When it comes to entertaining friends, we save the soup to nuts dinner parties for the colder months.  Summer is all about lighter fare, freer table settings and a more relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re a raw foodie year round or just like to dabble when the temperatures rise and appetites shrink, these two recipes from Natalia Rose are perfect for a little light entertaining!

Both recipes, from Natalia’s most popular books Raw Food Life Force Energy and The Raw Food Detox Diet, are perfect as a quick menu for a night in with girlfriends or as dishes to add in to any healthy get-together. Get details below to win a copy of Raw Food Life Force Energy for yourself!

Suddenly St. Tropez Salad
Recipe from Raw Food Life Force Energy. Simple to make, delectable to eat and easy to serve!


1/4 to 1/2 lbs mesclun or baby romaine lettuce
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 medium beet, peeled and finely julienned into spaghetti-like strips
3 oz Alta Dena raw cheddar-style goat cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
NuNaturals stevia to taste
1 Tbsp diced sweet onion, optional
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, optional
2 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano or chives, optional


Toss all of the ingredients together in a large salad bowl and serve!

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream
Recipe from The Raw Food Detox Diet. Ice cream that isn’t ice cream at all. If you’ve never tried raw, vegan ice cream before, make this the summer you do!


3 bananas
3 Tbsp pure cocoa powder (I recommend Green & Black and Shiloh Farms)
2 Tbsp organic raw unsalted tahini
NuNaturals stevia to taste
6 organic dates, pitted, optional
3–4 cups ice cubes, about 14 cubes


Place the bananas, cocoa powder, tahini, stevia, dates, and 1/4 of the ice in a K-Tec blender, or other high-powered blender. Slowly add the remaining ice cubes, as long as the mixture is flowing and blending well. You may have to run it two or three times to use up most of the ice. You don’t have to use all the ice, just use enough to make the mixture thick. You may also wish to use a little coconut water to facilitate blending.  Makes about 4 cups.

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