...and a special thanks to my Number One fan (..if you don't know who you are, we had lunch today--and it was awesome! :). Just knowing that I have inspired you to think differently about food--and that you and your family are enjoying the benefits of those changes, has made every bit of this "Food-ivore" journey worth every second!
...and if you want to start a fan-club, I wouldn't object !! Ha!
I can't think of a better way to spend my time or energy--you all inspire me!
I am always on the lookout for a new salad recipe--it is such an easy way to incorporate more vegetables in your meal and to add a quick side dish!
I found this recipe today online at www.simplyrecipes.com and adapted it a little to what I had in the fridge and cut the recipe in half. Here is the original recipe, I switched out the almonds, radishes and snow peas, and added walnuts, red peppers and carrot--I think any veg would be great in this one!
Madeleine declared it "brilliant"! I can't think of a better endorsement than that!
Napa Cabbage Picnic Salad Recipe
- 2/3 cup slivered almonds
- 1 head napa cabbage thinly sliced or shredded
- 12 ounces snow peas, strings removed, rinsed and thinly sliced
- 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced radishes
- 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced green onions (including greens)
- 1 1/3 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
- 3 Tbsp rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove peeled and minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
- 1 cup mayonnaise
Method1 Spread almond slivers out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Toast in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, until nicely browned. OR toast in stick-free or cast-iron skillet on medium high, stirring frequently until browned. Set aside.
2 Combine cabbage, snow peas, radishes, green onions, cilantro in a large bowl. Can make this step a day or two ahead.
3 In a separate bowl, mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and cayenne until sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the mayonnaise.
4 When ready to serve, gently combine the dressing and almonds with the cabbage mixture.