Vegetable Orange Salad: A Natural Medicine Recipe

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So, here’s my simple recipe that I promised to share with you as mentioned in my last post, “Organic Raw Food as Your Medicine.” This recipe, a crunchy- real juicy- healthy-delight to munch on, is an antidote to flu or to an itchy throat and a delectable treat to your slimming tummy as well. This is a total vegetarian salad too, less the meat, fish or  cheese.

Prep time: 30 mins
Yield: Serves 1- 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head romaine lettuce, torn into bit-size pieces
  • 2 medium orange, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 small size cucumber, sliced
  • 2 small carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium sized tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced

Vinaigrette Dressing:

  • 1 tbsp chopped stevia
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 small garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 tbsp calamansi/lime juice
  • 2 tbsp blue vinegar
  • 1 tsp spicy hot vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the salad bowl and have vegetables and fruits thoroughly washed.
  2. Place the bite size lettuce in a bowl, add orange wedges, slices of cucumber, carrots, celery, tomatoes, and give it a gentle toss.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all vinaigrette dressing ingredients, or place in a bottle, cover it and shake.
  4. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss lightly, then it’s all ready to serve. Enjoy!

Tips:

  • If you can’t avail organic products in your area, best soak the vegetables and fruits for about 5 to 10 minutes in one part vinegar to three parts water, then rinse them under running water to effectively get rid of pesticide residues.
  • I use oranges in this recipe. For variations, you may substitute oranges with pomelo, but if you want it extra sweet and juicy, try the Philippine favorite fruit in season – mangoes!

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Vegetable Mango Salad

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Orange and mango salad

  • Or, a mix of orange and mangoes on this vegetable salad. This also tastes unexpectedly good too, a new favorite!
  • The blue vinegar I use here has an extract of blue ternatea flower from Gigi Morris @ Moca Farm , which makes plain-looking vinegar turned wonderfully bluish pink, and tastes good too! Blue ternatea flower is a powerful natural antioxidant and has a memory enhancing effects. You may also use any vinegar according to your preference and as a substitute.

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  • I replaced honey and brown sugar with stevia ( I grow some for family consumption); it’s zero calories and zero glycemic index. It also has a lingering natural sweetness, and it adds a tinge of green in my vegetable salad ingredients.

These are my home-made salad recipes, and I don’t add any dairy- based dressing  for a healthier option. However, you may make your own version of salad too, adding other herbs you think is best for your health and taste.  I hope you can try making and enjoy my home-made salad recipes; see how it works for you;  and maybe we can hear from you soon!

By the way, to all mothers and soon-to-be moms out there,  Happy Mothers Day!

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