This salad was an experiment for my Rouxbe cooking course that was a success. I learned that even vegetables that we don’t traditionally eat raw are crisp, fresh tasting, and surprisingly delicious with little to no fuss. This was not a dish I would normally prepare and it may push me to try more raw food dishes in the future. It was much more colorful and beautiful in person then I could capture in the photo even though I went outside to use the natural light. As a bonus, root vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals, folic acid, and are high in fiber, and low in calories!
Kale, about 6 cups, stripped, rinsed, and roughly chopped
juice of 2 lemons
About 1/2 cup ground walnuts
About 2 tsp stone ground Dijon mustard
2 small carrots or 1 large carrot, julienne cut with knife or mandolin or shred in food processor
1 golden carrot, julienne or shred
Celeriac root, fine julienne cut, I used about 1\2 cup and roasted the rest for a snack
About 1\2 parsnip, julienne cut or shred in food processor.
About 1 tsp chopped garlic
A handful of sliced sun dried tomatoes
A handful of dried berries or raisins (I used golden berries)
A handful of raw pumpkin seeds
*Feel free to substitute away with ingredients as I made this dish from what I had in my fridge and cupboard*
Grind or finely chop the walnuts , mix with lemon juice, mustard, and a pinch of salt if desired and set aside while you prep the veggies.
Prep your veggies, sun dried tomatoes, and berries.
Place the kale into a large bowl and add the lemon walnut mixture and massage the kale with your hands for a couple of minutes until the kale starts to soften.
Toss the veggies, garlic, and berries with the kale, plate your dish and top with pumpkin seeds or whatever seeds you have or like.
All of the veggies in this dish were from my weekly CSA from Lackawaxen Farm Company. It has been a great adventure getting new vegetables every week and finding ways to incorporate them into our meals. It is coaxing us to eat more seasonally, is a great value, and is a lot of fun!
Remember to have fun with your food and enjoy!