Hmmm. Interesting! I've been curious about raw diets - not that I want to actually change to a completely raw diet, but let's face it. Most of us could use a couple raw "meals" every now and then, and I don't mean sushi. So I watched to see what would happen next and she went on to say she loves salads. What followed was a simple, but interesting salad that I've been thinking about ever since.
Red Cabbage Salad - Click here for the recipe - I did tweak ever so slightly, but there's definitely room for adjustments based on your preferences. And let me tell you, if you're getting tired of lettuce based salads (like I am...did I mention I've lost 4.2 pounds since January 1st? Well, just in case you missed it...)
Mix together the vegetables - for about half a recipe, I used:
1/2 head red cabbage
1 cup English cucumber, diced
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 large carrot, grated
2 tbsp. raisins
Then, because someone was using the computer, I made the following dressing from memory (I was amazingly accurate!):
Juice of one large lemon
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp. garam masala
Salt & pepper to taste
I was really tempted to add some more vinegar, but luckily I did not. The dressing is perfect as is!
Then I remember she put in sunflower seeds...I can't find mine. (I know I have them, though - doesn't that make you crazy when you know you have something but can't find it?!) Anyway, walnuts seemed like a good substitute, and it turned out to be a good choice!
Lemon juice, olive oil and garam masala - an EXCELLENT dressing! And this salad is crisp, colorful and delicious!
And along with Grilled Lemon Chicken from Allrecipes, it's going to be my lunch every day this week!
I'm going to need more cabbage.
***Note: Garam masala is a blend of various spices commonly used in Indian cooking. The best garam masala is made fresh from whole toasted spices ground together, but frankly since I have an overflowing spice cabinet, I use a simple recipe from Allrecipes for Easy Garam Masala. You can also find bottled blends (or packets of the whole spices, ready for grinding) in many supermarkets and ethnic shops.