Two totally raw salads!

raw 'egg' salad

Better Than 'Egg' Salad

From Raw Food For Dummies by Cherie Soria + Dan Ladermann

*Gluten-free *Dairy-free *Vegan *Raw

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely diced young coconut meat
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 cup sweet corn (raw)
  • 1/2 cup seeded + chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 1/2 red onion rings, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley
  • 1/2 cup cashew mayonnaise (see recipe below)

PREPARATION

  • Mix all ingredients together in bowl
  • Pour 1/2 cup cashew mayo into bowl and fold together until well combined
  • Add salt + pepper + nutritional yeast to taste
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce or with thinly sliced cucumber for dipping

Cashew Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 6 tbsp filtered water
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar (or agave)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste

PREPARATION

  • Put all ingredients into high power blender and blend until smooth
  • Store in fridge up to 3 days

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I'm now 12 days into my month long raw food experiment that I've dubbed 'Get Rowdy, Go Raw!' Makes me giggle. I feel like a raw badass. I feel really, really good!

Surprises/ Observations: - still not feeling overly hungry, angry or any of the negative side effects that I feared. - no cravings. I seriously am not missing anything. I cooked Cliff soup yesterday and didn't need to taste it. I've been totally fine without hot food (though I still miss it from time-to-time but it's an emotional cravings not a physical one). - booze. I miss drinking but not terribly, not nearly as much as I thought I would. It's part of our ritual to open a bottle of wine and sit and talk at the end of the day. So for now the ritual has shifted to hot tea and talking. Cliff is still drinking wine and eating 'normally.' He joins me on some raw food meals. - poop. wow. I've never felt this cleaned out. I spent most of my life with chronic constipation. It wasn't until I got a health coach in 2008 that I learned I didn't have to spend the rest of my life taking daily fiber supplements like the doctors suggested. That wasn't good enough for me and I doesn't have to be good enough for you. Daily elimination is SO important. - I expected to be bouncing off the walls and all out elated or just really bummed but what I've found is a really even way of being. Cliff has noticed too. It's almost as if I'm gentler, more patient. I am definitely able to sit in meditation for much longer periods which is really cool. - My hands are a bit dry which I've read and been told is normal. Daily oiling up my body after showers is helping. - I've been eating anytime I want and as much as I want. I don't get hunger pains but when I need to eat I find myself zoning out or losing focus and that's my clue. - I am through the tired of chewing phase and have found better recipes and more diversity in the menu. Thank you wonderful world of the web! - My breathing is FUCKING PHENOMENAL (excuse the f-bomb but seriously it's that good)! No kidding, it's totally improved and improving. The power of mind, food, action combined!

So happy to share two recipes that made last week so much more enjoyable! Initially I was not really not a fan of calling something egg salad when it doesn't have egg in it. Vegan and raw food recipes seem to do that a lot and now I totally get it. It's about giving you a frame of reference for what the dish is like where taste and texture are concerned. The raw chicken salad totally looks like a chicken salad. And the raw mayo in the egg salad makes the same sound that mayo makes as you're stirring it all together.

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Better Than 'Chicken' Salad

Adapted only slightly from the marvelous My Poor Tired Liver

*Gluten-free *Dairy-free *Vegan *Raw

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small apple, chopped into cubes
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/2 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 tbsp raw pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp plain sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp nori flakes
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/3 medium yellow onion
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste, garnish with more sesame seeds

PREPARATION

  • Put cucumber, cashews, walnuts, sesame seeds, nori, and onion in your food processor
  • Pulse briefly, until your "chicken salad" reaches a chunky consistency
  • This doesn't take long at all
  • Check it as you go or it will get too watery
  • Empty contents into a new mixing bowl
  • Mix in chopped celery pieces and hemp seeds (add more than 2 tbs of hemp seeds if your salad is too watery), pine nuts, and a squeeze of lemon, to taste
  • Add Salt + pepper + sesame seed garnish
  • Serve on a bed of lettuce or avocado or use a chard leaf to create a roll up