05 September 2008

Most satisfying salad

I recently came upon the book "RAW The UNcook book - New vegetarian food for life" By Juliano, very interesting concept that by eating raw like our ancestors did we will be healthier.
My father spoke to me of this raw food diet a couple of years ago when one of his friend (gravely ill but on the road to recovery thanks to this diet) gave him the book "L'Alimentation, ou la troisième médecine" by Jean Seignalet, a doctor who preaches a return to eating more raw food, no dairy... like the "paleolithic diet" or "ancestral diet".
Even though I love cooking and baking, I also see the benefits of these kind of diets and the book RAW inspired me to make the following salad with what I found in my fridge and garden.

A meal in itself salad
2 persons as a main course
1 medium size courgette
1 carrot
1 tomato (I scored a very tasty heirloom tomato at the co-op!)
1 avocado
1 celery stick
100 gr red cabbage
6 or so fresh basil leaves
1/2 a lemon juice and pulp
Sunflower seeds
Vinaigrette (see previous post)

Wash all vegetables then use a peeler to make shavings and shave the courgette (zucchini) and carrot, dice the tomato, and celery stick, thinly slice the avocado . Cut the red cabbage very thinly.
Pour all in a serving dish, chop the basil leaves over, add the lemon juice and sunflower seeds (you can gently toast the seeds in a pan it gives a nice taste). Sprinkle with vinaigrette and eat at once.
Bon appétit