I love having infinite possibilities of making salads. This is one of the greatest things of the raw food diet, and the process can be quite fast.
I actually learned how to press salads during my macrobiotic journey. It’s a way of “cooking” without, in fact, doing it. It turns the vegetables more tender and sweet, helping to break their hard fibrous structure. So, it improves digestion, allowing our bodies to absorb more nutrients.
We made this salad on the other day, with practically everything we had in the fridge. You can use all your favorite vegetables, such as green leaves (pointed cabbage works very well), onion, radish, carrot, turnip, among others.
To improve the flavor, we added a beautiful and very tasty dressing. I found out, recently, that I particularly like the taste of sesame seeds in dressings, when mixed with almonds or nuts. You get bitter and sweet at the same time. Besides, if the dressing results in something extremely creamy, it really results in a perfect combination for a salad. We all know how difficult it can be to eat raw greens and vegetables, just as they are. So, with not much effort, you have a great nutritious raw meal on your plate, ready to go!
some organic carrot
some organic broccoli
some organic purple kale
some organic pointed cabbage
some organic fresh herbs
1 pinch of sea salt
some pure water
1/2 cup organic sesame seeds (soaked for 8 hours)
1/2 cup organic peeled almonds (soaked for 8 hours)
1 handful of organic fresh coriander
1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar or organic lemon juice
1 full tsp of sea salt
some dry organic rose petals
Cut the leaves in thin slices, the carrots in thin “spaghetti” strips and the vegetables in small pieces. Put them in a bowl, adding a pinch of salt and just a little bit of water (really just a little, sprinkle it with your hands). Start involving it very well, until you feel the tenderness of the vegetables. Then press them with your hands, pushing it towards the bottom. Do this till you see some water coming out of the vegetables.
Add the herbs (chopped) and let it rest.
Put all the ingredients of the dressing into a blender and blend it well, until you get a creamy texture. The water should be added in small portions, in order not to end up with a too liquid mixture. Sprinkle it with chopped coriander and dry rose petals (or any other dry herbs you wish).
Now you can enjoy this simple, moist and tasty meal, having portions of salad and dressing all together.
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- some organic carrot
- some organic broccoli
- some organic purple kale
- some organic pointed cabbage
- 1 pinch sea salt
- some pure water
Cut the leaves in thin slices, the carrots in thin "spaghetti" strips and the vegetables in small pieces
Put them in a bowl, adding a pinch of salt and just a little bit of water (really just a little, sprinkle it with your hands)
Start involving it very well, til you feel the tenderness of the vegetables. Then press them with your hands, pushing it towards the bottom. Do this till you see some water coming out of the vegetables.
Seeds Coriander Dressing
- 1/2 cup soaked organic sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup soaked organic peeled almonds
- 1 handfull organic fresh coriander
- 1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar or organic lemon juice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- some organic dry rose petals
- some pure water
Mix all the ingredients of the dressing into a blender and blend it well, till you get a creamy texture
Sprinkle it with chopped coriander and dry rose petals