Curried Chicken Salad Recipe

curried chicken salad | pamela salzman

I’m sure you all pushed away your keyboards and ran into the kitchen to poach chicken after Monday’s post, right?  Perfect!  Now let’s do something healthy and delish with your chicken.  I have a recipe for the BEST curried chicken salad I have ever eaten!   Even my family, which to my chagrin prefers more “simple” flavors, loves this salad.

shred chicken

apples, green onions, celery

I thought it would be a great time to post this curried chicken salad since you might be looking for some new options for school and/or work lunch.  At it’s most basic, curried chicken salad is just what it sounds like — chicken salad with curry mixed in.  I use a yellow curry powder, which is a blend of different anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek and many others.  But as opposed to basic, standard chicken salad to which I add celery and onion, I like to add a little something sweet to balance the curry.  My husband and I disagree on whether diced apple or halved grapes is better.  I think they’re both good, but since I am a sucker for crunch, I usually add apples.

curry dressing

curry dressing

I used to make Ina Garten’s version with Major Grey chutney and white wine, but the chutney is not something I usually use and it was taking up space in the fridge.  So I created my own blend of ingredients, including apricot preserves, to mimic the sweet, hot, tart flavor of the chutney.  This is the best part of the dressing.  So, so good and flavorful!  I also like to use shredded, as opposed to cubed or diced chicken, because I think the nooks and crannies of the shredded chicken pick up more of the dressing.

curried chicken salad | pamela salzman

curried chicken salad

You can make it the day before and tuck it inside of a pita or 2 slices of hearty, whole grain bread.  Or, as I like to do it, eat it in a lettuce cup.  A little avocado would put this over the top!  Feel free to make this spicy or change up the preserves.  I think any variation of orange, apricot, peach or kumquat would be great.  I like the St. Dalfour brand which is sugar-free and without added preservatives.  I think this might become your new favorite chicken salad!  For you vegheads, I may try to do a tofu version of this.  How does that sound?!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Curried Chicken Salad
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Serves: about 2 quarts, serves 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (technically split breasts), about ¾ pound each
  • ½ small onion, peeled
  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 Tablespoon additive-free kosher salt
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped apple (about 1 medium apple) or 1 cup grapes, halved
  • ¼ cup golden raisins (or dark raisins, if you prefer)
  • ½ cup roasted, salted cashews, chopped (slivered almonds are also good)
  • ½ cup plain, whole Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (I like soy-free Vegenaise)
  • 3 Tablespoons apricot or peach preserves, preferably no sugar added like St. Dalfour
  • 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt + more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • butter lettuce or sandwich bread, for serving
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in a saucepan with the onion, garlic, salt and peppercorns and add water to cover.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  3. Allow chicken to cool in the poaching liquid.
  4. Remove the skin and bones and shred the meat into large, bite-size pieces. Set aside in a large bowl.
  5. Add the celery, scallions, apple or grapes, raisins and cashews to the chicken.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, preserves, curry powder, vinegar, salt, ginger, and cayenne pepper.
  7. Pour on top of the chicken and salad ingredients and combine to coat well with dressing. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  8. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Notes
Or you can use 6 cups of shredded, already cooked chicken instead of poaching chicken from scratch.

 

 

Dairy-free Cashew Cheesecake Recipe

dairy-free cashew cheesecake! | pamela salzman

I taught this luscious dessert in my classes two years ago, but I had seen cashew “cheesecakes” all over the place for many years. But of course I didn’t get it.  I didn’t understand how blended cashews could be turned into something that resembled cheesecake, a cheesecake that I would actually want to eat.  So I put off trying all these recipes that I saw on Pinterest and Foodily.  I caught glimpses of vegan cheesecakes made with chocolate, key limes, pumpkin, lemon and lavender, blueberries and so on.  I just wasn’t convinced.

making the crust

crust mixture ready to be pressed

My mother-in-law and I have an arrangement for Passover — I make all the desserts for both seders and she does everything else.  I clearly got the easier, more fun job.  However baking for Passover, a holiday which revolves around NOT eating anything with grains or flour made from grains, isn’t as straightforward as baking for any other holiday.  But I still have lots of fun coming up with delicious treats that don’t involve a box of Manischewitz cake mix.  Every year I make the very traditional coconut macaroons, as well as a lemon ice torte that I have been making since I graduated from college.  And no holiday would be complete without something chocolate, so I bake a few mini-flourless chocolate cakes.  So delicious.

soak cashews

drain the soaked cashews

But I can never leave well enough alone, so one year I decided to give this cashew cheesecake thing a go. OMG.  Get out of here. I was blown away!  And then super bummed I had let so many opportunities to go by when I could have been enjoying this deliciousness.  The texture is so much like cheesecake.  Very rich and creamy, and slightly sweet.  I really couldn’t get over it.  Of course the crust is raw and vegan, consistent with the rest of the cake.  But I think you could go with a graham cracker crust and fool everyone into thinking this is cheesecake.

scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean

spread the first mixture onto the crust

then the strawberry mixture

What amazed me about this cake is how digestible it is and how clean the ingredients are.  We use soaked raw cashews (read my post about why soaking nuts and seeds is beneficial to your health,) coconut oil (such a good, healthful fat), honey or maple syrup (not going to save your life, but less acid-forming than refined sugar), lemon juice and vanilla.  Amazing.  Although, I did a little rough math and this isn’t the kind of dessert you can eat very often because it’s really high in (good) fat and calories.  Just saying, in case you were tempted to eat half a cake.  Not a good idea.  In fact, I put on a few pounds in the months I was testing this recipe.  True story.  But this is a fantastic idea for Passover or Easter and no one will ever in a million years guess what’s in it.  Another fun Passover dessert coming soon!

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cashew cheesecake | pamela salzman

 

Dairy-free Cashew Cheesecake
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Serves: 10-12 (because it's rich, you want to cut small slices)
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup raw almonds (or pecans or walnuts)
  • 1 cup soft Medjool dates, pitted (about 10)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Filling:
  • 3 cups (1 pound) raw cashews, soaked for at least 5 hours or overnight, and drained
  • ⅔ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup unrefined coconut oil, melted (if you have a Vitamix, no need to melt)
  • ⅔ cup raw honey (not vegan) or Grade A maple syrup (vegan, but not raw)
  • Seeds from 2 whole vanilla beans (or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries (my preference) or raspberries (thaw completely if frozen)
Instructions
  1. Place almonds, dates, coconut and salt in a food processor and process until the mixture holds together (it should be sticky). Transfer the mixture onto the bottom of a 9” spring-form pan and press firmly, making sure that the edges are well packed and that the base is relatively even throughout.
  2. In a Vita-Mix or food processor, place all filling ingredients (except strawberries) and process on high until very smooth. This may take a minute or two.
  3. Pour about 3 cups of the mixture onto the crust and smooth with a spatula. Add the strawberries to the Vita-Mix/food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture onto the first layer of filling. Place in the freezer until solid. Cover with foil to protect from freezer burn.
  4. To serve, remove from the freezer at least 60 minutes prior to eating. After it has defrosted, store in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Run a thin knife between the cake and the pan and then release the springform ring. Serve on its own, or with fresh fruit. Store leftovers in the refrigerator if you plan to eat within a few days. Otherwise, store leftovers in the freezer.
Notes
Unfortunately, there is no substitute for the cashews which become very creamy when blended, nor the coconut oil, which solidifies when refrigerated and gives the cake its firmness, otherwise it would be a gloopy mess.

Homemade Larabars and Laralollipops!

Homemade Larabars | Pamela Salzman

Larabars were one of the first snack bars that I remember buying.   There are no scary ingredients, no added sugars or colors, just dates and nuts.  I liked having them for the kids in my diaper bag, as a snack for the plane when we traveled, and more recently for all-day soccer tournaments in the middle of Taco Bell-land.  I don’t know why it never occurred to me that I could actually make them in my own kitchen.  Without a special Larabar machine!  And when I finally realized how disappointingly easy these are to make, I really wanted to hit myself over the head.  And I could have been making them organic to boot!

making chocolate-chocolate chip larabars

 

ingredients for oatmeal raising larabars

I had so much fun teaching these bars in my classes last month.  Once I revealed the secret ratio of dates to nuts (1:1 !), we came up with lots of interesting combinations of ingredients and shapes.  The most important ingredient is something sticky to hold it all together.  Usually Larabars contain dried dates, which you might remember are one of my obsessions!   But I had success making bars out of raisins and dried cherries, too.  Are we having fun yet?!  Then take your pick of a nut or seed — I use either almonds, cashews, pecans or sunflower seeds.  You can make a Larabar with just dates and nuts if you want.  Or you can add some yummy things like chocolate, cacao powder, cinnamon, candied ginger, coconut, peppermint extract, instant coffee powder and so on and so forth.  Are your wheels spinning?

date paste

These are very yummy, but let’s keep it under control and limit ourselves to one for a snack and not the whole delicious batch.  After all, you wouldn’t sit down and eat 14 dates just because.  I also wouldn’t use these as a meal replacement because they generally have under 200 calories which ain’t enough for anyone.  Larabars get bonus points with me because you can make them in approximately 5 minutes and they last for a heck of a long time in the refrigerator or freezer.

shape it in a piece of plastic wrap

I thought it would be great to post this “recipe” now because Easter and Passover are coming up.  Larabars are a great Passover snack because there’s nothing not kosher for Passover in them, unless you use peanuts.  I think making them in the shape of a traditional Larabar is great, but you can also make little mini squares, or shape them into small, flat discs like a cookie, or a little round ball like a truffle.  And then I went to Michael’s and bought lollipop sticks and made…Laralollipops!!  How cute would these be for Easter?   Dip them in chocolate if you have to!   I’ve given three different combinations here, but you can really make up your own according to what you like.  Or go over to the official Larabar site and copy some of their flavors.  Just don’t tell them I sent you!

Oatmeal Raisin Larabars | Pamela Salzman

Laralollipops | Pamela Salzman

 

Homemade Larabars and Laralollipops!
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Serves: makes 6 3” X 1 ½” bars
 
Ingredients
  • CHOCOLATE:
  • 1 ¼ cup dried, unsweetened dates (about 14), pitted
  • 1 ¼ cup whole raw almonds, cashews or pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet MINI chocolate chips or shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • OATMEAL RAISIN:
  • 1 cup unsulphured raisins (or dried cherries for an oatmeal cherry bar)
  • ¾ cup rolled oats (not quick cooking or instant)
  • ¾ cup raw cashews or pecans
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. The easy way to do this is to place all of the ingredients (except chocolate chips) in a food processor and process until the mixture comes together in a tight ball (about 2 ½ minutes). Everything will be really finely processed. See the lollipop images for what that looks like. Or if you want a little more texture from the nuts, process the nuts and dates separately and mix them in a bowl with the remaining ingredients. See the other images for examples of that.
  2. The chocolate chips can be added at the end and mixed in with your hands.
  3. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on the counter and transfer the ball to the plastic wrap and press down to start to flatten into a rectangle. Fold the excess plastic over the top and use your hands to shape and flatten the mixture until it is about ½” thick, about 9” across and 3” down. Or make whatever shape you want!
  4. Refrigerate for a couple hours until firm and slice as desired. Keep wrapped in the refrigerator. Or transfer unwrapped bars to a tightly sealed container.
Notes
You can also do a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar:  1 ¼ cups pitted dates + 1 cup roasted, salted     peanuts. Sometimes I add 2 Tablespoons of Maca powder and a pinch of salt with or without a few mini chocolate chips.

Vegan mac and cheese recipe

Vegan Mac & Cheese|Pamela Salzman

If someone tried to coax me a year ago with a “vegan mac and cheese” recipe, I would have politely said, “no, thank you.”  First of all, I actually don’t really like mac and cheese.  Not the boxed kind and not even the homemade kind.  Weird, I know.  And sad for my husband who looooooves it.  I used to have to make him the famous “Ronald Reagan’s favorite mac and cheese” recipe all the time when we first got married.  Tons of butter, cheddar cheese, milk, stomach ache for me.  Just not my thing.  It’s now the 21st century, and we’re both eating differently and I am open minded to alternative recipes.

potatoes, carrots, shallot, onion cook the veggies in water, but cover them everything into the blender"cheese sauce"

Although open minded or not, I’ve always felt if I’m not going to like the real deal, why would I like something pretending to be the real deal?  And most vegan mac and cheese recipes call for fake processed cheese or nutritional yeast and they’re just not that tasty, in my opinion.  Are you with me?  Well, according to myself and according to Mr. Picky who still doesn’t like cheese except Pecorino Romano in some soups and on pizza crust, this mac and cheese is the bomb.  I think it’s better than mac and cheese and he likes it because he has watched me make it and is confident there is not a morsel of cheese, real or fake, anywhere in this dish.

bread crumbs

 

You may have seen on a month ago a picture I posted of “vegan nachos” I made for the kids.  Here it is below.  That’s the same sauce for this!  You may have also seen a strange looking bowl of yellow stuff on my baked potato bar.  Same vegan cheese sauce!  Do you see the potential here?  What about as a dip for steamed veggies?  I might even make a soup out of this.  We are not just talking about a mac and cheese recipe.  We are talking about a life-changing delicious not-cheese sauce.   This sauce is a miracle.  It is made from potatoes, cashews, carrots, onions and a bunch of other completely natural foods blended into creamy, cheesy deliciousness.  Completely digestible (unless you are nut-free, in which case I am so sorry.  Buggers.)  I know I sound crazy.  I wouldn’t believe me either.

vegan nachos | pamela salzman

vegan mac & cheese|pamela salzman

vegan mac and cheese | pamela salzman

The only trick with this recipe is that you have to follow it exactly!  No eyeballing measurements.  No leaving things out.  Anytime I have guesstimated an amount with this recipe, it hasn’t worked quite as well, especially with ingredients like cayenne, lemon juice (you can leave this out, but just don’t add more than indicated) and garlic.  Some of the images on this post were taken of light spelt macaroni and some of whole spelt macaroni.  My family much prefers the light spelt pasta with this sauce, but you should use whatever suits you.  I have also tried this with brown rice pasta and a corn-quinoa pasta — both super!   Once I threw some small cauliflower florets into the pasta pot two minutes before the pasta was done and made a cauliflower mac and cheese.  (See above.)  I’m sure broccoli and kale would be great, too!  Can you see how much fun we are going to have with this??!!

vegan mac and cheese | pamela salzman

Vegan Mac & Cheese|Pamela Salzman

4.8 from 13 reviews
Vegan Mac and Cheese
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Serves: 6 as a side dish
 
Ingredients
  • 8 ounce package elbow macaroni pasta (I like spelt.)
  • 2 slices bread, torn into large pieces (whole grain works!)
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter (not vegan) or organic Earth Balance (vegan), divided
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 cup (about 7 ounces) chopped Yukon gold potatoes (you can leave the peel on)
  • ¼ cup chopped carrots (about 1 small carrot)
  • ⅓ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup raw cashews (soaked for 1-5 hours and drained if you your blender is weak)
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt (use 1 ¾ teaspoons if using Earth Balance)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic, minced (about 1 medium clove)
  • ¼ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add the shallots, potatoes, carrots, onion and water and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15 minutes, or until vegetables are very soft. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta in salted water until al dente, drain and put back into the pot.
  3. Put the bread pieces, 1 Tablespoon of butter and paprika in a food processor fitted with a metal blade and process until combined to a medium-fine texture, set aside.
  4. Place the cashews, salt, garlic, 5 Tablespoons butter, mustard, lemon juice, black pepper, and cayenne in a blender or food processor. Add the softened vegetables and cooking water to the blender or food processor and process until perfectly smooth.
  5. Pour the “cheese” sauce over the cooked pasta and combine until completely coated. Spread the mixture into an un-greased 11 x 8 casserole dish, sprinkle with prepared breadcrumb mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the top is golden brown. If you add veggies (such as 1 or 2 cups of blanched cauliflower or broccoli) to the macaroni, cook in a 13 x 9 dish.
Notes
I actually don't make the vegan version for us because we can eat butter.   But I have made this with Earth Balance (which is vegan) many times and it has always turned out great.  I have never made this without the bread crumbs, though.  I think they provide a nice contrast in texture to the soft and creamy macaroni, but if not everyone will eat the bread crumbs, I am sure you can leave a square of the baking dish free of them.

How To Make Dairy-free Ice Cream!

buttered pecan cashew ice "cream" (no milk or cream!) | pamela salzman

Did you notice the exclamation point in the title?  I need you to know how excited I am about this.  !!  I’ll confess right here that ice cream is probably my favorite food.  That I don’t eat.   Ice cream doesn’t agree with me, if I can get personal with you.  But I think this is definitely for the best because it’s just not good for you.  Pasteurized cow dairy + sugar + ice cold = digestive nightmare.  But just because I can’t eat ice cream doesn’t mean I don’t dream about it.  Yes, of course there are alternative “ice creams” made from soy or coconut.  But soy milk is something I avoid (way too processed and hard to digest) and most of the coconut frozen desserts taste like coconut, which I like, but not every time mixed with every flavor.  Just an FYI, you can take two cans of full-fat coconut milk, mix it with sweetener to taste plus a drop of vanilla extract and pour it into your ice cream maker and get coconut ice cream.   That’s the recipe right there!

blend the soaked cashews with other ingredients

But recently I saw a cashew-based ice cream at Whole Foods and a light bulb went off.  Of course!  Why didn’t I think of that?  I use raw cashews all the time in my classes to make non-dairy substitutions for my DF friends.  When you soak raw cashews and then blend them with a little water, you have the beginnings of lots of dairy-free possibilities.  I even made a cheesecake with blended raw cashews that was to die for.  I need to post that one day.  What’s great is that raw cashews are pretty bland tasting, unlike coconut which definitely has a pronounced flavor, even when mixed with other stuff.  Also, soaked, raw cashews are loaded with protein and much more digestible than pasteurized heavy cream and milk.  !!

pour pecans in at the end

I wasn’t sure if you all would be interested in knowing how to make dairy-free ice cream since I can’t assume everyone has an ice cream maker.  But after an unscientific poll on Facebook, it seemed like enough of you wanted to know.  I made three different cashew-based ice creams in the last month and I thought they were all great.  My kids had NO IDEA they were made from cashews.  And to take it one step further (better), I sweetened two of the ice creams with dates.  Dates!  This is an ice cream that is cashews blended with dates.  Are you freaking out right now?  You should beeeeeeee!

ready!

 

buttered pecan cashew ice "cream" | pamela salzman

The three flavors I made were Buttered Pecan (ok, technically not dairy-free because I used butter on the pecans, but you can use Earth Balance), Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Mint Chip.  I loved them all, but let me mention that although these are more digestible and arguably more healthful than regular ice cream, I wouldn’t say they’re low-fat or low-calorie.  And I’m sorry if you’re nut-free or cashew-intolerant because that’s the only way to go here.  I am posting the recipes for Buttered Pecan and Mint Chip and as soon as I find the scrap paper with my notes for the chocolate version I will revise this post and let you know!

mint chip dairy-free ice "cream" | pamela salzman

I’m just sorry that we may only have another month of warm weather and therefore not much time left for ice cream.  Make the most of what’s left of summer, friends.  Hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

 

dairy-free mint chip ice "cream" | pamela salzman

Cashew Ice Cream
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Serves: makes about 1 quart, so if you only want to make a pint, cut all ingredients in half
 
Ingredients
  • Salted Butter Pecan:
  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, or use Earth's Balance to make vegan
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, plus 1 teaspoon for pecans
  • 4 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least three hours or overnight and
  • drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Grade A maple syrup (or agave, but I’m not a fan since it’s very
  • processed and high in fructose)
  • 4 vanilla beans, split and scraped or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mint Chip:
  • 4 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least three hours or overnight and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • 20 pitted dates
  • 2 Tablespoons pure peppermint extract (you may want to start out with 1 Tablespoon and taste the mixture before adding the second tablespoon in case your mint extract is stronger than mine.)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips, or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Salted Butter Pecan:
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the pecans, tossing to coat. Spread buttered pecans on baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Bake for 6-8 minutes until toasted, but not burned. Set aside to cool.
  4. Place cashews, water, maple syrup, vanilla and ½ teaspoon salt in a high-powered blender or food processor and process until very smooth.
  5. Pour cashew mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions. I use a Cuisinart ice cream maker.
  6. Once the pecans are cooled, place them in a food processor and pulse to make small chunks (about the size of a chocolate chip, or smaller) or chop coarsely on a cutting board.
  7. minutes before ice cream is finished, pour in the pecans.
  8. Store in freezer in airtight container.
  9. Mint Chip:
  10. Place cashews, water, dates, salt and mint extract in a high-powered blender or food processor and process until very smooth.
  11. Pour cashew mixture into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions.
  12. minutes before ice cream is finished, add the chocolate chips.
  13. Store in freezer in airtight container.

Asian Slaw Recipe

colorful and crunchy | pamela salzman

I love salads and have since I was a kid.  Give me a good basic vinaigrette and I will come up with the craziest salad combinations.  Whatever I have in the refrigerator or the pantry is fair game.  Quinoa, fresh herbs, sprouts, cooked beans, last night’s leftover vegetables, rice, whatever!  I always try to wash a few heads of lettuce and make a vinaigrette on Sunday so that a delicious salad is only minutes away any day of the week.

thinly slice your cabbages

The only tricky part about salads is making sure you’ve got good seasonal produce to work with.  Lettuce is grown all year round in California, but tomatoes and cucumbers are not.   So my winter salads tend to focus on things like avocados, fennel and citrus fruits.  But I also love making winter salads with a base of something other than lettuce, such as kale or cabbage which are super fabulous at this time of year, and might I add super nutritious!

you can prep this in advance if you like

Dr. Mark Hyman just came out with a new book called The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook.  I am a huge Dr. Hyman fan!  I love his message about keeping blood sugar balanced, and I also followed his 30-day blood sugar challenge last year which had great health tips every day.  I haven’t had a ton of time to really get into the new cookbook, but I immediately  made the Asian Slaw since I happened to have all the ingredients on hand.  Yummers!

dressing

Cabbage is one of the most affordable and nutritious vegetables.  It has loads if fiber, Vitamin C and beta-carotene which aids in tissue repair. It can also help to protect against tumors and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.  Another benefit, especially at this time of year, is that cabbage can stimulate the immune system.  All good stuff!

asian slaw | pamela salzman

This slaw is very easy to make provided you have a good sharp knife so you can slice the cabbage thinly.  It’s a nice change of pace from typical mayonnaise-based slaws (not my fave.)  If you don’t have a nut-free house, definitely add the cashews as that was my favorite part of this salad.  Otherwise, try toasted and salted sunflower seeds.  It was great paired with a piece of simply roasted fish and baked sweet potatoes.  Leftovers were still delicious the next day with a quinoa, sugar snap pea and cilantro salad.  With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, cabbage will be really cheap, so stock up and cook up some news ways to enjoy this tasty and versatile veg!

Asian Slaw
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large head green cabbage, finely shredded (I used a medium head.)
  • ½ small head red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and finely shredded
  • 2 teaspoons unrefined toasted sesame oil
  • 3 Tablespoons unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 scallions, sliced thinly
  • ½ bunch (about 1½ oz) fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Sea salt
  • ½ cup chopped roasted unsalted cashews (I used roasted salted.)
Instructions
  1. Place all the vegetables in a large serving bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, olive oil, scallions, cilantro, and lime juice, and season to taste with salt.
  3. Pour the mixture over the cabbage and toss well.
  4. Let the slaw sit in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with cashews before serving. Any leftovers can be stored in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Notes
I felt as though it could have used a little more dressing, so I would add the dressing to most of the cabbage and then add more cabbage until you feel as though you have the balance of cabbage to dressing that you’re looking for.