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Vegan Agenda brings back Frisch’s deli salads

When Frisch Compassionate Eatery closed its doors to focus on a line of vegan jerky, it left a hole in the heart of Salt Lake’s dining scene. Known for its craveable salads, Frisch made plant-based believers out of even the most hard-core carnivores.

Frisch has rebranded and reopened as Vegan Agenda. Selling its addictive vegan jerky under the Frisch Vegan Foods brand along with operating a small retail selection of the most coveted vegan items, Vegan Agenda is Salt Lake’s first and only all-vegan mini-mart. Stop by for a jerky fix, pick up pastries from Cakewalk Vegan Bakery—which shares the space—and stock up on delicious housemade deli salads.

These cold-case salads are what made Frisch famous. And now you can take them home for $6 per 12-ounce tub. It’s more affordable than dining out, and you can make a decent meal with minimal effort.

Start with the eggless salad. It’s so creamy and rich, you’d never guess you were eating tofu. Just add a sprinkling of salt, pepper and smoked paprika if you’re fancy, and you’re good to go. The first thing you’ll want to do is make an eggless salad sandwich on good white bread with mayo, pickles, tomatoes and fresh lettuce. That’s one of my favorite summertime meals—ideal for a picnic or a happy desk lunch.

The faux chicken salads made with soy curls are also noteworthy. Made from whole soybeans grown without GMOs and chemical pesticides, soy curls are high in protein, a great source of fiber and are gluten-free. Their meaty, chewy texture absorbs flavor beautifully. These salads are good straight out of the container, but I’d suggest making a pita bread sandwich with peppery arugula.

The curry cashew “chicken” salad is delightful. Soy curls are mixed with red pepper, crunchy celery, cashews and plump golden raisins. The curry flavor is on point. Another great option is the dill “chicken” salad that’s studded with Craisins. While a bit on the sweet side, a healthy dose of dill and a creamy dressing balances out the flavor. Crunchy bits like sliced almonds and celery make it extra tasty.

The Broccoli Burst salad is my absolute favorite. Maybe that’s because it’s best right out of the container. It doesn’t need to be added to a sandwich or served with greens—you can just dig in. This flavorful salad is made with organic broccoli, sweet red peppers and red onions, plump golden raisins and hemp seeds dressed in a creamy, tangy garlic dressing. The housemade maple “bacon” bits bring it all home—the meaty texture along with the sweet and savory flavor make this salad memorable. You’d never guess that broccoli could be so divine, and it’s only $5 for a 12-ounce container.

But wait, there are even more options in the small deli fridge. Don’t miss the chickpea salads. Smashed chickpeas have a great texture and are a good option if you’re avoiding soy. Depending on the day, there’s either the Buffalo chickpea salad, or the TuNo, an impressive stand-in for tuna salad.

They also have a lot more to grab and go, such as vegan soft serve, tasty frozen burritos and raw cookie dough from Cakewalk Baking Co.

Vegan Agenda is located in a small strip mall, and if you’re not paying attention, you might miss it. There’s no sign on the outside of the building, only one in the front window, so you have to be in the know—and now you are! Follow Vegan Agenda on Instagram (vegan_agenda) and Facebook for daily specials and more.

Vegan Agenda
145 E. 1300 South, SLC

Mock Meats That Beef Up a Salad

Turn your salad into a proper meal with plant-based protein. Your tastebuds will be none the wiser—mock meats are just as tasty and as satisfying as the real thing.

Head to your neighborhood grocery store for Gardein products in the frozen-food aisle. Imitation chicken tenders, crabless cakes and fishless filets are delicious on a salad, adding both texture and protein.

Visit the natural-foods section to discover Tofurky and Field Roast. These brands offer mock chicken, beef and ham made with seitan, a flavorful meat substitute derived from wheat. Try Tofurky’s Slow Roasted Chik’n for your next Caesar salad. The Celebration Roast from Field Roast is a great stand-in for ham. It’s ready to eat—just dice it up.

Plant-based proteins are better for your heart than animal proteins, with less saturated fat and no cholesterol.

You’ll also be cutting your carbon footprint and conserving water, not to mention being kinder to animals.

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