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This vegan aguachile verde recipe (Aguachile Estilo Nayarit) is spicy, tangy, and designed to be eaten on the beach on top of tostadas with a nice cold beer! In this vegan version, oyster mushrooms are marinated in a lime juice, cilantro, and serrano pepper mixture then mixed with sliced crisp cucumber and sliced red onion.

Oyster mushrooms on a marble backdrop

What is Aguachile?

Aguachile (literally chile water) is a type of ceviche thought to have originated on the coasts of Sinaloa. It is traditionally made with shrimp and like ceviche consists of marinating fresh seafood in a lime juice-chile mixture. It differs from other ceviches in that the marinating time is much shorter and the marinating mixture is very spicy. You can find aguachile verde and aguachile rojo as well. It is usually served as an appetizer on tostadas.

Shredded oyster mushrooms in a glass bowl. A lime squeezer and lime beside it.

Our Vegan Mexico Project

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of the Mexican union.

Green serrano-lime salsa in blender container.

 

With this project, I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S., and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet. This recipe, which is representing the state of Nayarit, is the creation of the talented Kimberly Rosales from @vivaverduras and here she is sharing her story with us.

Serrano-lime salsa poured over cucumber and onion in large stainless steel bowl.

Kimberly’s Story:

I decided to change my diet in Junior high (age 13) to a vegetarian based diet after making a bet with a friend on who can go the longest. After discovering PETA and watching a few of their videos, I was motivated to make it an actual real diet of mine.

Salsa mixed with red onion and cucumbers in a large stainless bowl.

After a couple of years struggling on how to eat without meat, and getting tired of pb&j sandwiches, I discovered my passion for cooking and creating recipes that catered to my diet. In 2011, I was convinced to incorporate seafood in my diet and I became pescatarian for a couple of years. After not feeling right, I watched a video from a Youtuber named FreeLee.

Mushrooms added to salsa, cucumber-onion mixture in a large stainless steel bowl.

Although I didn’t agree with a lot with her or her choices, I did come to a realization that I didn’t want to consume any fish or dairy products. I actually changed my diet cold turkey (no pun intended) and went fully plant-based. I had a few occasional slip-ups but fully committed this past year. After discovering the endless substitutes, I found there was no need to go back.  Now, I look to encourage and educate those in my community to try out a plant-based diet and show the versatility of recipes that one can create. My goal is to share my idea of, “Add the veggies, keep the culture!”

Vegan aguachile verde on a blue talavera plate on top of a melon colored cloth napkin.

 

The Vegan Aguachile Verde Recipe

To make this authentic Mexican recipe vegan oyster mushrooms are used to replace the shrimp. The earthiness and texture of the mushrooms make it the perfect substitute. Without a doubt, this is the best aguachile recipe out there!

Close up of vegan aguachile verde on a blue talavera plate

  • It might seem like this is way too much lime juice, but I promise it’s not.
  • You can reduce the number of chiles if you can’t take the heat.
  • If mushrooms aren’t your thing you can make aguachile with hearts of palm.
  • Serve this with tostadas, avocado, and a nice cold beer.
Vegan aguachile verde on a blue talavera plate on top of a melon colored cloth napkin.
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Vegan Aguachile Verde (Aguachile Estilo Nayarit)

Vegan Aguachile Verde recipe, in this vegan version oyster mushrooms, are used to replace the shrimp. Serve with tostadas and avocado.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword aguachile, ceviche, vegan mexican recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Marinating time 4 hours
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
144 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

Salsa:

  • 2 Serrano peppers
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • ¼ White onion
  • 4 Limes
  • 1 cup Cilantro, stems removed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Aguachile:

  • 7-8 King Oyster Mushrooms, medium size (about 1.25 lb.)
  • 2 Cucumbers, peeled and gutted
  • 1 Red onion, thinly sliced
  • 5 Limes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 Small seaweed sheets crumpled and sprinkled before serving

Preparation

Preparing the mushrooms:

  1. Clean mushrooms with a damp towel, do not wash since it will change the texture of the mushroom. Cut the mushroom stems, you can cut the top as well but I like the texture
  2. Shred them with two forks so they have a "shredded chicken" look. Place them in a large bowl, and marinate with 4-5 squeezed limes and pink salt, refrigerate for about 4 hours (I marinated mine over night.)

To make the salsa:

  1. Place the serrano peppers, garlic, onion, juice of 4 limes, and cilantro in the blender and process until smooth.

Making the aguachile:

  1. Cut the cucumbers in half and gut the cucumber so they resemble a “c” shape, slice thinly. Cut the onion into thin slices. Add cucumbers and onions to a large bowl.
  2. Pour serrano salsa over the cucumber/onion mix. Marinate for 2 – 4 hours. (I marinated it overnight.) Squeeze additional lime juice if needed, I like it very citrusy but this is optional.
  3. After the marinating time is done, combine mushrooms and cucumber/onion mix, add salt to taste, and top with avocado and extra cilantro.

  4. I like to add my seaweed right before serving so it doesn't get too soggy.

Chef's Notes

• It might seem like this is way too much lime juice, but I promise it’s not.

• You can reduce the amount of chiles if you can’t take the heat.

• If mushrooms aren’t your thing you can make aguachile with hearts of palm.

• Serve this with tostadas, avocado, and a nice cold beer.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Aguachile Verde (Aguachile Estilo Nayarit)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Potassium 1059mg 30%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 9.6%
Vitamin C 65.3%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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It seems like this year might be the year of cauliflower. It’s all I see in my Pinterest feed, cauliflower tacos, cauliflower buffalo wings, cauliflower rice, cauliflower pizza crust, etc. This is my take on vegan ceviche, and of course, I used cauliflower! This is a favorite during Lent or when you’re craving “seafood” dishes. Cauliflower is the perfect substitute for fish in this cauliflower ceviche. It, of course, does not taste fishy, but you can add dulse flakes or ground up nori seaweed to get that fishiness. Either way, this makes a wonderfully satisfying dish.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

Ceviche differs from country to country. In Mexico you can find ceviche in a hot sauce/ketchup base or with tomato, chile, and onion. I chose the version without the ketchup. First, cook the cauliflower in boiling water for two-four minutes then drop into a bowl of ice water. Chop it up and mix with cut tomato, onion, serrano pepper, cilantro, and lime juice. Let it marinate for 30 minutes. The result is a tangy, spicy, and refreshing appetizer. Serve with tostadas or chips, and avocado.

Cauliflower ceviche stuffed into an avocado half

 

If you happen to not be a fan of cauliflower you can make this vegan ceviche with mushrooms, hearts of palm, or even coconut. For a touch of sweetness, you could add mango, and red onion instead of white. However, the key to the best vegan ceviche is to let it marinate enough time for the flavors to develop.

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to male appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

What are some other ways you like to enjoy cauliflower? Hope you like the recipe. Enjoy!

The Recipe: Cauliflower Ceviche

  • Let your ceviche marinate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavor develop. If possible a couple of hours before would be best.
  • Add 1 tbsp. of nori or dulse flakes to give this ceviche a fishy flavor.
  • Cook the cauliflower according to your preference. Cooking it for 2 minutes still leaves it crunchy. When you cook it for 4-5 minutes then the cauliflower is tender.
  • You can use jalapeño peppers instead of serrano.
Cauliflower ceviche stuffed into an avocado half
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Cauliflower Ceviche

This recipe for cauliflower ceviche is tangy, spicy, and refreshing. It is an easy to make appetizer. Serve with chips and avocado.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword cauliflower, vegan ceviche
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
201 kcal
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 hd. Cauliflower, medium, cut into florets
  • 1 cup Tomato, diced
  • 1 cup Cucumber, peeled, deseeded, diced
  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced
  • ½ cup Onion, white, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 2 Avocadoes

Preparation

  1. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot set to high heat.
  2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  3. Drop cauliflower into the boiling water and cook for 2 - 4 minutes. (see note)

  4. Drain cauliflower and place in the bowl with ice water. Let cool.
  5. Chop cauliflower into small pieces.
  6. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, tomato, cucumber, onion, chile, cilantro, and lime juice and mix well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, and let marinate for 30 min.
  8. Adjust seasoning and serve on top of avocado halves with chips or tostadas.

Recipe Video

Chef's Notes

  • Let your ceviche marinate for at least 30 minutes to let the flavor develop. If possible a couple of hours before would be best.
  • Add 1 tbsp. of nori or dulse flakes to give this ceviche a fishy flavor.
  • Cook the cauliflower according to your preference. Cooking it for 2 minutes still leaves it crunchy. When you cook it for 4-5 minutes then the cauliflower is tender.
  • You can use jalapeño peppers instead of serrano.

 

Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Ceviche
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Potassium 881mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 15.4%
Vitamin C 29.7%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 10.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

This habanero hearts of palm ceviche will transport you to the Mexican Caribbean with the combination of habanero, hearts of palm, onion, tomato, and cilantro marinated in lime juice. You can serve it on tostadas, eat with chips or even serve it as a salad. Hearts of palm is a great option for making vegan ceviche, it has a flaky texture but a firm bite, and it absorbs perfectly the flavors of the marinade.

Ingredients for hearts of palm ceviche in a glass bowl.

This recipe is part of an amazing project called Our Vegan Mexico, where 32 talented cooks will be showcasing, right here on Dora’s Table, 32 vegan Mexican recipes. Each recipe will be representing one state of  the Mexican union. With this project I am hoping to encourage the Mexican community in the U.S. and the people of my country to take a chance and make the change to a plant-based diet.

Ingredients for hearts of palm ceviche in a glass bowl.

This recipe is by Alessandro Scetta an Italian vegan chef who has lived in Cancun for more than 15 years, and his recipe is representing Quintana Roo. Quintana Roo is a southern Mexican state bordered by the Caribbean ocean, full of amazing beaches, ruins, and a seafood dominated cuisine.

Ingredients for hearts of palm ceviche in a glass bowl mixed

It is a popular tourist destination, as it is where Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cancún are located. Alessandro has transformed the classic Quintana Roo conch ceviche into this delicious and refreshing vegan hearts of palm ceviche.

Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.

Alessandro’s Vegan Journey

My name is Alessandro Scetta, and I am Italian, born in Naples, and I have been living in Cancún for the last 15 years. I have been vegan since 2013, a decision that I made for health reasons. However, my eyes were quickly opened to the great animal suffering that is behind the meat, dairy, and entertainment industry, and many others.

Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.

Now I can say with certainty that I am vegan for the animals, but of course my health has also received incredible benefits. And since cooking is my thing, I dedicated myself to veganizing a lot of the dishes of my homeland, and of course my second homeland, Mexico. All this so I could tell my family and friends……you can still eat delicious and mouthwatering meals without having to eat animals, plus your health and the planet will benefit.

¿My favorite ingredient? Eggplant
¿My favorite Mexican dish? Chiles en Nogada (vegan of course)
¿Mi favorite regional Mexican cuisine? Yucatán cuisine

You can follow Alessandro on Facebook: @CocinaUrbanaVegana and Instagram: @alessandro_scetta

Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.

The Recipe: Habanero Hearts of Palm Ceviche

This recipe is really easy!! Combine all the ingredients let marinate and you’re set to go.

  • You might have to try several brands of hearts of palm and see which one you like best. Some are more tender than others.
  • The recipe calls for 1 whole habanero, but if you don’t eat a lot of spicy food I would only use 1/2 or even a 1/3 of a pepper.
  • Oil is optional.

Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.

Hearts of palm ceviche on a blue plate with chips, and a beer.
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Habanero Hearts of Palm Ceviche

This vegan hearts of palm ceviche will transport you to Mexico with the combination of habanero, lime juice, tomato, onion and hearts of palm 
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword heartsofpalm, veganceviche, veganmexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
115 kcal
Author Dora S.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (14 oz.) Hearts of palm, drained
  • 3 Plum tomatoes, pulp removed, diced
  • ½ Red onion, finely diced
  • 1 Habanero pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh
  • 3 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Chopped cilantro or to taste

Preparation

  1. Cut the hearts of palm in slices or half-moon pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the hearts of palm, tomato, onion, and habanero pepper.
  3. Add the lime juice, olive oil, and cilantro. Mix well. (Hold off on seasoning it.)
  4. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 min.
  5. Season with salt and mix to combine.
  6. Serve with chips or tostadas.

Recipe Video

Chef's Notes

You might have to try several brands of hearts of palm and see which one you like best. Some are more tender than others. The recipe calls for 1 whole habanero, but if you don't eat a lot of spicy food I would add 1/2 or even a 1/3 of a pepper. Oil is optional. Avocado would go really well with this.

Nutrition Facts
Habanero Hearts of Palm Ceviche
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 253mg 11%
Potassium 213mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 16.7%
Vitamin C 19.8%
Calcium 1%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here are some more delicious vegan ceviche recipes:

Cauliflower Ceviche

Hearts of Palm Aguachile

 

Aguachile is traditional Mexican dish, similar to ceviche, served on the coast of Mexico. It is usually made with shrimp. If you had been wondering how to make aguachile vegan look no more. For this vegan version I have used hearts of palm as the main ingredient. The tanginess of the lime intermixes with the spiciness of the serranos, and the crunchiness of the red onion really lifts up the hearts of palm. Eat it on it’s own or on a salad, but I think it’s best served on crispy tostadas with creamy avocado slices and a nice cold beer.

Spicy Hearts of Palm Ceviche

I know most of you are already in full swing of pumpkin season, but I’m kind of still stuck in summer, since the heat doesn’t seem to want to die down here. What better to cool down the than a spicy hearts of palm aguachile or ceviche??

 

Spicy Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Halloween is right around the corner and it look like it’s going to be Star Wars crazy. Up until a couple of weeks ago I had never watched a single one of the Star Wars movies. I can’t blame this one on growing up in Mexico, because I know there are a lot of Mexican Star Wars fans out there.

aguachile de palmito

Maybe it’s because I have three sisters, and no brothers. However, ask me anything about Disney movies and I can probably answer in a heart beat. Since the new Star Wars movie is coming out in December my husband has been introducing me to the series. I’ve mostly enjoyed it, but I do have to say I find C-3PO very annoying. A lot of things make sense now though, like Indiana Jones and a thousand other cultural references. I can’t believe it took me so long to watch them.

Aguachile in a molcajete, how to make aguachile vegan

The Recipe: How to make Aguachile vegan??

  • You might have to try several brands of hearts of palm and see which one you like best. Some are more tender than others.
  • The recipe calls for 1 serrano pepper, but if you don’t eat a lot of spicy food I would only use 1/2 or even a 1/3 of a pepper.
  • Enjoy!

 

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Hearts of Palm Aguachile (How to make aguachile vegan?)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Dora Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14.1 oz) Hearts of Palm, sliced
  • 2 cups Sliced cucumber, peeled and without seeds
  • ½ Red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • ½ - 1 Serrano pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice, fresh

Preparation

  1. Drain the water from the hearts of palm can. Slice them in half lengthwise and slice them ¼ inch thick.
  2. Peel the cucumber, cut lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Do not discard the seeds and flesh.
  3. In a large bowl combine the hearts of palm, 1 cup of the sliced cucumber, and the sliced red onion.
  4. In the blender, combine the serrano pepper, lime juice, chopped cilantro, the additional 1 cup of sliced cucumber, the seeds and flesh that was scooped out of the cucumbers, and process until smooth.
  5. Pour this liquid over the hearts of palm mixture, season with salt and pepper, and let sit in refrigeration for 10 min.
  6. Adjust seasoning and serve on crispy tostadas with sliced of avocado.

Chef's Notes

You can add crumbled seaweed or seaweed powder to make this fishy.