Written by Petra Denk
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Why should one imitate pizza, hamburgers and make raw food dishes look alike? Red Salad with curried cashews is one of the best examples that raw food doesn’t need any fake.
I hope, that you’ll understand me, if I say that I have no problem with substitutes. When I replaced the pasteurized cow's milk in our family through rice milk, this was a real improvement for the health of our youngest daughter. Her digestive complaints rapidly belonged to the past, when we started with it. I have therefore nothing in principle against healthy herbal alternatives.
But ... and here comes a big BUT - I do not think that any court should be converted into a raw version. This means for example - please no raw food pizza for me! Although this cold replacement product may look like pizza, but: In my opinion the taste is far away from what we generally mean by “pizza”. I appreciate most of the really great recipes, which the raw food community has established. But - some bread recipes, which are made out of various minced vegetables and nuts and formed into a slippery loaf - I do not understand how anyone could even come up with the idea to call such a thing "bread"!
So my conclusion is: The raw food diet doesn’t need to imitate fast food! Because raw fruits and vegetables are so intense, flavourful and delicious and recipes should emphasize that! Just because they are not cooked and denatured... And if you combine these natural delights with spices, herbs, oils, nuts or seeds you can produce food that provides not only health benefits, but also high taste quality plus a beautiful vivid look. So why would you want to transform this into a pizza?
One of my favourite raw food recipes is "Red Salad" - a brilliant mix of red cabbage, red beet, seaweed and marinated curry cashews. I think, this is a good example for the thesis, that raw food is unique in flavor. The inventor of this dish, Raw Food Chef Matthew Kenney (http://www.matthewkenneycuisine.com), has mastered the art of creating balanced taste in raw food cuisine to perfection. The aromas of red cabbage and beet go well together - and the turnip can act as turnip here and does not have to pretend being a bread or a slice of bacon on a pizza;-)
Tipp: You can get usefull informations about the health benefits from seaweed on this page: http://www.balancemebeautiful.com/wakame-seaweed-health-benefits/
- 1 red beet (raw!) - Cut into thin strips with the julienne
- ½ head cabbage, finely planed
- ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- A pinch of salt
- ¼ cup Wakame seaweed (superfood!)*or other algae, soak in ½ cup full of water for 30 minutes, then drain
- Fresh herbs for garnish (optional)
* Read more about superfood "Wakame seaweed": http://www.wellnesstoday.com/nutrition/wakame-the-sea-vegetable-you-should-be-eating
Mix the beetroot, red cabbage, the soaked seaweed, mint, oil, vinegar and salt and let the mixture marinate for 15 minutes.
- 1 cup cashew nuts
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
- A pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch of salt
Mix the oil with cashews, curry, cayenne pepper and salt. After that you can mix the salad with the nut mixture. Garnish with a few mint leaves and a few extra cashews on top.
Tip: If you prepare the salad for about 2 hours before eating, the tastes and flavors of this dish will come out even more intense!