Cabbage, Radish, and Cucumber Pressed Salad

Posted by on Mar 29, 2010 in Blog

I’ve been investigating yet another way of eating, still vegan but more specific, Macrobotic to be exact. I’m still researching, but I’ve started some of the principals of this way of eating which actually most vegans do. I will post a more in depth description of Macrobotics at a later posting.
I made this salad today for lunch, it was so good! You would think the salad would be mushy, its actually really crunchy. This may be one of your new favorite salads. (I found this salad in “The Kind Diet” book).
Cabbage, Radish and Cucumber Pressed Salad  

Serves 2-3 (although I wanted to eat it all!)                
5-6 leaves napa cabbage, thinly sliced
3 red radishes, thinly sliced
3 whole scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced on the diagonal (peel only if the cucumber isn’t organic)
1 apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons umeboshi vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds
Combine all the vegetables and fruit in a mixing bowl. Add the vinegar and massage the vegetables with your bare hands until they begin to wilt and release some liquid. this may bake a few minutes. The mixture should feel wet. Form into a mound and place a small plate on the mixture within the bowl and place a weight on top (I used a pan filled with water or a heavy jar or can would work too). Press for 20 to 30 minutes. Pour off the excess fluid, and give the salad a good squeeze with your hands. If it tastes too salty, rinse under cold water, then squeeze again.
Sprinkle with sunflower seed.

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