Confession time: Hot Dogs were my absolute favorite foods as a kid. Recreating the joy I used to experience eating them as a vegan is something I never thought would happen. I’ve tried vegan sausages and hot dogs before, but nothing came close to what I remembered until I tried Loma Linda’s Vegan Hot Dogs. Scroll down for my thoughts, whether or not I would purchase them again, plus a bonus recipe for a Kalamata olive relish that you can use at your own barbecues this summer!
In all seriousness, one of my parent’s favorite home movies features me at age two: I’m chomping down on a hotdog in a rest stop Roy Rogers, trying to talk about how good it is with my mouth full. Don’t ask me why, but for whatever reason they find it adorable. Hot dogs were an integral part of my childhood. The way they smell, their taste, their texture. When my family would make burgers I’d always turn them down, instead sitting happily with a hot dog. Or two. Or five. Who’s counting?