I'm so glad you all enjoyed my post on Hu Kitchen! What a fabulous dining experience!!
So, even though school supply commercials are starting to pop up on TV, I'm still in FULL summer mode! I hope you are too:) I mean, it's still July! We've got August ahead of us! (Which, IMHO is the best month...cuz it's my birthday month:))
I love summer because of all the fun social get-togethers! During the summer, cookouts are the name of the game. I don't know about you, but whenever I go to someone's house for dinner, I always want to help with the cooking and bring a dish. How many times have you said, "I'll bring the salad!" It's probably the standard "bring along" dish, (aside from dessert).
Well, why not bring a salad that will steal the show:) Yep...no more boring "salad in a bag." This dish will be the hit of the cookout!
It's colorful, crunchy, healthy, and absolutely BURSTING with flavor!
I call it, my Purple People Pleaser Salad!
And it's Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet, Body Ecology Diet friendly, and Paleo!
Here's what you need:
Serves 2 hungry people (as a main dish...4 as a side dish)
1/2 head of purple cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shaved into long strips with a veggie peeler
1 cucumber, seeded and sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced thin and soaked in ice water
1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
15 green beans, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 avocado, diced
3-4 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
12 cashews, chopped
1-2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsp almond butter
juice of 1 lime
10 drops alcohol free pure liquid stevia (SCD use 1 tsp honey)
2+ Tbsp water
The prep couldn't be easier. Carefully prepare your veggies: either with a mandoline or a knife. (I just used a knife). (*After you slice your red onion, place them in a small bowl and cover with ice water for 5 minutes. This will take away that sharp onion-y bite*) In a big bowl, combine your veggies and cilantro.
Next, make your sauce by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Add enough water to make it "drizzly."
Finally, toss your veggies with the dressing. Garnish with chopped cashews and extra cilantro. Serve chilled.
Oh my gosh, how good was this salad!?! The first thing that hits you is how beautiful it is. There's so much color going on on the plate! There's purple, red, orange, green -- it's so whimsical!!
Then the flavor - holy cow. Hold onto your hats, folks. This dressing is good enough to bathe in! Haha Seriously! It's tangy, sweet, gingery and nutty. So incredibly delicious.
And the crunchiness of the veggies is just phenomenal. Each veggie brings a specific flavor to the dish. The carrots and red peppers are sweet, the cabbage is a bit more savory and stringy like spaghetti. And then the avocado. OH the AVOCADO! It is rich and creamy, and adds this luxuriousness to the salad.
Finally, the cilantro provides the perfect fresh *pop* to punctuate the dish. :) Loved it. Loooooved iiiit!!
What's your favorite dish to bring to a cookout?
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