Quantcast

Fresh Take at Luna's Living Kitchen

Owner Juliana Luna on the restaurant's “Lunasagna”



Taylor Mathis

Luna’s raw, vegan take on this Italian staple is light, fresh, and delicious. It’s served chilled—you won’t mistake it for the three-inch-thick lasagna your grandmother used to make, and that's a good thing.

“I’ve always eaten this way—organic, local, vegan—and I’ve nourished my family this way,” Luna says. “This Lunasagna took a lot of experimenting in my kitchen at home until I got it right, but once I did, I knew it had to go on the menu.” 

Side Salad
The greens in the side salad are organic, local, and hydroponically grown at Tega Hills Farm in Fort Mill, S.C. Also included are microgreens, sprouts, lentils, mung beans, and sweet potatoes. Grated walnuts and Brazil nuts are a flavorful garnish.

Red Sauce
The sauce is made from a blend of fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, and onions, adding a slightly tangy, slightly spicy zest to the dish. The coolness of the sauce mixed with just a hint of spice is reminiscent of an Italian-inspired gazpacho.

Cashew Basil Cheese
This vegan cashew cheese with basil has the same consistency of ricotta. Light and airy, the basil adds a hint of sweetness. “I love cashews, because you can do anything with them,” Luna says. “They have a high fat content, so you can make a cheese, a sour cream—even an ice cream. The cashew cheese with basil was perfect for my lasagna.”

Zucchini “Noodles”
Instead of using whole wheat, rice, quinoa, or some other variant on traditional pasta noodles, Luna layers thinly sliced zucchini to form the Lunasagna. The vegetable substitute adds a nice crunch. It’s not exactly the same texture as the traditional pasta, but similar enough that the mild zucchini adds an element that’s missing in conventional lasagna—texture.

 

More »Related Stories

Cajun Queen Strikes Several Notes

Restaurant an Elizabeth staple since 1985

Guest Post From Asheville: Beer Like Grandma Used To Make

Asheville's Wicked Weed Brewery has a Milk & Cookies Stout, but wouldn't you rather have milk and cookies instead?

Mountain Cabin Cuisine: Stone Mountain Grill

This restauant offers familiar cuisine in a warm atmosphere

Baku Brings New Flavors to SouthPark

A trendy and traditional take on Japanese cuisine

We invite your responses and discussion. Please refrain from personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, or non sequiturs.

Add your comment:

Blogs »


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

McCrory's Coal Ash Proposal: All Sizes Fit One

Gov. McCrory's proposed coal ash legislation sounds like a strong step toward forcing Duke Energy to clean the stuff up. It's not. Here's why.

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Spring Feasts

Ham, matzah, lamb, potatoes, and eggs, oh my. Passover kicked off Monday and Easter is coming up, so I've got a meal plan ready for you if you've put it off till now.

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Coming This Fall: RockSalt

Owner Travis Croxton on his new space at Park Road Shopping Center, his family's oyster farm, and his love of Price's Chicken Coop

Comments


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

Matthews Market Opens for Spring this Saturday

After a snowy winter and early spring cold snap, farmers and customers are eager to return

Comments


Dusk Till Dawn

Jarvis Holliday Chronicles Charlotte's Nightlife and Social Scene, Straight No Chaser

Nightlife News: Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar Opens, Rebranding Leads to 3 Trade, and Dharma Lounge Prepares to Close

Keep up with the changing landscape in Charlotte’s nightlife scene.

Comments


On Tap

Matt McKenzie on Craft Beer in Charlotte

Charlotte’s first growler fill store to open this summer

Located in SouthEnd, The Beer Growler will have 45 taps

Comments


Dusk Till Dawn

Jarvis Holliday Chronicles Charlotte's Nightlife and Social Scene, Straight No Chaser

Springtime Events, ‘Illmatic’ Tribute Party, Cigars and Stilettos, Oak Room’s First Anniversary, and More April 17-20

The days leading up to Easter are quite eventful in Charlotte. Your social itinerary awaits.

Comments


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

Carowinds in Bloom

The springtime festival continues through the weekend with flowers, cooking demos, and craft beer

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Sow Much Good

Providing fresh produce and farm goods to those in urban deserts, Sow Much Good has reopened

Comments


Revue

Andy Smith on Charlotte Arts & Culture

This Weekend in Charlotte (4/16/14): Blue Man Group, Springsteen, & Local Natives

Comments


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

The 'Republican Civil War'

A Monday afternoon sampler.

Comments


On Tap

Matt McKenzie on Craft Beer in Charlotte

NoDa Brewing takes gold in World Beer Cup

Hop, Drop ‘N Roll lays claim to top American IPA

Comments


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

The Mint's 61st Annual Room to Bloom

From a book signing with an international designer to an elegant evening outdoors, this fund-raiser is packed opportunities

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Concerts in the Round

South Charlotte will host Concerts in the Round again this summer and the fun kicks off soon

Comments


Revue

Andy Smith on Charlotte Arts & Culture

Will Springsteen Cover a Local Song Saturday?

Comments


Making Pictures

Photographs from Charlotte and beyond

#OpeningKnight

Comments


Charlotte at Home

Creating Your Space in the Queen City

4 Local Plant Sales this Weekend

Get out and make your purchases

Comments


Poking the Hornet's Nest

Greg Lacour on Politics

Tillis's 'Big Boy Pants' and the Creeping Tyranny of Toll Roads

A leaked recording of Thom Tillis unveils a silly phrase and the warped mindset of his GOP opponents.

Comments


Dine & Dish

News, Notes, and Gossip About the Charlotte Restaurant Scene

Easter Brunches in Charlotte

Easter is next Sunday, April 20, so make those reservations if you want a special brunch out with family and friends

Comments


Revue

Andy Smith on Charlotte Arts & Culture

Charlotte Knights' Opening Day Schedule (And Six More Weekend Events)

Comments