Slaw

Easy carrot and cucumber slaw with garlic herb dressing

Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean we cannot eat bright and light meals anymore. As much as I love fall and winter’s rich and heavy meals I still like to have summery meals. This carrot cucumber slaw is perfect for those days when you want something light and fresh. 
Ingredients
2 large carrots 
2 Persian cucumbers
3 green onions sliced thinly
1/2 a red pepper
dressing:
2 cloves garlic
1 handful cilantro finely chopped
juice from 1/2 a lemon 
salt and freshly ground pepper 
3 tbsp olive oil
Directions
– Mix all dressing ingredients and set aside.
– Cut the carrots, cucumber and red pepper into strips and mix with the dressing.
– After adding the dressing to the veggies, let stand for at least 30 minutes before serving. The longer they sit the better the flavor. 
– Serve with any protein of your choice. I served mine with grilled salmon and a Caprese salad. 

Cabbage and herb slaw with oranges

I am one those people who does not like to throw away any food so I am always trying to find ways to use all fresh produce before it goes bad. I find it so annoying when a recipe calls for 5 leaves of basil but you can only buy a whole bunch. Since basil has a short life, I almost end up throwing away half the package after using what I need.
I made some naan bread pizza with basil the day before and had plenty of basil left over. I was determined not to throw this basil away so I had to find another recipe that called for fresh basil. I got an idea to make a slaw with herbs from Martha Stewart online. Thanks to Martha and her culinary genius my basil was saved from the trash can. I used her recipe as a base and added my own twist to suit my tastes.
This is a typical summer dish and I know we are in the middle of winter so bear with me because I refuse to throw away my basil. After all, this girl is on a budget.
Below are the step by step directions on how to make this easy and tasty slaw. Enjoy!

Ingredients
4 cups shredded cabbage with carrots
1 avocado
2 green onions sliced
1 small tomato with insides removed
1 navel orange
2 tbsp champagne vinegar
1 cup fresh basil torn
1/2 cup parsley chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cut skin off from oranges with a sharp knife then slice oranges along membranes to release segments. Make sure you do this over a bowl so you can use the juice for the dressing. Once orange is segmented, squeeze juice from membranes into the bowl .You should have segments like the picture below.
  • Mix the orange juice, champagne vinegar and olive oil in the small bowl until well emulsified.
  • chop fresh parsely and tear basil leaves
  • Place cabbage, parsley, green onions, basil , tomatoes, avocado and orange segments into a bowl and mix gently. Seaoson with salt and pepper to taste
  • Let salad stand for 15 minutes before serving  for maximum flavor.

I served my salad with spicy fried rice and grilled chicken.



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