There was nothing like lox, until we tried carrot lox. According to Food 52 and several of our blogging friends, it might even be (gasp!) better than the actual thing. Pair it with some nut-based cream cheese, fresh dill and a vegan bagel, and you’ll be hooked. This year, we’re expecting lots of creativity in the world of vegan meat and fish, and there’s no better place to start than carrot “lox.”
Vegetable-based lox is prepared with careful attention to flavor and texture: you can slow roast whole carrots in a bed of salt, or slice them thinly, marinate, and roast. If you’d prefer tomatoes, try marinating them in kelp, liquid smoke and soy sauce (a la Carrots and Flowers, below). When you’re a vegan, or a simply a vegetable-lover like me, few things feel as triumphant as spinning a whole vegetable into something that meat-eaters will envy.
DIY vegan cream cheese is just as essential, and super easy. Most recipes are cashew or coconut-milk based, so they’re paleo and potentially nut-free. Just remember to plan ahead a few days so that you can soak your cashews or chill the coconut milk. Jazz it up with fresh dill, garlic, or even some fresh horseradish.
After all this vegetable and nut sorcery, you’ll probably opt to purchase your vegan bagels. Most bagels are vegan, but watch out for ingredients like honey, eggs (egg wash is common), or whey.
Below is a collection of our favorite vegan lox and cream cheese recipes. Let us know what you think–is carrot ‘lox’ the next big thing? Happy noshing!
What better topping for homemade rye-bread than salt-baked vegan carrot ‘lox’ ???????? . . . . Baking the carrot in salt really does impart that kind of smokey lox flavour! And it goes perfectly with this vegan ‘cream cheese’, red onion, dill, lemon and chives ???????? I guess this is really associated with smørrebrød or Jewish New Yorkers haha, but smoked salmon is one of Scotland’s best offerings to the world, and this vegan variant is extra Scottish because it’s about 98% cheaper than salmon hahaha!
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Vegan Lox Recipes:
Smoked Carrot “Lox” from Food 52
Vegan NY Style Bagels with Tomato “Lox” and Cashew Cream Cheese from Carrots and Flowers
Vegan Cream Cheese and Beet Tart from May I Have That Recipe (above)
Carrot Lox from Olives for Dinner
Smoked Rainbow Carrot ‘Lox’ from In My Bowl
Vegan Cream Cheese Recipes:
Simple Cashew Cream Cheese Spread from Yum Universe
Simple Cultured Cashew Cream Cheese from Yup, It’s Vegan
Coconut Milk Cream Cheese from Nerdy Mama
Vegan Smoky Black Pepper Cream Cheese from The Vegan 8
Nut-Free Vegan Cream Cheese from Ceara’s Kitchen