Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Noteworthy Salad...

Eating lots of raw vegetables is a good thing.

I know this.

But snacking on raw broccoli just ain't my thing.

The solution?

This noteworthy salad.

It's a mix of broccoli, cabbage, kale, and carrots that have been run through the food processor. Any raw veg-mix would work. I'm thinking the addition of cauliflower and squash would be good.

We add a cup or so to the top of our salad at lunch and dinner along with a handful of seeds or some beans.

Then we top it with this no-oil balsamic dressing:

1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water
a few cloves of garlic
a tsp of onion powder
1-2 Tbs Dijon mustard
2-3 Tbs nutritional yeast
agave syrup, to taste

Put all the ingredients in a blender and let it whirl.

Please know that I don't measure anything. Those are total approximations.

I add agave until it's the right balance of sweet to the tang of the vinegar. So you'll want to taste as you go. Same with the mustard. I probably use closer to two tablespoons because I like a really intense flavor.

A few words on nutritional yeast: This is not the same yeast you use to bake bread. I get mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods. I really like its flavor, but I've heard it's one of those things that people either love or hate. I like to use it in dressings because it acts as an emulsifier instead of the usual oil. This saves tons of calories if you are a salad drencher, like me.

I use a Magic Bullet to mix my dressings. It is small but powerful and cleans up in a snap. Well worth the money.

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I'm shocked at how filling and...good this simple salad is.

Really, you should give it a try.

Your bod will thank you.