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Wintertime shouldn't stop you from enjoying a salad.(Photo: Ali Allen.)

Vegan lifestyle blogger Aine Carlin of Pea Soup Eats released a cookbook any animal product-shunner should add to their library immediately. Not vegan? Pick it up anyway — you know your veggie repertoire needs shaking up. From (vegan) soup to (already vegan) nuts, there’s something for everyone in Keep It Vegan. Know anyone who likes couscous? Really? Everyone? Well then right this way to salad bliss. Follow Aine on Twitter and Instagram.

Call me crazy, but I like to think of this as a semi-virtuous winter salad. When you’re surrounded by calorie-laden comfort food yet can’t face lettuce and dressing, this is the dish to satisfy those cravings without the often ensuing guilt. The sage and rosemary are crucial in making this recipe seasonally apt (I do try!), with the lightly toasted almonds lending some much-needed crunch—for me, texture in vegan food is the key to a winning dish, and this one succeeds on all fronts. As a side or on its own, it’s a super-easy option when those early evenings start to creep in, and means you can settle down to your television safe in the knowledge that your couch-potato ways are somewhat negated by this healthy evening meal. Well, sorta.

Reprinted with permission from Keep It Vegan