I’m cleansing…sort of.  A friend recommended a raw cleanse and I am following her advice.  I set aside two days and loaded up on carrots and celery.  At the end of the first day, I’m not sure what I think.

After eating one banana, a few apples, a bowl of cherries and a salad of romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper, I wanted something a bit more substantial for dinner.

I had grand plans of going to the store to pick up produce, but the lack of energy prevailed, and I turned to my refrigerator instead.  Using what I had on hand, i created this recipe for Raw Apple and Grape Coleslaw with Basil.

Raw Apple and Grape Coleslaw with Basil


1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 apple, sliced into matchsticks
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
1/4 cup chopped basil
1 tablespoon thinly sliced shallot
lime juice, to taste
rice vinegar, unseasoned, to taste
1 teaspoon of mustard*
dash of paprika*
ground black pepper, to taste*
sesame seeds, raw

*not raw according to the strictest rules


1.  Combine cabbage, carrots, apple, grapes, basil and shallots in a salad bowl.

2.  Toss the salad with lime juice, rice vinegar, mustard and season with paprika and black pepper, to taste.

3.  Arrange the salad on a plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Perhaps, if you have more time, allow the salad to marinate for half an hour – but be sure to leave the basil out and add it at the end.

Have you tried to follow a raw diet? Please share your success stories and favorite recipes!

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