Cumin Spiced Raw Broccoli and Carrot Salad
June 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
Although it’s not time to harvest most vegetables from my garden yet, finding some nice organic broccoli is not hard to do. Health food markets and almost all supermarkets now carry organic vegetables.
Dark green vegetables like broccoli are so healthy for us, and there are many ways to make it taste delicious as well. It can have a strong taste, almost bitter, so try to think of different ways to flavor it. Melted butter and sea salt of course, but check the pantry and fridge for different things like spices, herbs, cheeses, etc. so it doesn’t get boring eating the same steamed thing all the time.
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and most members of the cruciferious vegetable family are best cooked I think, but here is a recipe for a delicious raw salad I think you’ll make often. Like I said, broccoli has a strong taste, especially raw, and I think it needs some sweetness to balance that. So I added some currants and also carrots to this salad. A few chopped nuts give it crunch and cumin make it really tasty.
This is a good salad to have for lunch or as a side dish. It is loaded with Vit A, C, E and K and folic acid. It also has minerals such as calcium and iron.
So remember what your mother said, eat your greens, she was right.
1 1/2 lb raw broccoli. organic preferably
1 large carrot, organic
1/4 to 1/2 cup currants
1/2 cup chopped almonds or cashews, or pine nuts not chopped
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup mayonnaise (great if you have your own homemade)
3 TBL lemon juice
1/4 tsp cumin
salt and pepper
Soak the currants in a small amount of boiling water to soften them while you make the salad.
Using a food processor, shred the broccoli into nice small pieces. If you don’t have a food processor, just chop by hand. Put into a bowl, and grate your carrot right into that. Add the chopped nuts, yogurt, mayo, lemon juice and cumin. Stir well to make sure it’s all mixed together nicely.
Drain the currants and add to the bowl. Toss again.
Taste before adding the salt and pepper, then add to your liking. Give it a squeeze of fresh lemon juice right before eating too.
This is good eaten right away but better if you let it sit awhile (in fridge)