Monday, September 05, 2011
#15 Balancing Cauliflower and Walnuts Salad (Raw)
Life is about balance and when life gives you a week of sweets and cakes and baked goods and added sugar, it is time to turn to a more natural diet to balance things and at least try to minimise the unhealthy impact on your body.
And what else could be the perfect opposite of sweetened cakes if not raw vegetables full of life? Add some nuts for and you've got the perfect brunch - simple and filling and full of goodness for your body and mind.
This is also a perfect occasion to revive the 30 Salads challenge I started a while ago that in an attempt to boost regular healthy eating. Unfortunately what I booted was desserts and cakes.
But let's get back on balance.
I chose cauliflower for this salad. Traditionally we had always had cauliflower cooked no matter fried, blanched or steamed. I didn't even believe cauliflower can be eaten raw. But it can and it is extremely crisp and delicious. It's worth trying.
Cauliflower like broccoli is part of the Cruciferous vegetables. It is packed with vitamins C and K and folate and is a good source of fibres. It also helps the body's detoxing, providies antioxidants (vitamin C and manganese) and boosts the body's anti-inflammatory activities (vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids).
It is good to have 1-2 cup of cauliflower 4-5 times a week or even more.
And you can do it with this fast and light salad and enjoy the pure taste.
It is important to buy fresh cauliflower and prepare it the day of purchase or the next day before it loses its crunchiness.
Balancing Cauliflower salad
1 bigger head cauliflower.
1/2 cup walnut kernels (could be soaked in cold water for 2-3 hours prior to use)
for the dressing:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp mirin
2 tbsp rice vinegar
salt to taste
Wash the cauliflower and crush into rosettes. Mix in a bowl with the walnut pieces. Combine the ingredients for the dressing and hake. Pour over the dressing.
Serve and enjoy!