The Bay Area is currently experiencing a heat wave and I’m absolutely loving it. With temperatures in the 80s it has felt like Summer and the other day I even got a sunburn after sitting outside having coffee with a friend. (Although, I’m not sure if that says more about the heat or for the fact that I’m incredibly pale these days. Clearly I need to re-read my post on sun care and avoiding getting burnt!) As the days are warmer and the nights stay light longer, the last thing I want to do is stand in a hot kitchen which means that something quick to put together and cold is the perfect solution. The other night I created this Paleo Broccoli Slaw salad and it was incredibly delicious! If you are new to broccoli slaw, it is a great alternative to traditional coleslaw as it shares the same crunchy taste but has more health benefits! I know that this is definitely going to be a summer staple at my house and it also would be fantastic to take to a party as it will travel well. Of course, you can add chicken (or tofu if vegetarian and not paleo) to this but I like it as is!
Paleo Asian Broccoli Slaw Salad
- 1 bag of Broccoli Slaw (approx. 12 oz)
- 2 cups chopped Snow Peas (Snap Peas will also work)
- 1 Cucumber, de-seeded and chopped
- 3 Carrots, chopped
- 3 Green Onions, chopped
- 1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped, putting 2 T. aside
- 1/2 C. Almonds, chopped
- 2 T. Sesame Seeds
- 1/4 C. Olive Oil
- 1/8 C. Coconut Aminos (or GF Tamari if not strict paleo)
- 1/8 C. Tahini
- 1/8 C. Unseasoned Rice Vinegar
- 1/2 T. Toasted Sesame Oil
- 1/2 T. Minced Fresh Ginger
- 1 Garlic Clove, Minced
- 1 T. Sriracha (or to taste)
- Half of Fresh Lime, juiced
Note: I like my salads lightly dressed so I used only 1/4 cup of dressing and had some leftover but people who enjoy more dressing may want their salad coated more thoroughly.
1. Chop cucumber, carrot, snow peas, green onions, cilantro and almonds.
2. Combine the above, except for the almonds, with the broccoli slaw mixture in a large bowl.
3. Add all dressing ingredients, except for the olive oil, to blender or food processor and blend until combined.
4. On a slow speed, combine olive oil into mixture.
5. Pour salad dressing on salad and toss thoroughly, coating mixture.
6. Add almonds, sesame seeds and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
What’s your favorite warm-weather recipe?