Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Crunchy And Cool Summer Salad With Agave-Dijon Dressing - Perfect For Your July 4th Picnic!

Beat the heat with this raw vegan and gluten free salad
topped with agave-Dijon Dressing.

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Summer - Time to Eat More Raw Food
When the weather warms up, it's time to eat more raw food. Whether you're a vegan, vegetarian or meat eater, it's a good idea to consume lots of raw fruits and vegetables in the summer months. This blog and my ebook, Health Begins in the Kitchen, is based on a Seasonally Raw Food Plan which varies the amounts of raw food consumed with the seasons. In the winter when it's cold, our bodies crave cooked foods such as warm soups, cooked grains, and baked sweet potatoes. But for now, when the weather is hot and the farmer's market and summer gardens are flourishing, let's pile on the raw fruits and veggies!

Cool Off
We've had record breaking heat the last few weeks here on the West Coast so we've been living on raw smoothies and big salads. This simple salad makes a beautiful presentation and is very cooling for the body. The shredded cabbage and carrots give it a nice crunch. Agave is used as a substitute in this classic honey-mustard dressing for my many vegan followers but if you prefer honey, use it instead of agave.

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Summer Salad with Agave-Dijon Dressing
Raw Vegan, Gluten Free
[makes 4 servings]

For the dressing
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar
1 tablespoon cold-pressed hemp oil
1 clove garlic, pressed

For the salad
2 packed cups shredded red cabbage
1 large carrot, shredded (1 packed cup)
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
freshly ground black pepper

Make the dressing by placing all dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until well combined.

Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Either make the salad on individual salad plates or on one large platter. 
Start by spreading the cabbage out as the base layer and then cover it with the carrots. 

Layer the shredded vegetables

Cover the carrots with cucumbers and then red onion.

Place slices of avocado around the cabbage on the bottom of the platter.
Cover with dressing, top with freshly ground black pepper and serve.

Per serving: 148 calories, 9 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 555 mg omega-3 and 2,612 g omega-6 fatty acids, 0 mg cholesterol, 2 g protein, 17 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, and 36 mg sodium.

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