Lavash is a versatile foundation to pair with a variety of flavors and thanks to the folks at California Lavash, who reached out to us to provide a sample of their product, we were able to play around with lavash in a few different dishes recently. There are four available Lavash flavors: Traditional, Whole Grain, Spinach, and Olive Oil & Garlic. They are certified vegan and non-GMO Project Verified and contain no added sugar.
Bake it, fold it, fry it, grill it, press it, roll it, salt it, slice it, wrap it….technologic. Inspired by Daft Punk.
California Lavash is a family-owned company, and family is at the heart of everything they do. In fact, if you stopped by their office in Gilroy, California, you’d find family members doing everything from helping a customer on the phone to pulling a Sangak from the oven. And the family roots of their business run deep. Every bread is crafted from their own family recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, always with the same instructions: Stay authentic and make it from the heart. That’s why California Lavash make their flatbread the same way it’s been made for centuries: with only simple, natural grains, no artificial ingredients of any kind, and lots of love.
Four flavors: Traditional, Whole Grain, Spinach, and Olive Oil & Garlic Lavash. They are all 100% natural, certified vegan, non-GMO Project Verified, low sodium, and fully baked with no added sugar. In addition to its line of vegan Lavash flatbreads, the company also produces gourmet Naan, Noor, and Sangak flatbreads, but they are not vegan.
Where to buy
Traditional, Whole Grain, Spinach, and Olive Oil & Garlic Lavash flavors are available in a variety of grocery stores (still working on online markets). Their website is currently under construction (as of January 2014), but once complete it will include a search by zipcode directory. In the meantime, the best way to a list of locations near you is to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We tried all four of the available Lavash flavors: Traditional, Whole Grain, Spinach, and Olive Oil & Garlic. All are certified vegan and non-GMO Project Verified and contain no added sugar. For best results, use immediately while the Lavash are still fresh. If you choose to refrigerate the lavash, you will need to moisten them with a few drops of water before heating. California Lavash can also be frozen, and will last up to six months in the freezer. There is little noticeable difference between the four flavors, but we find them all equally appealing for different uses.
For the Traditional flavor, we used them as crispy “strips” with fresh lemon zest to provide texture for the stew. Use a very sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice them in strips in half and then fry, drain and salt. Add fresh lemon zest in the end. We made a Mediterranean Harissa Stew with Purple Sweet Potato that goes with it.
We made our favorite vegan chick’n salad with Whole Grain Lavash. Moisten top and bottom with a few drops of water and microwave for 10-15 seconds prior to wrapping. After being warmed up, the lavash are easy to roll into wraps, despite the creamy chick’n salad, the lavash held them well and did not get soggy which I was impressed with.
We used the green Spinach lavash to make panini. Our panini filling consisted of Beyond Meat chicken-free strips, grilled vegetables, chopped fresh cilantro and Daiya Swiss cheese slice. The lavash can be made on any grill, or on a Panini press over a medium-high heat, however you need to moisten them with a few drops of water before heating or grilling.
For the Olive Oil & Garlic lavash, we used them as crispy sheets for vegan caponata, a classic Sicilian sweet and sour eggplant stew. We brushed the lavash with olive oil and heated them in a pan over a medium-high heat until golden brown and salted them. You can also brush the lavash with olive oil and bake it in the oven. The vegan caponata recipe is from Assaggio Ristorante Cookbook: Mauro’s Passion by Chef Mauro Golmarvi. You can find his cookbook on Amazon.com.
Giveaway (Sponsored by California Lavash)
California Lavash is sponsoring a giveaway so that THREE lucky vegan miam readers Three winners will each receive a box of Traditional, Whole Grain, Spinach, and Olive Oil & Garlic Lavash flavors, along with printed recipe cards and a California Lavash tote bag.
The giveaway is open to U.S. Residents. Three winners will be chosen by random from Rafflecopter by Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:00 am PST. Use the Rafflecopter in the end of the post to enter the giveaway.
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Have you tried lavash before and what is your favorite way to use a thin and soft flatbread?