Sunday, January 23, 2011

Veggie Salad Recipe

Raw Veggie Salad

From Chris Pedersen
Yield 4 Servings

Category Salad
Cuisine Healthy

greens (spinach, kale, arugula, etc.), diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 C red pepper, diced
1 C green or wax beans, 1 inch pieces
1 celery stalk, sliced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/4 C raw-unfiltered apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
1/4 C olive oil
salt, pepper and favorite spices
crumbled feta cheese
beans (black, garbanzo or kidney), drained and rinsed
1. Mix veggies in bowl.
2. Mix vinegar, oil and spices in dressing container. Cover and shake to mix.
3. Pour 3 to 4 Tbsp of dressing over veggie mixture. Stir to coat the veggies. Put remaining dressing in cabinet for future salads.
4. Scoop salad into serving bowl. Add sprinkle of feta cheese and a portion of beans.
5. Serve

Notes: • Olive oil should always be extra virgin and fresh. Best to buy locally.

This salad is not your ordinary salad. It consists of whatever vegetables I have in my fridge and I typically have a variety of colors and choices to choose from. The list of ingredients in this recipe should be considered suggestions. You can add or subtract as you like. For example, I like to add jicama for its sweet and crispy quality.

The picture on the left shows the bowl of mixed veggies and dressing. From here I scoop some in a serving bowl and add feta and beans. For variations, I add a Tbsp of olive tapenade and mix it up before I add beans.

I eat a large helping of a salad like this every day for lunch. When eating a meal like this (or any meal) remember to chew, chew, chew. Digestion begins in your mouth. Don't miss that important step. It can alleviate annoying digestive issues you normally experience. How many times do you chew? Chew your food until the pieces are so small they feel... well, chewed. Your tummy and digestive tract will thank you and you may start to notice those annoying digestive issues have disappeared.

Be creative. Have fun and enjoy! Yum, yum!

Do you have a favorite raw veggie dish you'd like to share? Leave a comment.