This nutritious cranberry, apple, cashew broccoli slaw salad is easy to make, looks really pretty, and tastes sensational.
Tonight is my book club meeting and pot luck dinner. I volunteered to bring a salad, but I didn't want to just bring an ordinary salad.
As usual, I went to the market, looked at the produce and waited for inspiration.
First, I selected some broccoli slaw which is made by Dole and comes in a clear bag.
It's just shredded broccoli stalks and carrots. Nothing else. ( tastes great)
Next, I bought organic red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, 1 large navel orange, some organic cranberries ( only available in the season) ,
and some green organic romaine lettuce.
I started to imagine a kind of sweet and tangy salad.
When I got home, I assembled the salad, added some organic raw cashews, organic raisins, and started to experiment with a dressing.
I made a very light dressing, but you could use any dressing or add some avocado to mine in the blender.
Ok , I confess that the raw cranberries in the salad are really tart, but I only used a handful for color in the salad, and I like the tartness .. Also, the tartness is balanced by the sweet raisins and the raw honey in the dressing..
This could make a great salad for Thanksgiving, especially if you are looking for a raw dish or are vegan.
1 bag of broccoli slaw ( other brands make it too)
2 cups of organic romaine lettuce, cut up for salad
1 organic granny smith apple, cut into bite size chunks
1 organic red delicious apple, cut into bite size chunks
1/4 cup of organic cranberries, chopped ( adds beautiful color)
1/2 cup of organic raisins
1/2 cup raw organic cashews ( I get mine in Trader Joe's) or use walnuts or cashews
Optional: 4 sprigs of fresh mint, washed and chopped
Assemble all ingredients and toss in a large salad bowl
2 Tablespoons of raw organic honey ( or maple syrup grade B)
Juice and the fruit of one large navel orange
1/4 cup of organic cranberries
2 slices of fresh ginger ( a must)
1 TBsp lemon juice
1/4 cup of water
|Making this dressing was really easy in my new Nutribullet|
You've probably seen the commercials for the new Nutribullet , a high powered blender that blends even flax seeds, nuts, etc. I have a Vitamix, so I really hesitated to buy another product. I love the Vitamix, but it is very cumbersome, and when I make something that is not liquid, I have a hard time scooping it all out from the blades on the bottom and often loose some of my recipe..
After watching the commercials for the Nutribullet, I was hooked. I love the idea that I mix everything and then remove the blades and everything stays in the jar. I'm enjoying my new machine because it is small and I keep it on the counter or it actually fits into my deeper kitchen drawers. Also, the clean up is a cinch because I'm basically cleaning only the blades and everything else stays in the jar.
Do you need both? No!
Would you use both? Probably
Which would I buy if I could have only one?
You can buy the Nutribullet for under $100- my Vitamix was over $400.. I do like it, don't get me wrong. I can do just about everything in my bullet as I can do in the Vitamix except for making soup ( which I don't like making in plastic anyway).
Both machines use plastic containers; the bullet is BPA free.
Do you have one? Leave a message about your thoughts about it.
Continue with instructions:
Mix all dressing ingredients in any blender until smooth . Allow to sit in refrigerator for about 2 hours for flavors to mingle well before serving. The dressing will have a beautiful pink hue and hint of ginger taste.
Variation for a thicker dressing. add 1/2 avocado, or 1/4 cup of raw cashews ( wont be good with toasted cashews) or both and a little more ginger.
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