real raw kitchen: RECIPE: wakame cucumber salad

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

RECIPE: wakame cucumber salad

As a woman in my child-bearing years it is extremely important for me to prep my body for a potential child. Even though I'm not a mama and not likely to be one soon, the cleaner and more stocked I am in essential vitamins and minerals the more I will be able to provide for my child. 

Dried Wakame

Vitamins are fairly easy to obtain naturally through fruits and vegetables. Minerals are as well, though they are a little trickier to store up. Sea vegetables are a great way to get a large dose of hard-to-obtain minerals like iron and iodine. Sea vegetables also have a healthy dose of folate and vitamin K. Each of these are very important in women's health, and especially important for pregnant or breast-feeding women, and even women thinking about becoming pregnant. 

As such, sea vegetables are also an anti-inflammatory food and help lower the risk in estrogen related cancers.

Attention Earth Mamas! This salad is delicious and is for YOU! It's perfect for prepping your super woman self for one of the best things in life.



Wakame Pesto Salad
1/4 cup dried wakame, soaked in water
1 cucumber
1 pint cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 large handful each of basil, flat leaf parsley, cilantro
juice of one lemon
sea salt and pepper to taste

Take 1/4 cup of dried wakame and soak in a bowl with water while you prepare the rest. Once it's ready simply drain it and rinse it to get the straight-out-of-the-sea taste off. Slice and quarter your cucumber. Slice your cherry tomatoes in halves. Put the rehydrated wakame, cucumber, and tomatoes in a bowl and set aside. Combine everything else (oil, ACV, garlic, basil, parsley, cilantro, lemon juice, S/P) in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour over the salad ingredients and store in the frig until you're ready to eat. It's best to let the ingredients soak together so the pesto sinks into everything.

Simply divine.


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