Asian Slaw Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing

With writing a blog, running an Etsy, and staring up my own business, the weekends are a time of productivity. I am the bee after all:  keeping busy, working, and building my dream. My Virgo attitude of getting things done connected to my bee solar plexus chakra animal makes my weekends full of to-dos. Not to say these are chores, but they are activities I do to be productive and proactive in my health, happiness, and personal growth. So Every day I do something creative, I am productive in managing my business, and I get some form of exercise in to help my body stay healthy. I also make my own healthy meals, sometimes being creative and trying something new. Today was one of those days.

During winter, people find it a challenge to eat raw foods. We prefer warm, comforting meals due to the cold weather and emotional energies winter brings. When we cook food, we are breaking down nutrients. Eating raw meals, we get the full nutritional value from our foods. Even though most of the plants people eat raw, such as lettuce and tomato, are summer vegetables and gone for the season, there are many ways to achieve raw meals with winter produce.

Our home is stocked of winter vegetables like brussels sprouts, carrots, red cabbage, turnips, and broccoli. I decided to use a variety of these items to make a winter salad that was Asian inspired.

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This Asian slaw salad is filled with brussels sprouts, carrots, red cabbage and cilantro. That’s a lot of wonderful health benefits in this tasty raw dish. Here are some of the healthy benefits of the ingredients:

Red Cabbage – Red cabbage is amazing for bone health and development. It contains  calcium, magnesium, manganese, and other important minerals that help protects against osteoporosis and arthritis.

Carrots – These orange vegetables are full of Beta Carotene, which form vitamin A. Vitamin A is good for improving our eye health, improving eyesight and preventing issues such as blindness and macular degeneration as we age.

Brussels Sprouts – Brussels Sprouts target many areas of our body. They help our digestive system with its high fiber amounts. They brings us many antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Brussels Sprouts also support our cardiovascular system and can lower chances of heart attack and stroke.

Plus the honey lemon sauce adds a sweet and tangy taste to this rawmazing dish.

Asian Slaw with Honey Lemon Sauce Dressing

(serves 6-8)

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts
  • 1 bunch cilantro – chopped finely
  • 1 lemon -juiced
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In food processor, shred red cabbage, carrots, and brussels sprouts into fine bits.
  2. Toss in large bowl with diced cilantro and mix to combine.
  3. In a small dish or measuring cup, pour in sesame oil, honey, and juice of the lemon. Whisk with a fork and pour over slaw mixture.
  4. Mix dressing thoroughly into slaw and place in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. (The longer the slaw sits, the more time the dressing has to absorb into the vegetables).
  5. Serve with sprinkled sesame seeds on top.
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