Today we have yet another example of how “healthy” and “delicious” are really the same word when cooking with real food. I never stop being amazed at just how delicious whole, natural, fresh foods can be when prepared in the right ways.
Between the kale, goji berries, beets, and oranges, every bite of this gorgeous salad has about a year’s worth of antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients. But the flavors are even more powerful than the health benefits. And while this salad is to-die-for delicious by itself, when we dress it with orange juice and a hint of sesame oil, it reaches a whole new level. You’ve got to try this one.
You’ll notice two things about this recipe: (1) there are a ton of ingredients, and (2) I have no measurements listed. With this much stuff, it would be silly to provide exact measures (especially when I didn’t even measure them myself…). Simply make a nice base of cabbage, add a little chopped kale and grated carrots, then throw in the rest of the ingredients however you like. Because this list is so long, feel free to omit anything that’s too hard to find or expensive (i.e. goji berries aren’t cheap).
- Shredded cabbage
- Chopped kale
- Grated carrots
- Sliced golden beets
- Orange slices
- Green onions
- Goji berries
- Raw cashews
- Sunflower seeds
- Orange juice
- 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
- Sea salt
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
Instructions: Add all ingredients to a bowl and eat. … Okay, I can do better than that, but seriously, this salad is so easy once you have the ingredients. You really don’t need to measure anything at all and it takes less than 10 minutes to throw together.
As mentioned, this recipe has no measurements – use your own judgment. In a large bowl, add the shredded cabbage with some finely-chopped kale and grated carrots. This is your base.
Next, gather all the other ingredients and chop them if needed. Beets are great if sliced in thin half-circles, the green onions can be sliced, the orange should be peeled and pulled into wedges. Everything else can simply be thrown into the salad whole. Add a handful of each and toss until you have the perfect mix of ingredients.
Make the dressing with the juice of one orange, 1-2 teaspoons of sesame oil, and sea salt (don’t skimp on salt – it adds a lot here). Pour this over the salad and toss until well mixed. Then, divide the salad into serving bowls and sprinkle a few sesame seeds over top. Yum!