Wednesday, 15 June 2011

All weather raw veggie salad

The one thing we can depend on here in the UK, is that you never know what the weather is going to do! One minute I'm wearing a T-shirt and flip flops, the next I am sat huddled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle and fluffy slippers! It is quite a challenge as I never know what to dress the girls in and they end up with multiple outfit changes a day; but hey, it gives us something to talk about and keeps us on our toes right?!

I have the perfect vibrant and uplifting salad for both chilly and warm summer days! It is really fragrant, with a warming subtle spice that is just what I need on a brisk day like today. It is also packed with nutrients from the raw vegetables, and also from the spices, with a generous amount of turmeric, lime, garlic and ginger. It feeds your body as well as your soul.

Turmeric is a wonder food.  I sneak it into as many dishes as I can, sweet or savoury! 
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, can help with a whole list of conditions and illnesses. It is also anti inflammatory, a blood clenser and an effective digestion aid, making it perfect partners with lentils and beans!

All weather salad
Ingredients:
2 Courgettes (zucchini), grated
6 Carrots, washed and grated
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated
3 garlic cloves, chopped
6 tbsp cold pressed un-toasted sesame oil
2-3 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp organic turmeric powder Zest of half a lime
Handful or parsley or coriander (cilantro)
1-2 tsp fresh chopped or dried chili fakes
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Mix the grated carrot and courgette together in a bowl.
In a mini chopper blitz all the rest of the ingredients to make a dressing.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and stir well to coat!
One thing I thought of after we ate the salad, is that it would be great with some sesame seeds sprinkled over the top. Will definately try that next time!

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