This salad has it all, flavor, crispy, crunchy, refreshing and full of sesame goodness.
I love a salad with a good sesame dressing and this one is great for so many reasons. It is great on its own but if you make the whole vinaigrette recipe you can add this salad to a plate of mixed greens, kale that has been massaged with a little oil, top it on some wild or steamed rice and whatever else sounds good.
I enjoyed it with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc but it would also be good with a crisp cold sake or even a Riesling. And if you’re into reds try a nice Beaujolais. For a beer I like a Asahi Super Dry.
Recipe: 2 – 4 Servings
- 1/2 Recipe Sesame Tangerine Vinaigrette ( I like to make the whole recipe incase I add this salad to anything else)
- 2 Cucumbers
- 2 Carrots
- 1 Cup Radishes (about 8 – 12 depending on how big they are)
- 1/2 Cup Purple Cabbage – minced
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro Leaves
- 1/4 Cup Fresh Basil – minced
- 1 Avocado
- Black Sesame Seeds to taste
- Roasted Almonds (optional)
Start by making the vinaigrette. (you can do this the day before if you want)
Cut off the ends off the cucumbers and then with a peeler or a mandoline slice the cucumbers length wise into thin strips. (you can cut them however you want really)
Put the cucumber slices on a piece of paper towel and to remove excess water.
Slice the carrots like the cucumber and add to a large bowl.
Wash the radishes then slice them fairly thin and then stack them on each other and cut them into thin match sticks and add to the carrots.
Mince the cabbage, cilantro and basil then measure and add to bowl.
Add the cucumbers.
Slice the avocado into bite size piece and mix everything in a bowl and add the desired amount of dressing.
Sprinkle each plate with the sesame seeds.
*A great addition is roasted almonds – bake for 18 minutes on the middle shelf on 350 degrees.
Cucumber are a good source of A and B vitamins that gives you energy and the skin benefits from the really high content of vitamin C which ironically is primarily in the skin of the cucumber. They help eliminate toxins and keep you hydrated with the water content, which is 95% and the dietary fiber aids the digestion and helps with heartburn. They are known to dissolve kidney stones by lowering uric acid levels. There is research in connection with reducing the risk of several cancers due to 3 lignin’s it contains. The juice is beneficial to diabetics due to a hormone it contains that help the cells of the pancreas produce insulin. Cucumbers help reduce cholesterol levels and regulating blood pressure so its great for both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. It is an excellent source of silica, magnesium, and potassium that help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues and is great for you skin, hair and nails.
Carrots contain beta-carotene that is then converted into vitamin A in your liver and helps restore vision. They lower the risk of coronary heart disease and are high in antioxidants that help in cancer prevention. They may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve the immune system.
Tangerines are a type of mandarin orange. They are a valuable source of flavonoid anti-oxidants that are several times higher than oranges, but have even more vitamin A and iron. The vitamin A in them helps with immune function, vision and reproductive health. As with all citrus they are still very rich in vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen and helps keeps your skin supple as well as stimulating cell generation in the body. Antioxidants are found in high concentrations in the rind of tangerines, which fighting off free radicals keeping the body’s cells healthy while purifying the blood and remove toxins. They contain natural soluble and insoluble fiber that improves digestion and restrict the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which helps cut the risk of obesity and reduce inflammation. Tangerine fruit has been used effectively against skin diseases and arthritis. They also help to absorb iron from food in to the body and contain a good amount of Folate and Potassium.