Around five years ago, before I began this journey I would think about salad as a garnish or a small part of my meal which I ‘should’ have because it’s the right thing to do. It would usually take up less than a third of the plate and in most cases would not be all that tasty.
These days, the simplicity of salad is so very alluring and attractive to me. And in most cases it would be proportioned as 100% of my meal. I heard a profound statement recently while listening to a very interesting podcast called ’50 Years on Raw Food’ with Dr Fred Bisci and after being asked whether he missed the conventional type foods such as the SAD (standard american diet) and his response was so simple. He said, after a while you just lose the lust for it. That rang so true to me.
Unfortunately many find it very difficult to break away from bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and all those other comforting carby morsels – but what I learnt is that if you can just take the first step – along with learning and understanding combinations and flavours – you really do just lose the lust for it. And it’s a wonderful feeling, especially if you’re the kind of person (like me) who would constantly berate myself for eating them, so never truly enjoying what I was eating without feeling that little bit of guilt creeping in. It’s not good for the soul, and whatever it is that we choose to eat, we should eat it with enthusiasm and love so in turn our body reacts and respects it.
So what brought the blog about today is this very tasty and very simple salad – 4 simple fresh ingredients and as always – a dressing to die for… thank you to my great friend Hanzi for the inspiration. Just grab some very fresh and preferably organic broccolini, red capsicum, goji berries and avocado. It’s not necessary but a great idea to soak the broccolini, red capsicum and goji berries for a few hours or overnight in the dressing as I found it just made them a little more digestible. The dressing simply consists of olive oil, sesame oil, coconut balsamic vinegar, big squeeze of fresh lemon and/or fresh lime with some sea salt. I didn’t have any cayenne pepper left otherwise I would have added it also. The little colourful bits in the photo is finely chopped dulse seaweed which I threw in at the last minute.
Here it is again, written nice and clearly:
Salad Ingredients: Broccolini, Red Capsicum, Avocado and Goji Berries
Salad Dressing: Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon, Lime, Sea Salt
Simple…Colourful…Tasty…and Very Very Satisfying…