Right around March my body starts craving fresh, raw veggies. We are pretty seasonal eaters in our house, so with the winter comes less variety to my veggie rotation – and I think that is a good thing. Cooked veggies (with friendly fats like butter) are easier on our guts to digest, and it is good to give our bodies a break from foods while we rotate with the seasons!
While I am still a good couple months away from fresh salad greens in my garden, I do have access to some nice late winter and early spring vegetables that make a really great raw “slaw” type salad. Just a simple julienne peeler (available on Amazon) is all you need (the spirilizers work too if you have one, also found on Amazon) and you will have colorful strips of veggie that really feel like a noodle indulgence.
I am a big time Asian cuisine fan and a couple of years ago I put a twist on my Thai peanut sauce and made a salad dressing – it is one of my favorites and it really dresses up this slaw type salad so nice!
This salad makes a fantastic lunch since it is filled with satiating friendly fat from the dressing. You can add chopped nuts/seeds or chicken/tuna to your bowl for added protein if you want as well.
- 2 large carrots, julienne peeled
- ½ diakon radish, julienne peeled
- 1 cucumber, julienne peeled
- ¼ head purple cabbage, sliced thin (green cabbage works too if you can’t find the purple)
- 2-3 stalks green onions, chopped
- 1 cup Asian dressing (If you like more dressing you can add more!)
- Optional red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, and/or water cress to garnish
- Put the dressing in the bottom of your salad bowl.
- Add the veggies and toss with the dressing.
- Add your garnishes if you want!
- Note – the salt in the dressing will pull the moisture from the veggies over time – if you are packing it up ahead of time it would be a good idea to pack the dressing separately and add it to the salad upon eating.
So! Are you ready for rotating to spring veggies too?