I've had some recipe failures lately, which causes a halt in my posting. This one, however, was a winner. A fresh, but hearty salad with plenty of protein and a creamy dressing. I don't eat Thai food as often as I'd like to, but I've always loved it. My version of Thai food may not be the most authentic, but it certainly is tasty.
I like using two greens in this salad. The first is always nappa cabbage, and the second is either collard greens or kale. I used kale this time around, but I actually prefer collard greens. If it's an inconvenience to use two greens, this salad works just as well using only the cabbage. We're also filling this salad with some peppers and one of my favorite fruits.
I used one red and one orange pepper, mainly because I like to have as many colors on my plate as possible. (Eat the rainbow! Just not the Skittles one, please.) You can use just red or red and yellow, just don't use green. Green peppers, let's be honest, are pretty bland.
The main reason I chose to not use a yellow pepper was because there is already yellow-colored produce in this dish: mango! Mmm, mango. The mango in this salad is absolutely necessary, it's really what makes it so summer-y. You might be asking yourself, "but when aren't mangoes necessary?" Well, darling, you're preaching to the choir. I actually buy two mangoes when making this salad so I can eat one while chopping the other. Otherwise, I'd eat half of the one for the salad while chopping it. I can't resist mango..
My biggest struggle in making raw food is finding a good source of protein. When making salad, I almost always throw some lentils or chickpeas in, which are not raw. This salad does have peanuts and peanut butter, but those are technically not raw. However, I find that most raw foodists make the exception for nuts since they are nearly impossible to find raw as they will go rancid. I do have another protein in this salad. It's totally raw and it's also one of my favorite sources of protein. It's clean, it's complete, and it comes from one of the most amazing and useful plants: hemp. Hemp seeds are one of the best foods I have ever discovered. I eat them every single morning in my oatmeal. I'm amazed I didn't think of using them in a salad earlier!
Have I convinced you yet that you should eat this salad? I mean, we have two greens, delicious fruits, peanut butter(!), and a super clean source of protein. It's basically perfect and you're probably salivating, so I'll just go ahead and give you the recipe.
Thai-Inspired Summer Salad
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