One of my favorite raw food blogs , or I should say raw dessert blogs to follow is Fragrant Vanilla Cake. Amy is an absolute artist when it comes to raw desserts. I just love seeing what she comes up with and how creative she gets using raw foods. Looking at some of the pictures on her blog makes me want to eat the screen, her desserts looks so scrumptious! 🙂 She really is amazing and I definitely recommend you check her out. She usually focuses on raw desserts but recently she posted a few winter salad recipes, so of course I had to try them! One of them was a brussels sprouts salad.
I have to admit that I would see brussels sprouts at the market and for so long have passed them right up, mostly because the idea of eating them raw just didn’t appeal to me. But, I am always looking to try new things so I was definitely excited to try them! And I have to say that this salad with the pomegranate and pecans really makes for a perfect mix. So, thank you Amy for this great recipe!
This citrus mint dressing is oil-free and no salt added. The beauty of raw foods is that when they are ripe, organic and in season the flavors are so robust you don’t need salt and oils to cover up the natural flavors. This salad is made with nothing but whole, fresh, foods nothing artificial or chemical and nothing processed. Knowing that alone makes it even that much more enjoyable to eat!
It really is so important to eat a variety of foods on the raw food diet. Sometime it can be so easy to stick just with spinach, or kale or some other green but each has its own important nutritional value and we should really be benefitting from all of them. So, I hope you try this and love it!
2 cups brussels sprouts sliced
1 pomegranate (seeds of)
1/2 cup chopped raw pecans
Place all the above ingredients in a large bowl.
To make the dressing:
2 oranges (juice of)
1 lime (juice of)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
several fresh leaves of mint
Blend the above ingredients in a mini food processor and pour over salad tossing to combine well. Serve immediately.
Just a few health benefits of brussels sprouts:
– Brussels sprouts are high in fiber.
– Research has shown that these vegetables protect against cancer by promoting healthy DNA, and have detoxifying effects.
– They are a good source of folate, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and manganese.