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Thai inspired Salad

October 10, 2019

This salad is Thai inspired – great for a lazy simple but yet healthy weekend salad, or as an idea for your Meatless Monday! This dish I am sharing with you is a simple way to start incorporating more plant-based foods into your lifestyle and it certainly does not have to be boring. Yes, it’s possible to make your own pad Thai-inspired raw vegan salad that is delicious and hearty enough to serve as a main dish. 

Key is here to use all fresh ingredients including your herbs, enhancing the flavour in this dish with the fresh, quality ingredients, in particular, the cilantro. Believe me, the dried version just does not do the same, so be mindful if you’re using this version.

Toasted, crushed or chopped peanuts are traditional in pad Thai noodle dishes, however, I aim to stick to more natural ingredients like keeping the nuts and seeds within its raw natural state. This will save you time and you buy the already activated nuts and seeds from bulk stores like Scoop Whole Foods. Nuts and seeds should always be soaked and dehydrated (or bought already activated) as this allows the sprouting process to take place and allowing the minerals, proteins along with good fats to be absorbed better. It is known to reduce the phytic acid within the bits and seeds and these acids usually bind with minerals and prevent us from digesting them and absorbing all the goodness they have to offer, hence why we activate them.

Try this raw food recipe for a delicious and nutritious vegan Pad Thai salad.

INGREDIENTS 

2 Large Zucchini’s 

1 Cup of bean sprouts

1/3 Cup finely chopped celery

2 Small pieces of parsley freshly chopped 

1/2 Cup fresh cilantro chopped

1 Red Bell Pepper or yellow pepper (not into peppers and they don’t work for you, then some julienne cut carrots)

1 Tablespoons fresh ginger **optional

1 Lime juiced

1 Lemon juiced

2 Tablespoons of coconut oil

1 Teaspoon of liquid amino’s (Braggs brand) or coconut aminos 

1 Tablespoon of tahini paste raw cold-pressed

FOR SPRINKLES: (Keep this separate)

2 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast

3 Tablespoons of pine nuts or nut-free sunflower seeds

1 Tablespoon of sesame seeds

1/2 Teaspoon dried chilli (kids version you can take out) 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Once zucchini is cleaned you can either spiralize it or use a grater.

Combine the zucchini, bean sprouts, finely chopped celery, fresh herbs, peppers, option to add a bit of chopped ginger. Then sprinkle the lemon and lime juice along with coconut oil, liquid aminos and tahini. Mix lightly with your hands in a large bowl.

Set aside, whilst the zucchini marinades you can blend the “sprinkles” in your food processor by adding the nutritional yeast, pine nuts, sesame seeds and chilli until it is a fine powder form. Use this to sprinkle on top of the salad at the end once dished up.

1-2 Portions 

Charissa Areington

Charissa Areington, a Health and Wellness Coach, I am committed to supporting others in achieving their own unique potential, through finding their path to their health. This is based on their own bio-individuality. We all have our own unique ways on how to achieve a healthier, vibrant, active lifestyle. My unique approach to wellness coaching is not only looking at the fitness aspect but also the nutritional viewpoint on and off the plate, it’s the support you will get along with healthy tips and inspiration that will allow you to connect with what works for you. I love to inspire others whether being fitness or healthy living, educating and supporting clients in achieving their health goals, through simple easy accessible, lifestyle adjustments, this is key for me. Many of my recipes are naturally vegan, gluten-free, paleo or low carb, with no added refined sugars. I aim towards finding healthier alternatives when it comes to food choices with a positive benefit of crowding out those inflammatory causing foods. As a personal health guide, I aim to inspire a healthier lifestyle through good choices when it comes to finding alternatives to more wholesome foods, my recipes create an overall concept of clean eating in a unique way, adding more whole foods and superfoods into your lifestyle will naturally crowd out those high sugar, processed foods that our bodies don’t need. My aim is to share healthy alternatives and how to simply add these into your lifestyle in your own unique way, its finding what works for you. My experience in the health and wellness side started years ago, I have always been passionate about living an active healthy lifestyle, hence why I feel the need to share with others, health can be accessible, easy & convenient, it’s just finding what works for you.

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