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!