consistency and chill before serving. 

2. Raw Vegan Pesto 

Pesto can be used as a dip or as a brilliant addition to lots of dishes and packs a load of flavor into just one spoonful. Instead of using cheese for this recipe, you can use an alternative such as nutritional yeast that will still provide that cheesy taste.

Then, you have to throw the seven ingredients into a food processor and whiz it up. You also have the freedom to change the consistency to fit your preference by adding water or oil to make it waterier or more nuts to thicken it. 

3. Raw Curried Cabbage Salad

This recipe is inspired by the humble coleslaw but has a few twists that really sets it apart. This salad is a combination of raw cabbage and spices to create a crunchy texture and exciting flavor.

Since salads are usually not very filling, you can trade the sesame seeds for cashew nuts to keep you going for longer.

For the best results, it is advised to chill the salad before serving for about an hour to let the flavors mingle with each other so that every bite is as good as the last.  

4. Rainbow Pad Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad

This meal is a beautiful pile of colors when it is sitting on your plate, that’s if you’re not chowing down on it straight away.

It’s a great recipe to try in the summer months as it is light and refreshing and the pad thai sauce brings the whole thing together. When you have finished with making the salad and dressing, you can top it off with some chopped cashews and cilantro. 

5. Crunchy Cashew Cabbage Salad 

It only takes 10 minutes to whip up this crunchy vegan salad and is full of nutrients with less than 400 calories per serving it could also be used as a small side salad as well. There is a dressing that goes perfectly with this salad that uses sesame oil as one of the main ingredients.

If you’re short on time, you can even make the dressing up to a week before you make the salad and it will keep just fine. 

6. Creamy Raw Mushroom Soup

Cashew milk is what gives this mushroom soup a creamy base that will keep you feeling full. The mushrooms used in this soup are cremini mushrooms, but you can swap these for plain button ones or portobello ones instead if you prefer.

If you are a beginner in the raw vegan lifestyle, this is a very simple recipe that you can try to get you started on your journey. 

7. Vegan Gazpacho Soup

This is not your typical kind of soup because it is chilled when you serve it which is especially refreshing for warm summer days. Cold soups also make good starters or as a light lunch with bread on the side.

It may involve a lot of ingredients but once you have gathered them all together you just have to whiz them in a food processor and chill for 30 minutes before serving. 

8. Cauliflower Rice Sushi

Cauliflower rice sushi is a great alternative to traditional sushi for raw vegans, it’s also a much healthier option as you are blending up cauliflower to make the rice instead of using the usual sticky rice that has added sugar.

It takes just 10 minutes to make this dish and originally serves two, but this can be increased by doubling down on the ingredients. An important tip is to leave the sushi roll in the refrigerator for half an hour before slicing so that the moisture keeps everything sealed together. 

9. Portobello Mushroom Cashew Cheeseburgers

This is a cheeseburger that you have never seen before because it has swapped the traditional burger bun for portobello mushrooms.

Raw Tomatoes and herbs are also added to the burger once it is ready to be served. Cashews are used in this recipe to create a cashew cheese that ties the whole burger together and will make you think how on earth is this healthy when it tastes so good? 

10. Raw Carrot Pasta With Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce

If you didn’t know any better, you would honestly think that this was made with real pasta. For the carrots, you need to spiralize them with an appliance or by hand with a vegetable peeler.

For the ginger-lime peanut sauce, simply add the eight ingredients into a bowl and stir them until combined. Then, just add the carrots and sauce together to create this wonderful raw pasta!

11. Healthy Popsicles

You may have seen popsicles advertised as healthy but have stated otherwise on the nutritional value section. However, when this recipe says that these popsicles are healthy it means it, and you can see for yourself when you see that the only ingredients are strawberries and peaches.

Mix these ingredients up in a blender and stick them in the freezer and you have yourself some tasty popsicles with only 54 calories each. 

12. No-Bake Blackberry Cheesecake

Just because you have a raw vegan diet does not mean you can’t treat yourself, and this cake is a great opportunity to do so.

After you’ve let the cake soften for at least 30 minutes, you can drizzle some caramel sauce on top to serve as well as some blackberries or edible flowers.

30 minutes is a short time to spend preparing a delicious cake that you can bring to any gathering or special occasion as it is raw, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo so everyone is able to enjoy it! 

13. No-Bake Protein Balls

After a workout, these no-bake protein balls are super easy to pop into your mouth and tastes just like cookie dough.

It only takes 10 minutes to mix the ingredients in a bowl before adding the chocolate chips and rolling them into 20 separate little balls then putting them in the refrigerator where they can be stored for up to a week.

You don’t have to be pumping iron to enjoy these protein balls and simply having a sweet tooth is a good enough reason to give this recipe a try. 

14. Banana Ice Cream

Not only is there banana in this ice cream, but a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter as well which creates a delicious combination of textures and flavors. The only other ingredient is chocolate chips which you can remove if you prefer.

Make sure that you freeze the bananas beforehand as it will help achieve the consistency of ice cream, but you can also place the finished ice cream in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes to get it a bit more solid.

You also have the freedom to customize this ice cream to your own taste and can use whatever nut butter you like or add your own seeds and nuts. 

15. Hemp Seed And Greens Smoothie

If you fancy a jar packed with nutrients and fresh flavors, then you better get your food processor ready. For the ingredients, you will need ginger, frozen banana slices, frozen pineapple chunks, fresh spinach leaves, hulled hemp seeds, and coconut water.

Once you have gotten the ingredients prepared you can go ahead and blend them together in a food processor until it is smooth. You can drink raw vegetable smoothie for breakfast or as a snack to refuel and refresh yourself. 

Conclusion

Having a raw vegan diet does not have to be an inconvenience and once you realize that there are many recipes out there that can be whipped up in no time you may never want to use your oven again.

You’ll also notice that your body feels more energized as you fuel it with fresh, healthy ingredients that you can easily get a hold of at your local grocery store.

If you are new to this lifestyle, you may be craving some meat or dairy but there are many different raw vegetables and nuts that you can use to substitute this and your tastebuds will be none the wiser. 

Brett White