Category Archives: Salads

Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad

What better time to share this simple salad recipe then when the farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and grocery stores (if you must!), are brimming with tender ears of sweet corn.  I created this recipe last year after learning from a local farmer that you can eat sweet corn raw without it ever touching a grill or a pot of boiling water.  This experience even inspired me to grow my own.  I was able to convert many naysayers last summer, and now it’s time for me to make a believer out of you! 

Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad

Raw Vegan

Ingredients:

3 ears of fresh sweet corn, husked and cut from cob (or 3 cups frozen, thawed)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 small avocado, diced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt 
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions:

After husking and cutting corn from cob, pull out as many corn silks as possible.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Serve immediately or allow to marinate.  This salad is even better the next day!  Serve as a side, with tortilla chips, or as a topping for tacos.  Serves 4-6.

Recipe Highlights:

  • In addition to adding bulk to our stool (as we all know;), corn contains B vitamins, including folate, as well as Vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorus.
  • Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which are thought to lower
    cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease. This fruit is also
    high in fiber, Vitamin E and C and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
  • Red onions contain the elusive antioxidants only found in purple foods.  Onions, in general, are also high in sulfur (said to improve hair, skin and nail health), are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and contain anti-cancer properties.
  • Basil also has anti-bacterial an anti-inflammatory properties and is high in vitamin K (necessary for proper bone formation and blood clotting).

 

 

 

Cherry Avocado Salad

Love was in the air when I served this seductive salad, brimming with nature’s aphrodisiacs, this past Valentine’s Day.  Adapted from a recipe found in The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge, this continues to be one of my most shared and complimented recipes.  My sister first served the original version of this salad to me 4 years ago, and the flavors and sensations that aroused my palette then, continue to hold steady each and every time I make it.  Use this salad to reignite the flame in your relationship, and if not, well at least you’ll have a damn good salad that is sure to make you scream out for more!

Cherry Avocado Salad

Vegan

For Vinaigrette:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar 
1 1/2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
dash of cayenne pepper

For Salad:

Baby romaine or mixed greens
1/2 cup dried cherries (preferably with no added sugars)
1/2 cup sliced red onion
1/2 cup thinly sliced fennel
1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted or candied pecans
1/2 avocado, sliced
Alfalfa sprouts, optional

Directions:

Combine all ingredients for vinaigrette in glass jar and shake.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Construct salad and top with half the vinaigrette, serve remaining on side or save for another day.

Recipe Highlights:

  • Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats which are thought to lower
    cholesterol and reduce your risk for heart disease. This fruit is also
    high in fiber, Vitamin E and C and has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
  • Cherries are the richest fruit source of iron, and are also high in beta carotine, potassium, folate and antioxidants.  This super fruit is also thought to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis and gout, and protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • Pecans have the highest antioxidant content of all the nuts, and are thought to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Fennel is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium and niacin.  It is high in vitamin C, which is antimicrobial and helps to boost the immune system.
  • Alfalfa sprouts are teeming with life and contain many vitamins and minerals, including B12!  The chlorophyll that comes from the sprouts exposure to sun helps build and cleanse the blood.
  • To your health,

    Jillian Rose