Have you ever tried eating by a color? Purple is a wonderful color that symbolizes royalty and ambition. There are also so many delicious foods that are purple, like blackberries, eggplant, and even purple sweet potatoes! Check out this list below of 15 dishes all featuring the color purple!
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1. Purple Sweet Potato Gnocchi
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If not cooked creatively, pasta can get boring even for the fiercest lovers of the dish. To prevent this from happening, it’s good to switch things up, be it the color of your pasta, the type, the shape, the filling, so on and so forth. ThisPurple Sweet Potato Gnocchi by Petra Vogel uses purple sweet potato to create an eye-catching gnocchi dish that is as visually pleasing as it is delicious.
2. Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad
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This Winter Purple Cauliflower Salad by Kristina Jug & Mitja Bezenšek is topped with a citrus dressing, that ads acids and a bright taste to the vegetables. It mixes purple and white cauliflower, some broccoli, red kidney beans and slivered almonds, citrus dressing drizzled over it, and topped with a few mint leaves, just because!
3. Purple Cabbage Chickpea Boats
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Fresh veggies and chickpeas served in a purple cabbage boat sounds like everything you could want for your next meal, doesn’t it? This Purple Cabbage Chickpea Boats by Vegan Reset has plenty of healthy, tasty ingredients that are also full of vibrant color and flavor.
4. Tofu Cheesecake With Purple Yams
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If you’ve ever tried making a tofu cheesecake and failed miserably it’s O.K. We’ve all been there. But we guarantee this Tofu Cheesecake With Purple Yams by Nele Liivlaid will give you the creamiest, richest cheesecake you’ve ever had and it’s super easy. The recipe gets its structure and color from the purple yams and a bit of added staying power from the agar agar and then this gorgeous cake is set atop a crumbly, delicious crust.
5. Blueberry Creamsicle Smoothie
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A gorgeous purple haze, creamy coconut, and sweet blueberries are a heavenly combo in this Blueberry Creamsicle Smoothie by Clemence Moulaert. Add some chia seeds and you’ve got yourself a superfood smoothie that tastes like dessert.
6. Vietnamese Creamy Purple Yam Soup
This Vietnamese Creamy Purple Yam Soup by Valerie Ha will wow your guests with its delicious flavor and vibrant presentation. Made by blending frozen purple yams with vegetable broth, water, and mushroom seasoning, this soup is fragrant, rich, and creamy. Top it with some vegan ground meat for a hearty garnish that will fill you up and add a nice aesthetic to the dish.
7. Seasonal Detox Soup
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This Seasonal Detox Soup by Awesome Vegan Soups is perfect after you’ve indulged in a lot of rich, heavy foods. Doing a weeklong detox during chilly weather isn’t the best idea. However, this soup can give your digestive system a quick break. It doesn’t contain oils, salt, or grains, making it very easy to digest. A salt-less soup can take some getting used to. If you really need it, add a bit of salt.
8. Coconut Berry Smoothie Blocks
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These Coconut Berry Smoothie Blocks by Harriet Emily combines bananas, blueberries, blackberries, coconut yogurt, and coconut milk for a delicious drink. Freezing up the smoothie mixture into blocks is a great way to meal prep your breakfasts or snacks for the week! When your craving the smoothie, just add as many blocks as you want and some non-dairy milk to your blender and voilá.
9. Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream (Without a Machine!)
ThissSweet, creamy homemade Purple Sweet Potato Ice Cream by Petra Vogel can be yours — without an ice cream maker! This pretty purple ice cream has a rich coconut milk base that’s sweetened with maple syrup and made a gorgeous shade of dark lavender with purple sweet potato purée. You can’t get better than veggies and ice cream.
10. Raw Cherry Dumplings
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These Raw Cherry Dumplings by Krisztine Berta are impressive to look at, fun to make, and they taste fantastic! The cherry filling is a simple blend of cherries and dates that is wrapped in a silky-smoothy purple yam and date outside. These treats are perfect as a gift, after coffee, or to finish a decadent meal.
11. Rosemary Purple Potato Focaccia
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Bread is one of life’s greatest pleasures — and this homemade Rosemary Purple Potato Focaccia by Alicia Rokicka. It is perfectly crisp on the outside, but light, fluffy, and moist on the inside. Thinly sliced purple potatoes with fresh rosemary and salt are sprinkled over the top just before it bakes in the oven. Have this focaccia for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast, paired with your favorite cup of coffee.
12. Inutak: Filipino Rice Cakes in Coconut Milk
As far as desserts go, Inutak may be one of the lesser-known ones, but it is a delicious treat regardless. It’s a Filippino sweet comprised of rice cakes cooked in sweetened coconut milk, often with ube yam powder, to make it purple, until slightly caramelized on the outside. Then, it is served in glasses with a scoop of vanilla or ube ice cream. Fun fact: inutak came from the Tagalog root word “utak” which means brain, first because it has that same consistency and next to it that when it broils the top rises to the top and shapes into a brain form. Check out this recipe by Raymond Macaalay!
13. Açaí, Vanilla, and Almond Butter Fudge
These decadent Açaí, Vanilla, and Almond Butter Fudge by Christina Leopold have layer upon layer of delightful flavors. The squares start off with a rich, almond butter fudge which is followed by a silky-smooth layer of vanilla, then a velvety layer of açaí, and finished with a homemade chocolate topping.
14. Avocado Chocolate Cake With Açaí
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If you want something that is simple, impressive, and delicious, then this Avocado Chocolate Cake With Açaí by Denis Kilic is perfect for you. This cake has a smooth, creamy texture from the avocado and the purple from the açaí makes this dessert absolutely stunning. It’s guaranteed to be a show-stopper when you have friends for dinner.
15. Purple Mac and Cheese
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When mixed with vegetable broth and a bit of nutritional yeast, potatoes, and vegetables like carrots are able to create a deliciously creamy and cheesy sauce! In this case, the potatoes and carrots both have purple hues, creating a beautiful and uniquely colored dish when tossed with mac and cheese. Get a little more color on your table with this creative Purple Mac and Cheese by Cruelty Free Family.
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