Coconuts make a lovely base for salad dressings, especially when mixed with delicious spices like curry and ginger. We recently bought a whole case of coconuts, and I’ve been using the water for my morning smoothies and ice creams, and the fruit/jelly for salad dressings – creamy and light at the same time.

How to Open a Coconut

I’ve tried many ways of opening coconuts, and have found the quickest one to be using a cleaver (funny enough – this is the kind of “meat” cleaver I love to use!) and a coconut buddie. This little plastic thing seems like it’s no good – but trust me, it makes taking out the flesh of the coconut a breeze! I first make some cracks around the parameter of the top of the coconut using my cleaver. Make sure you make a wide enough circle, so that taking out the flesh is easier. After you make a few cracks in a circle, you can use your cleaver to remove a circle portion off the top of the coconut, and then use the coconut buddie to remove the flesh (look at their website for precise directions – it’s very easy).

Coconut Curry Salad Dressing

Raw Vegan Creamy Coconut Curry Dressing


  • flesh of 1 young Thai coconut
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 very small zucchinis or 1 large
  • pinch of salt
  • small chunk of ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large green onion
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon


  • Blend all ingredients together until very smooth.
  • Top a plate of greens with this dressing, adding any vegetables that you like to it.


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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.