Chances are, if a dish contains avocado, I will eat it. There's "salad," and then theres this. This Rainbow Ensalada is one of my absolute favorite go-to Raw-Vegan salad recipes. It is simple, colorful, satiating and seriously bomb. This quick and easy Garlic, Cashew salad dressing enhances the ingredient's natural flavors without taking away from the simplistic taste of raw foods in their whole state. A.k.a - it tastes like a thick caesar dressing (without the horrific taste of dead anchovies.) This recipe requires minimal effort and supplies maximum enjoyment. Fo' real.
The ingredients for this salad are easy to find and even easier to work with. I always, always make it a priority to buy organically grown or locally sourced ingredients when possible. The vegetables will be fresher, more tasteful and more health-inducing. There is something so special about seeing where your food was gown, and by whom it was harvested. The bond between farmer and consumer is something that is so meaningful, and often unknown by so many of us. I cherish market day here on O'ahu so immensely. I guarantee that your food will taste better if it has been grown and harvested without the use of harmful pesticides and toxic additives. Want to know more about where and why I shop? Check out my page LOCAL
This recipe includes various health-promiting foods and super-foods. Two of these ingredients in particular, are Nutritional Yeast Flakes and Shelled Hemp Seeds. Nutritional Yeast Flakes, or "Nooch," is a staple in my diet. Like a huge staple, which allows me to satisfy those sometimes not so healthy/sorta want a vegan "cheez" pizza cravings. Nutritional Yeast tastes so incredible and provides a nutty, cheese-like taste. As for Hemp seeds, they're also so delicious and beneficial. If you know me, You know I love my hemp. Both of these ingredients are available for you to purchase online. You can shop the link below and save 10% with my SunFood Discount Code
- Hemp Seeds - Hemp seeds are incredibly rich in zinc and magnesium. Raw Hemp seeds contribute to healthy immune function, healthy bone growth and providing our body with natural sources of iron. These small seeds consist of 36% protein and all of the essential amino acids. A serious superfood - They taste nutty/creamy and are able to used in a large variety of recipes, including salads, smoothies and raw granola.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes - These flaks are the vegan/vegetarian/plant-based eater's key to healthy sources of B vitamins. "Nooch" is exceptionally high in b12, as well as Vitamin b1, b2, b3and b6. B vitamins contribute to the body's process of making natural energy from food. Our bodies use this protein to build and maintain healthy bones, skin and muscles. Nooch is entirely gluten free and 100% pure vegan. When buying Nutritional Yeast Flakes, always read labels and ingredients. Stray away from brands that use any "Natural Flavorings," or other additives. Nutritional Yeast tastes "cheezy," and is often used on soups, salads, pizzas and other vegetable dishes. Or if you're like me, you basically will just want to spoon feed it to yourself 2-3x a day.
1 head romaine lettuce
1 large tomato
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced white cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
GARLIC/CASHEW DRessing recipe:
1/2 CUP SOAKED CASHEWS
2 HEAPING TBSP. Hemp seeds
2 HEAPING TBSP. Nutritional Yeast Flakes
JUICE OF 1/2 LEMON
1 TSP. RAW APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
To soak cashews, place raw (unsalted) cashews in bowl of water for approx. 4-8 hours. You'll only need the cashews for this recipe, so once done soaking, remove cashews and use the excess water to feed your plants or water your garden. Thoroughly wash and dry Lettuce, Cabbage, Tomato, Cilantro, Cucumber, Green Onion and Red Onion. Cut up all ingredients and place in bowl. To make salad dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a high speed blender. You may add more black pepper, AC..V or garlic powder to your liking. Once dressing is blended smooth, remove from blender and stir into salad bowl. I have learned that this salad tastes best when you mix all ingredients in a bowl and then pop it in the fridge for 15 minutes or so to marinate the raw veggies and allow the dressing's flavors to be absorbed.
Enjoy! This salad is freaking delicioso!