Rainbow Sesame Cabbage Salad

Did you know that foods that are naturally saturated in color have a tendency to have more nutrients?  True story.  Berries, kale, carrots, broccoli, etc.  I was looking for something robust, filling, and tasty, but not just “another salad.”  I happened upon this kind of intense vegan blog, but it had a few really good recipes.  This is one of them. The recipe follows

Rainbow Sesame Cabbage Salad

Over The Rainbow Cabbage Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing
Yield: 4 servings
About 6-7 cups of roughly chopped red/purple cabbage (I used 1/2 of a large cabbage)
1 carrot, shaved with a peeler into 2-3 inch strips
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
2 handfuls of fresh parsley, chopped finely (or use other herb)
Half a batch of Lightened Up Tahini-Lemon Dressing (or make the full batch and save for later)

Here are my notes on it.

Chopping up purple cabbage

Cut up your cabbage.  My small red cabbage used 1/2 a head.  Cut it into quarters, then easily cut the corner of the wedge off to remove the core.

Carrot Strips

Peel your carrots, then use the peeler to shred them into manageable strips.

Chopped Celery

Cut up a few ribs of celery

Sliced Bell Pepper

And a bell pepper

Parsley Bunch

Then half a bunch of parsley

Raw Cabbage Salad

Then throw it all in a bowl

Raw Cabbage Salad

Give it a toss

Raw Cabbage Salad

Plate it up

Get going on your sauce now

Lightened Up Tahini-Lemon Dressing
Yield: Just under 1 cup of dressing
1/4 cup Tahini
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/4 cup Nutritional yeast or a bit more, to taste
2-4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
1 tsp kosher salt + freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
3 tbsp water, or as needed

1. In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients and process until smooth. Makes just under 1 cup.

Nutritional yeast tahini lemon dressing

Nutritional yeast is tasty in a lot of different things.  It has a mild nutty flavor reminiscent of parmesan cheese.  It’s great sprinkled on popcorn with salt and garlic powder and butter, and also crucial for this sauce recipe.  Grocery stores with robust bulk bins tend to have this.  Our local Fred Meyer carries it as well as most of the natural food and high end grocery stores in the area.

Rainbow Cabbage Salad

I topped ours with some sauteed shrimp.

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