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The Laughing Seed invites you to experience our summer menu. We are excited about several seasonal entrees that are light and flavorful – perfect for the warmer months. We continue to broaden our culinary scope to include even more of our favorite flavors from around the world and to utilize the seasonal organic vegetables coming to us from various regional growers. We are pleased to feature other fantastic local products as well, including cheeses from Three Graces Dairy, bread from Annie’s Bakery and Eat More Bakery, tempeh from Smiling Hara, mustard from Lusty Monk, kombucha by Buchi, and a variety of ales from Green Man, to name just a few. Of course, many of our finest menu items are housemade. We’re now even baking our burger buns, focaccia, pita, and specialty breads in house.

Global fusion is very much alive at the Laughing Seed. Dine with us, and you can experience the fresh, complex tastes of Thailand, as well as the simple, but intensely satisfying, flavors of the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Sunflower seed pesto and cashew nut ricotta form a deliciously satisfying filling for our raw Spinach Pesto Manicotti. Our sushi offering changes nightly, as do our pasta specials and authentic Indian thali plates. And nothing comforts like our classic Harmony Bowl, Tempeh Reuben, or Tico Burrito. In addition to preserving our guest favorites, we’ve added several new dishes to our summer menu. Our Blackened Portobello, Eggplant Parmesan, Pasta Primavera, and Beer-Battered Avocado Tacos are sure to quickly become your new craving items.

Our new dessert menu is light, but decadently delicious, featuring several gluten free and vegan options created by pastry chefs, Jericho and Kelley. Don’t miss our raw, vegan, gluten-free cheesecake and Mint Chocolate Macaroons. With ice cream and sorbet from The Hop, there is bound to be something on the menu to satisfy your summer sweet tooth!

With a menu that includes vegan, raw, and gluten-free options, all healthful, freshly prepared, and delicious, there is truly something for everyone at Laughing Seed! We invite you to come and taste our revolutionary vegetarian cuisine, which has been crafted with the utmost care and respect for the culinary traditions that inspire us. We hope you will celebrate the area’s bounty with us and share your thoughts on the latest blossom of the Seed…

See you soon,
Joan and Joe Eckert, and the staff of the Laughing Seed
 


 

LUNCH MENU



appetizers



HUMMUS TRIO (V, GFI option) $9

Spicy black bean dip, traditional chickpea hummus, and a grilled vegetable pate.
Served with house made whole wheat pita or organic blue corn chips.

PAKORAS (V option, GFI) $6/$9

Your choice of two or four of our popular Indian style fritters made with chickpea batter and seasonal vegetables.
Served with our delicious Punjabi sauce and organic yogurt for dipping.

MAKIZUSHI $9

Our veggie filled nori rolls change daily. Please ask your server about today’s selection.
Served with house made pickled ginger and wasabi.

HOUSE “FAUX”CUTERIE PLATE (V, GFI option) $12

A vegan “charcuterie” board with house cured, pickled and smoked vegetables.
Served with savory condiments, house made crackers and crostini. Ask your server about today’s selection.

JALAPENO ONION FRIES (V, GFI) $6.5

Hand cut russet potatoes fried with jalapenos and onions.
Served with ketchup. For our insanely good vegan chipotle ranch dressing add .75.

SOUP of the DAY

Ask your server about today’s creation.


salads



Dressings (V, GFI) – Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette, Asian Fusion, Chipotle Ranch,
Lemon Tahini, Sesame Ginger, Mustard Seed Vinaigrette, and Raw Tangy Tahini
Additions: Avocado $2, hummus $3


SIDE SALAD (V, GFI) $5

Mixed greens, grated carrots, red cabbage, red onion, and cukes

LAUGHING SEED SALAD (V, GFI) $11

Organic spring mix, Romaine lettuce, grated carrot, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber,
red onion, blanched broccoli, mung bean and clover sprouts topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

LOTUS BOWL (V, GFI) $13

A layer of brown rice, Romaine lettuce, mixed greens and salad veggies,
topped with red cabbage kraut, avocado, sprouts, seeds and your choice of dressing.

CHEF’S SALAD – (V option, GFI) $13

Our spin on the traditional favorite.
Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, and assorted salad veggies topped with grilled dry rubbed tempeh,
cured portabella mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and hard boiled egg.

ASIAN FANTASIAN (V, GFI) $12

Rice noodles, nappa cabbage, mixed greens, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean sprouts,
bell peppers, grated carrot and cilantro tossed with sweet chili-peanut dressing.

TICO TACO SALAD (V option, GFI option) $14

A fried tortilla bowl layered with Romaine lettuce and mixed greens, black beans, rice, shredded cheddar cheese,
spiced chorizo-style tofu, salsa, guacamole, cherry tomatoes, red onion and fresh jalapenos.
Dressed with chipotle ranch.

MEDITERRANEAN (V option, GFI option) $12

Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and red bell pepper
tossed in champagne-Dijon vinaigrette and topped with sheep/goat feta and house cured olives.
Served with whole wheat pita.


sandwiches



Unless indicated all sandwiches are served with your choice of our side of the day or blue corn chips and a house made pickle.
Vegan Daiya cheese or gluten free bread/buns are also available.


THE SEED BURGER (V, GFI option) $11

A black bean, beet, carrot and onion burger seasoned with roasted garlic and Worcestershire.
Served on a vegan bun with horseradish sauce lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.
Add: Swiss, cheddar, goat or feta $1 Avocado $2

PAV BHAJI (V, GFI option) $12

A grilled spiced mixture of potato, spinach, cauliflower, tomato, peas, peppers and cilantro
scooped onto open faced grilled buns with avocado and Punjabi chutney.
Served with a small salad.

REUBEN (V option, GFI option) $11

Grilled and marinated “pastrami” style dry rubbed tempeh, Swiss cheese, grilled onions,
house made purple kraut and Thousand Island dressing on grilled marble rye.

SLOPPY JO (V, GFI option) $10

A tangy tofu barbecue served on a bun with lettuce, southern slaw, and tahini mustard sauce.

SEVEN SEAS FILET (V, GFI option) $11

A nori sheet folded around a filling of lemony quinoa and oyster mushrooms, then tempura battered and fried.
Served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce.

THE LOCAL (V option, GFI option) $10

Grilled Gouda cheese with roasted mushrooms and onions. Creamy, decadent, delicious.


entrées



VILLE TACOS (V option, GFI) $10

Two corn tortillas filled with our chorizo style grilled tofu, shredded cabbage, marinated onions, Jack cheese, tomato and cilantro.
Served with a side of black beans and rice.

HARMONY BOWL (V, GFI) small $10/ large $14

Layers of organic brown rice, organic black beans, grilled and marinated organic tofu or tempeh,
steamed seasonal veggies and our addictive sesame ginger sauce.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BURRITO (V option ) $13

Spicy “chorizo” tofu, grilled peppers and onions, black beans, brown rice, and spinach,
tossed in chipotle barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar cheese and salsa.
Served with a small salad and blue corn chips.

LOW COUNTRY ROLLUPS $12

Our sweet and tangy tofu barbecue wrapped in whole wheat flour wraps
and topped with cheddar cheese and tahini mustard sauce.
Served with blue corn chips and southern slaw.


raw entrées



SPINACH PESTO MANICOTTI (V, GFI) $15

Zucchini “noodles” stuffed with cashew ricotta and sunflower seed-spinach pesto.
Served over sundried tomato marinara with house marinated olives

DRAGON BOWL (V, GFI) $14

Layers of cauliflower “rice,” seasonal veggies, arugula, avocado, and sunflower-beet





DINNER MENU



appetizers



HUMMUS TRIO (V, GFI option) $9

Spicy black bean dip, traditional chickpea hummus, and a grilled vegetable pate.
Served with house made whole wheat pita or organic blue corn chips.

PAKORAS (V option, GFI) $6/$9

Your choice of two or four of our popular Indian style fritters made with chickpea batter and seasonal vegetables.
Served with our delicious Punjabi sauce and organic yogurt for dipping.

MAKIZUSHI $9

Our veggie filled nori rolls change daily. Please ask your server about today’s selection.
Served with house made pickled ginger and wasabi.

HOUSE “FAUX”CUTERIE PLATE (V, GFI option) $12

A vegan “charcuterie” board with house cured, pickled and smoked vegetables.
Served with savory condiments, house made crackers and crostini. Ask your server about today’s selection.

JALAPENO ONION FRIES (V, GFI) $6.5

Hand cut russet potatoes fried with jalapenos and onions.
Served with ketchup. For our insanely good vegan chipotle ranch dressing add .75

LOCAL CHEESE PLATE (GFI option)

Changes daily. Please ask your server about today’s options from Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery.
Served with our ginger-date chutney and house baked cherry walnut toast.

SOUP of the DAY

Ask your server about today’s creation.


small plates



STUFFED AVOCADO (V, GFI) $8

A perfectly ripe avocado half filled with seasoned “cauliflower” rice and topped with Romesco sauce.
Garnished with cured poblano peppers.

OASIS QUINOA (V option, GFI) $7

A blend of quinoa, dates, parsley, red pepper, and smoked almonds.
Served with orange-yogurt dressing.

PIEROGIS $8

Traditional potato filled pastry with local porter béchamel and candied shallots on a bed of wilted kale.

BEET TARTARE (V, GFI option) $7

Diced beets blended with capers, mustard, onion, parsley and spices served on crostini with cashew ricotta.

GRILLED CAESAR (V option, GFI option) $7

hopped grilled romaine lettuce with shaved parmesan, house croutons and vegan Caesar dressing.

POBLANO “SARDINES” (V, GFI option) $5

House cured poblano peppers with roasted garlic oil and crostini.


salads



Dressings (V, GFI) – Champagne Dijon Vinaigrette, Asian Fusion, Chipotle Ranch,
Lemon Tahini, Sesame Ginger, Mustard Seed Vinaigrette, and Raw Tangy Tahini
Additions: House made Purple Kraut $1.5, Avocado $2, hummus $3


SIDE SALAD (V, GFI) $5

Mixed greens, grated carrots, red cabbage, red onion, and cukes.

LAUGHING SEED SALAD (V, GFI) $11

Organic spring mix, Romaine lettuce, grated carrot, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumber,
red onion, blanched broccoli, mung bean and clover sprouts topped with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

LOTUS BOWL (V, GFI) $13

A layer of brown rice, Romaine lettuce, mixed greens and salad veggies,
topped with red cabbage kraut, avocado, sprouts, seeds and your choice of dressing.

CHEF’S SALAD – (V option, GFI) $13

Our spin on the traditional favorite. Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, and assorted salad veggies
topped with grilled dry rubbed tempeh, cured portabella mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and hard boiled egg.

ASIAN FANTASIAN (V, GFI) $12

Rice noodles, nappa cabbage, mixed greens, shiitake mushrooms, mung bean sprouts,
bell peppers, grated carrot and cilantro tossed with sweet chili-peanut dressing.

MEDITERRANEAN (V option, GFI option) $12

Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and red bell pepper
tossed in champagne-Dijon vinaigrette and topped with sheep/goat feta and house cured olives.
Served with whole wheat pita.


sandwiches



Unless indicated all sandwiches are served with your choice of our side of the day or blue corn chips and a house made pickle.
Vegan Daiya cheese or gluten free bread/buns are also available.


THE SEED BURGER (V, GFI option) $11

A black bean, beet, carrot and onion burger seasoned with roasted garlic and Worcestershire.
Served on a vegan bun with horseradish sauce lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles.
Add: Swiss, cheddar, goat or feta $1 Avocado $2

REUBEN (V option, GFI option) $11

Grilled and marinated “pastrami” style dry rubbed tempeh, Swiss cheese, grilled onions,
house made purple kraut and Thousand Island dressing on grilled marble rye.

SLOPPY JO (V, GFI option) $10

A tangy tofu barbecue served on a bun with lettuce, southern slaw, and tahini mustard sauce.


entrées



HARMONY BOWL (V, GFI) small $10/ large $14

Layers of organic brown rice, organic black beans, grilled and marinated organic tofu or tempeh,
steamed seasonal veggies and our addictive sesame ginger sauce.

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST BURRITO (V option ) $13

Spicy “chorizo” tofu, grilled peppers and onions, black beans, brown rice, and spinach,
tossed in chipotle barbecue sauce and topped with cheddar cheese and salsa.
Served with a small salad and blue corn chips.

LOW COUNTRY ROLLUPS $12

Our sweet and tangy tofu barbecue wrapped in whole wheat flour wraps
and topped with cheddar cheese and tahini mustard sauce.
Served with blue corn chips and southern slaw.

THAI PANANG CURRY (V, GFI option) $16

Sautéed seasonal vegetables with oyster mushrooms and bok choy in a mild coconut milk based curry sauce.
Served over jasmine rice with strips of crispy fried seitan or tofu and a lentil papadam.

CAULIFLOWER PICADILLO (V, GFI) $16

Our spin on the traditional Latin mainstay.
A tangy cauliflower hash with capers and olives, accompanied by coconut rice,
Cuban black beans, marinated onions, and grilled plantains.

PORTOBELLO ROULADEN (GFI) $16

Thinly sliced and grilled Portobello caps wrapped around pickled vegetables
and served with creamy mashed potatoes and smoked tomato gravy.

STROGANOFF $16

Egg noodles, grilled seitan, grilled Portobello mushrooms and wilted spinach in a velvety sour cream sauce.
Topped with tempura fried cremini mushrooms.


raw entrées



SPINACH PESTO MANICOTTI (V, GFI) $15

Zucchini “noodles” stuffed with cashew ricotta and sunflower seed-spinach pesto.
Served over sundried tomato marinara with house marinated olives

DRAGON BOWL (V, GFI) $14

Layers of cauliflower “rice,” seasonal veggies, arugula, avocado, and sunflower-beet.