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Raw Blackberry and Mango Almond Nut Pâté Salad

I am sitting in my kitchen, surrounded by furniture (that belongs in the family room) as carpet layers, window washers and air conditioning technicians swarm my house like it’s a hive. The dogs have been sent to “Auntie Jan’s” house for the day and the poor cats are locked in the courtyard so they will not escape out doors being left open for workers. It is happening again. Another move is underfoot.


Rawmazing Nut Pate Salad


Two years ago this May, I moved from my beloved Minnesota to the San Francisco Bay Area, and I couldn’t be happier. It is an enchanting place to live.

I am often asked why I moved…and I don’t talk about these things too often here as I don’t want to bore you with my personal life, but I will tell you that I moved for love.

And now it’s time to continue our journey in a new home way up “on the top of the world” with stunning views and a little piece of land for the pups to run and play on in the East Bay. It is going to be an adventure as we are embarking on an entire renovation of the new house, but it will be a lot of fun, too. The best part? I get to design a fully new kitchen from scratch. And it will be perfect for making videos for you. That is something I have been wanting to do for a long time.

If I followed the stars, I would think they would say it is a time of great positive change. Many things that seemed stuck are now moving quickly. Many plans that have been on the drawing board are on the verge of manifesting.

My focus is still mainly on raw, but I am incorporating  more whole food (non-processed) plant based (vegan) cooked food into our daily diet. I am working towards my “Professional Plant Based Chef Certification” through I have always wanted to go to culinary school, but time constraints and being vegan were the two biggest stumbling blocks that prevented that. Rouxbe, an online cooking school offers a wonderful Professional Plant Based Certification course that I am loving.

This course, along with T. Collin Campbell’s “Plant Based Nutrition Certification” which I completed last year has been life changing. Not only has my understanding of a whole food plant based diet increased dramatically, my skills in creating recipes and preparing the food, both raw and cooked, has also increased. Even if you have already established a big knowledge base, there are always things to learn.  And these two courses were pivotal for me.

It is going to be a crazy few months around here but I promise to keep you in the loop and keep the recipes coming. And maybe even share a few before and after pictures!

Today’s recipe actually originated from an assignment that I needed to complete in the raw section of my Plant Based Certification. We started with a nut pâté base and were required to layer in ingredients. I loved this assignment because it is something we do almost on a daily basis with raw.


Blackberry and Mango Almond Nut Pâté Salad

Serves 4

  • 1 cup almonds, soaked overnight rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 red pepper, seeds and pith removed, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 mango, cubed
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • Himalayan salt and fresh ground pepper
  1. Pulse almonds, pine nuts, garlic, lime juice and zest and salt until very fine dice is achieved. Do not over process.
  2. Pulse in water until just combined.
  3. Remove from food processor and stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Taste and add more salt and fresh ground pepper to your linking.
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  1. Cathy Rose wrote on May 17, 2014

    Aw! I love reading your blog! Such greats recipes and sweet ideas to try out! You’ve put a lot of hard work in this blog I Can tell! Please visit my health blogs and please stop by, I would love to learn from the best!

  2. leanne wrote on May 14, 2014

    I just love this fabulous recipe….:) more please ahahahha just can’t get enough of it

  3. Sara wrote on May 6, 2014

    This receipe is over the top! I have made many of your gourmet raw dishes in the past year and half, and I enjoy them all, BUT this nut pate is SUPER! The combination of flavours is incredible. I brought it to a party last night and you got a lots of new fans.:-) Thank you so much for filling our lives with amazing receipes.

  4. Hilary wrote on May 4, 2014

    Would love to see your plans for your new kitchen. Am looking for advice on a kitchen make-over for plant-based food prep and storage.

  5. Amanda Paa wrote on April 29, 2014

    Love watching you follow your dreams. Good luck with the classes and certification, sounds difficult but super interesting! And I can’t believe it’s already been two years since you moved. Time flies, we miss you here. xo

  6. Chris wrote on April 28, 2014

    The Raw Blackberry and Mango Almond Nut Pâté Salad was awesome! I substituted blueberries for blackberries because my veggie store was out of blackberries. Next time I make this I will be sure my mango is ripe. . mine was a bit hard and not ripened yet. I love the texture of this pate. I left the nuts a little crunchy through the food processor for more of a “crunch”. Great recipe! Thank you!

  7. Doris wrote on April 21, 2014

    This looks amazing. Will make it tonight. How many should this serve?

  8. deila wrote on April 20, 2014

    I love your site — I am new to rawmazing and look forward to trying some of these recipes. Enjoy your new city. I just visited Grace Cathedral there — it was wonderful. Your photography is gorgeous — what lens do you use for your food photography?

    • Susan wrote on April 21, 2014

      Thank you. I use a few different lenses. :-) If you are interested in shooting food, you should find a lens that you love…that gives you the shots that appeal to you the most. You can rent lenses to try them out. Cheers!

  9. Jo wrote on April 20, 2014

    This salad is fabulous! I will make it again and again! I can’t eat almonds so I picked cashews (soaked for a few hours) as a substitute. I look forward to hearing more about your new home. You’re planning videos! Yay!

  10. Ursula wrote on April 19, 2014

    Ahh I see the pint of blackberries. I must have missed that first time around. I can’t wait to try this! Your move and recent opportunities sound exciting and wonderful. What a blessing to be able to do what you love and are passionate about. Your site inspires me in so many ways…to be healthy and do what I love. I work in insurance which has afforded me many opportunities, even travel to India. But it’s not what I am passionate about. I am returning to college this fall and working on my health for me. Seeing this lovely, raw food keeps me thinking…. yes this is possible! Thanks!


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