This Cold Negi Soba Soup is a refreshingly delicious cold soup made with fresh raw vegetables and with a slight hint of ginger and garlic and all naturally nama shoyu. The shredded and julienned fresh, raw, crunchy, colorful vegetables are attractively presented on the Shiitake-kombu base.
“This was a beautiful and refreshingly sweet salad, perfect for a light lunch. The mixture of the fresh fruit and greens together with a sweet and tangy creamy dressing was a great combination. I don’t usually eat poppy seeds, but it worked rather well with this dish and added a nice crunch. It’s important to remember that poppy seeds contain opiates like morphine and codeine, although the cultivated western poppy seeds contain little opium if any. I’m sure they’re safe in small quantities as a garnish as they are usually used.” – Indulge
This really is one of the best combinations ever. Simple, elegant, and sensuous. Apparently there are over 400 varieties of mango worldwide. My favorite, from the three or four varieties I’ve tried, is the champagne mango. I’m seriously considering a trip to India just to sample mangos.
The abundance of organic peppers in season locally around here makes me want to start adding them to everything. In turn they help cool you down in the heat, which is why the hotter the climate, the hotter the food, usually. One of my favorites that I grab handfuls of at the farmer’s market is jalapenos. They have such a nice sharp green pepper flavor with just a hint of spice that seems to disappear seconds later. When you first take a bite of this hummus you think it’s going to get really hot, then it just sort of disappears. The ample amounts of lime and salt help soften the bite, and the fresh fragrant cilantro blends beautifully to mellow it out.
I love the accent of the fresh mint against the bubbly tang of the sour grapefruit and lime juice. I also prefer to use a natural sparkling mineral water, but you can use any sparkling water.
This salad is why I trek (well really I drive) 30 miles to the Thai/Vietnamese market on the north side of Chicago to get my supply of green papaya. Green papaya, as well as green mango, is used in abundance in Asian food preparation. The dressing for the salad is both sweet and spicy which I find very addictive!
Green Papaya is known to have an abundance of the enzyme Papain that breaks down protein which in turn aids digestion. As the fruit ripens, the enzyme content decreases, so you are doing your body good by eating the unripe fruit.
The Thai/Vietnamese markets are also a great place to pick up fresh bean sprouts, long beans, and tamarind. You can also pick up a relatively cheap mortar and pestle to make it the traditional way.
I love this salad, definitely one of my favorites. You don’t have to be exact with the measurements for the salad part, just make as much as you want and throw it all in a big bowl and toss with the dressing. I’m always surprised at how much I eat of this salad, but once you toss all the veggies with the dressing, it sort of shrinks down in size. Well, that’s my story anyways, and I’m sticking to it. It just tastes so darn good, all that crunchiness and sweet and salt and spiciness! Yum.
For the salad:
1 1/2 Cup Shredded green cabbage
1 1/2 Cup Shredded Napa cabbage
1 Cup Shredded red cabbage
1 Cup Sliced baby bok choy
1 Cup Mung bean sprouts
1 Young Coconut Young Coconut Meat Sliced into thin noodles
“If this kick ass kale salad doesn’t get you to love your greens, I don’t know what will. Russell James is a raw chef in England with amazing eye candy recipes. He did a chef’s residency at The Plant in Dumbo, NY where he made this dish daily for the staff and they simply couldn’t get enough of the creamy smoke flavor.” – Indulge
Wilted Kale Salad with a Creamy Chipotle Dressing (raw)
For the Wilted Kale:
4 Heads Kale (this will seem like a lot but will wilt down when the salt is added)
I had wanted a pressure cooker for a while. I love beans and soups, but the canned stuff just didn’t do it for me. I never liked the idea of eating anything out of a can as it couldn’t be that fresh or healthy anymore and wasn’t very environmentally friendly. Yet on the other hand, cooking beans all day long didn’t sound like an efficient use of energy either. Finally, last Christmas we got a pressure cooker and didn’t have to debate the purchase anymore. Immediately I fell in love with it after my first few attempts with it. I could pour some water and beans in it and make a soup in only 20 min. (8-12 min. of the stovetop being on). It has been a considerable time saver and saves a ton of energy. I don’t even mind soaking the beans overnight or 8 hours, I could just pour the water over the beans in the morning and they are ready to be cooked by dinner. Alternatively though, you can also quick soak them in 20 min. by cooking them under pressure for a minute and then letting them sit. Also if you soak them in hot water instead of room temp. they only need to soak for about 4 hours or so.
This is the first soup I made in the pressure cooker. I had just kept adding a lot of dried seasonings and garlic to the water since I didn’t have a “vegetable stock”, then I turned it to high pressure and crossed my fingers. To my surprise it turned out amazingly delicious, with a lovely balance of flavors. An earthy exotic black bean soup. Salty and tangy with a hint of spice.
You don’t have to have a pressure cooker to make this soup (although I highly recommend them). You can also make it in a regular pan, it just takes a lot longer. You can also use canned black beans and just warm it up and add the other flavors and ingredients to it. It just won’t taste as fresh and homemade.