Crunchy Asian Salad with an Easy Sesame Ginger Dressing
This Crunchy Asian Salad is easy, satisfying, and has an abundance of health benefits! Keep reading to find out what those benefits are!
2 cups Napa cabbage, sliced thinly or shredded (coleslaw style)
1 cup red cabbage, sliced thinly or shredded (coleslaw style)
4 spring onions, sliced thinly (Hint: use kitchen shears for quick cutting here)
1 cup carrots, shredded (I buy mine pre-shredded)
1/2 cup edamame
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped (Hint: herbs are vegetables too! Cilantro contains magnesium, folate, iron, and chlorophyll, and is therefore a nice source of nutrients and antioxidants)
2 tablespoons peanuts (or nut of your choice) Chicken thighs (optional)
Combine all ingredients (how easy is that!). I marinated chicken thighs in a little olive oil with salt and pepper while prepping the salad, then grilled for 5 minutes each side. A lot of protein is present in the salad with edamame, peanuts, and chicken.
Ginger Dressing: 1 tablespoon ginger 1 clove garlic 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar 1/3 cup olive oil 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (add at end!)Blend in blender or Vitamix until smooth. Coat salad with dressing. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of salad for an appetizing finish before serving. Enjoy!
Why: Did you know that cruciferous vegetables, like cabbages, and the allium family, which includes onions and garlic, have phytonutrients that prevent and fight cancer? Research has been conducted to show how certain plants impede the growth of cancer cells and tumors. Check this link out.