Thursday, March 17, 2011

Chinese cabbage salad with orange sesame dressing



Hey hey my little veggie lovers...
This salad is the bomb. Really. It is. Its my spin (kinda) of a Chinese chicken salad, although mine is kicked up a notch with tons and tons of fresh veggies, and a very clean and healthy dressing that has zero refined sugars, lots of vitamins, and tons of good sesame flavor.
Make this salad a few hours in advance and let it sit in the fridge so that the dressing can soften the cabbage and the flavor of the red onions will be a little more mild. Also make sure when making the dressing that you use Grade B Maple Syrup. It is a completely different product than Grade A. It does cost a little more but is so worth it. It is full of good vitamins.
Hope you all have a great weekend and make yourself something vegan and delicious while you are at it!

Chinese cabbage salad 
with orange sesame dressing 
serves 4-6

What You Need:
2 small heads of green cabbage, washes and shredded
2 5-ounce packages of Teriyaki flavor baked tofu *Trader Joe's has a great one, but there are other good brands at your health food stores too* cut into cubes
2 cups sugar snap peas, cut in half
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1/4 of a red onion thinly sliced
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
2 small or 1 large can of mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup cilantro

Sesame orange dressing: 
1 cup good quality orange juice (not from concentrate)
1 inch of fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp. Grade B maple syrup
2 Tbsp of brown rice vinegar or regular vinegar
2 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
3 Tbsp. sesame oil
3 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce or Tamari
1/4 cup cilantro

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. 

Assemble Salad: 
In a large serving bowl mix all salad ingredients except the almonds. Add the dressing. Toss well to coat. Allow the salad to sit in the fridge for about 2 hours before serving to soften the cabbage. Add the almonds all over the top just before serving.

9 comments:

  1. Yum! This looks great! I love the colors, and can't wait to try the Asian inspired dressing!
    Jesse @ Happygoluckyvegan.blogspot.com

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  2. I LOVE Chinese Cabbage Salad!!!! So excited for this recipe because I've never made it...and I am sure yours is amazing!!! Loaded with protein too! Thanks, Lova ;-)

    Happy St Patty's Day to you the fam! You're def lucky to have a part Irishman to pinch all day, hehehe.

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  3. This looks so colourful and fresh!

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  4. This sounds really good. I love using freshly squeezed orange juice in ANY recipe! Happy St. Patty's Day! xo

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  5. I love Mandarin Orange salads. Very pretty!

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  6. This looks SO GOOD! I love the sound of that orange sesame dressing. YUM!

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  7. Morgan, this looks fabulous! I love all the raw goodness of it. I am excited to make this one.

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  8. What a beautiful salad! I must try this!

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