Yesterday was the 4th of July and in traditional American fashion we celebrated with some grilled meat and brownie sundaes (OK I don't know how traditional brownie sundaes are for the 4th, but we basically just felt like indulging!). Needless to say, we needed a bit of a "detox" from that incredibly heavy meal, so I made this light, cleansing, and mostly raw salad!
The dish is made with a light, tangy peanut dressing which provides lots of flavor to cling to the raw veggies. I added the cut vegetables to the dressing and let them sit for an hour to tenderize a little bit, but this step isn't really necessary. If you are planning on having leftovers, keep the dressed veggies separate from the lettuce until ready to serve - that way the lettuce won't wilt!
Mostly Raw Asian Salad
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey
1 T rice vinegar
1 T soy sauce
1 tsp toasted seasame oil
3 T peanut butter
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T fresh mint, chopped
2 T fresh chives, chopped
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1 large red pepper, cut into matchsticks
2 cups of broccoli, cut into bite-sized florets
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
8 cups mixed greens
In a large bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until smooth. Add the carrots, pepper and broccoli and toss well to combine. Just before serving, add 1/4 of the dressed veggies to 2 cups of mixed greens and toss well. Sprinkle seasame seeds on top and serve.