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California Lavash Review + Giveaway (Closed)

Bake it, fold it, fry it, grill it, press it, roll it, salt it, slice it, wrap it….technologic. Inspired by Daft Punk.

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.

California Lavash Review + Giveaway

about

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.

Read more about California Lavash here.

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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 info@californialavash.com.

the verdict

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.


California Lavash

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.

California Lavash Review + Giveaway


California Lavash

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.

Here is the updated version of our original recipe (june 2013):

Vegan Chick'n Salad Version 2.0

Ingredients

12-ounce (whole package) Beyond Meat Lightly Seasoned or Southwestern, shredded and pulled apart
1 large carrot, julienned, in half
1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay Seasoning
3 celery ribs, diced in small pieces
1 1/2 pickles, diced
1/2 cup red onion, finely minced
3/4 cup vegan mayonaise, add more if needed (See notes below for specific vegan mayo)
1/2 - 1 tablespoon yellow mustard to taste
3-4 teaspoons nutritional yeast
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chives diced
two dill sprigs or heads and extra for garnish

Method

  1. Prepare your Beyond Meat chicken-free strips and pull them apart, layer by layer. (View image to see an example)
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the chicken-free strips to the mixture. Stir. Add extra seasonings to taste.
  3. Leave it in the fridge for 2-3 hours prior serving.

Notes

I used Follow Your Heart vegan mayo. If you have a vinegary, slightly sour, or acidic vegan mayo (i.e., Earth Balance, Trader Joe's, etc) use 1/8 teaspoon mustard instead of 1 tablespoon.

California Lavash Review + Giveaway


California Lavash

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.

California Lavash Review + Giveaway


California Lavash

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.


Assaggio Ristorante Cookbook: Mauro’s Passion

California Lavash Review + Giveaway

California Lavash Review + Giveaway

California Lavash Review + Giveaway

the 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.

contest + details

• This is a sponsored post.
• Giveaway ends at Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:00 am PST.
• Contest is open to U.S. Residents (sorry, International readers xx)
• Three winners will be drawn randomly by using a Rafflecopter (www.rafflecopter.com).
• 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.
• Three winners will be contacted by e-mail and social media and must respond within twenty-four (24) hours or prize will be forfeited and another winner will be drawn.
• Prizes will be shipped directly to three winners by California Lavash.
• California Lavash is not responsible for packages lost or damaged in transit.

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Have you tried lavash before and what is your favorite way to use a thin and soft flatbread?


disclaimer

This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.


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