This salad is a combination of fresh rainbow vegetables, probiotic rich sauerkraut, and protein rich cashews (I bought mine yesterday a roadside stand on the way to hike in Marin) and tossed together in a delicious dressing I made for the Jessie Delmar’s yoga retreat called Miso Happy!
I just started holistic nutrition school, and consequently have been trying to incorporate as much raw superfood into my diet as possible. I made this salad yesterday for dinner without thinking, and it was soooo good I recreated it tonight so I could share my recipe. Here you go:
Miso Happy Dressing:
- 2 T miso paste, any color
- 2 T fresh ginger
- 2 T nama shoyu*
- 1 T raw honey
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/8 cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- Sea salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Combine all ingredients except oil and vinegar in a food processor and process until a paste is formed.
- Add vinegar, combine.
- Slowly drizzle in oil.
- Taste and re-season if needed. (Too salty- add more honey. Too sweet- add more salt or nama shoyu. Too thick or strong- add more oil.)
- If you don’t have a food processor, simply finely chop all your solid ingredients and shake in a mason jar until combined.
makes 1/2 cup salad dressing
Purple Power Salad:
- 1/4 small purple cabbage, shredded (approx. 4 cups)
- 1 carrot, grated (approx. 1 cup)
- 1/2 small jicama, grated (approx. 1 cup)
- 1/2 med beet, grated (approx. 1 cup)
- 1 cup raw sauerkraut**
- 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped (approx. 1 cup)
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced (approx. 1/8 cup)
- 1 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped
- 1 avocado, skinned and sliced
- 1/8 cup Miso Happy Salad Dressing
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl while thinking happy thoughts.
- Toss with dressing. Add more if you would like. 1/8 cup is conservative for me personally.
- Serve right away if necessary, but preferably let sit 30 minutes before serving.
- Garnish with additional cashews and avocado as garnishes if preferred.
makes 2 large dinner salads or 4 starter salads
- Non-raw foodies: To make this salad a full meal I absolutely encourage you to top with anything you like! Use the Miso Happy Salad Dressing as a marinade for organic tofu, chicken, or vegetables and then grill them. Serve with brown rice and you have a gorgeous nutrient rich healthy meal that is half raw!
- *Nama Shoyu is raw, enzyme rich soy sauce. It is made from fermented soy beans, and although it has been heated above 115F, it is still a live food.
- **Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage and full of live cultures and enzymes. It is very good for digestion and touted by many cultures for its health benefits. If you are not making your own (which is very easy!) then make sure you are buying raw sauerkraut. If the packaging does not say raw, then it is most likely cooked cabbage in pasteurized vinegar and will have almost none of the health benefits of raw. I personally use Wildbrine. The kraut pictured above is their beet sauerkraut!