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Red Cabbage, Apple and Carrot Coleslaw

Photo credit: Food Matters Website

Recently, Ranger Craig and I watched the full length feature film documentary, Food Matters.  A compelling look at the food we eat and how it affects our health and well-being.  It’s an absolute truth that we are what we eat.  Food can affect our bodies and minds either positively or negatively;  all the more reason to keep your food real and consume less processed foods.

Fresh and flavorful whole foods are a treat to the taste buds.  Whole and healthy foods don’t have to be tasteless, but can be transformed into divine and delicious meals. Using fresh herbs, aromatics (onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, carrots, celery, peppers, etc.), spices, healthy oils and whole seasonings keep the fresh foods bursting with flavor while nourishing our bodies.

So, when you serve your next barbecue pork, chicken or beef (all natural and organic of course), try serving this delicious fresh whole foods mixed coleslaw salad with your meal.  It will complement your main dish, give your body health boosting nutrients and satisfy your taste buds.

I loved this recipe so much I wanted to share!  Recipe (and photo) adapted from the Food Matters website. 

Serves 3-4 (recipe easily doubled)

Ingredients

  • 3 cup of red cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 6 carrots (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1 granny smith apple (thinly sliced)
  • 1-2 cups fresh spring greens (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
(toasted if you like)
  • 2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (raw or organic if you can find it)
  • 3/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

handful of pecans or walnuts for garnish (I like the nuts toasted)

Directions

Use a knife or food processor to chop the cabbage, carrots and apple Julienne style. Throw your sesame seeds in (I like using black and white sesame seeds) or toast them lightly in a frying pan.
 Toss all of this together.

For the dressing combine the ginger, vinegar and oil and stir with a spoon.  Add this to the cabbage, carrots and apples evenly.
Top with more sesame seeds (fantastic source of Calcium).  Salt and pepper to taste and add pecan nuts for a delicious nutty taste.

Enjoy!

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3 Comments

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    Suzie Sue
    April 27, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Just what I have been looking for to serve with my home made burgers. Thanks for sharing 🙂 So happy I found your blog! I’ll be back for more 🙂

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      Karista
      April 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Suzie, Thanks for “liking” the salad recipe! I just took a peek at your blog and it looks fabulous! I’ll be stopping by again, it all looks so yummy. Happy Cooking!

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