CALIFORNIA CONFETTI SALAD
This is one of my husband Gene’s favorite salads that is packed with superfoods like cilantro, baby kale, cabbage and ginger.
Gene and I like this combo best, but feel free to substitute veggies or add more variety of veggies to this recipe.
½ savoy or green cabbage finely chopped
2 large handfuls baby kale finely chopped
4 Persian cucumbers or 1 cup English cucumbers diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 large handful cilantro rough chopped
1 medium apple diced (Envy, Opal or Pink Lady apples work well)
½ cup organic raisons
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes or 1 cup tomato diced (added at last minute after dressing)
Fold In Choice Of:
Shelled pistachios, peanuts, cubed cooked chicken breast, shrimp, white sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds
Toss all ingredients together until evenly mixed.
2-3” fresh ginger peeled, rough chopped and then chopped finely in a food processor. Add 3 cloves garlic or for subtler flavor, 1 tbls shallot, 4 tbls. mayo (or avocado mayo if vegan), 5 tbls rice vinegar, 3 tbls sesame oil and 2 tsp Dijon mustard to the ginger and process until smooth.
Cover the veggie mixture with the dressing and toss well adding tomatos at the end.
Cilantro aka Chinese Parsley /coriander,has been a staple in cuisines around the world with it’s use dating back centuries. If you enjoy Mexican food, you’ve tasted cilantro in guacamole.
Here are a few of cilantro’s many health benefits:
Recent studies show that cilantro attaches to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury in the bloodstream acting as a “bio absorbent”. This process, called chelation, helps our bodies eliminate metals from our systems through our excretory systems, to cleanse and purify our tissues, organs and blood. Cilantro leaves contain the bioactive components, flavonoids, saponins and fibers capable of absorbing and chelating heavy metals.
The leaves of the cilantro plant also have potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial effects as well as the significant chelating properties mentioned above.
Researchers have found that cilantro may provide many other health benefits in the form of reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as raising energy levels and promoting healthy hair and skin.
In Traditional Asian Mediciine, cilantro has a predominantly cooling and grounding effect and has been known to contribute to detoxification pathways within the body by stimulating the liver. By stimulating the liver and increasing bile production, cilantro helps contribute to the overall lowering of LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
With it’s many health benefits, unique taste and versatility, cilantro can be an easy, low cost addition to incorporate into your wellness plan.
A Votre Sante,
PS Stay tuned for easy, delicious cilantro recipes in the coming weeks.