Thursday, May 22, 2008

Salad - Getting Hot in Here

Lame post title, but it's the best I can do this early! In the cooler weather, I started to crave warm foods, not necessarily anything cooked, just something that felt comforting. While I enjoy soups, I can be quite lazy about pulling out the blender. Here's a great alternative- the dehydrated salad.

Toss ingredients in a bowl, in this case: tomatoes, corn, spinach, chopped mushrooms and onions. Pour a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, crushed garlic and ginger, sea salt, and a bit of agave over it all, and toss well. Spread on dehydrating racks and dehydrate for 3-4 hours. I like to stir occasionally to prevent bits of spinach from crisping up.

The whole family loves these salads. (I added avocado to this one after it finished warming up.) There's a lot of, "can I have a pinch?" and "when will it be ready?" all of which makes me happy. We get more greens in this way too, as they're easier to consume once they've wilted down a bit.



HiHoRosie said...

Huh, I never thought to put my salad in the dehydrator but your salad looks mighty TASTY! And topping with avocado makes it even more enticing. :)

Rediscover Raw Food said...

HHR - It's a nice change of pace sometimes, just be careful not to overdo the dressing.It could get a little too cooked-like!

Birch Center said...

Wow, what a great idea! It looks delicious, too. Thanks.
Oh, I LOVE the pictures in that top banner. Great looking food.

Michelle J said...

Very interesting! What does the salad taste like? Just a warmer version of a cold salad or is there a difference in taste?

Rediscover Raw Food said...

It does taste different...more like cooked versions of the ingredients, but not quite. Go easy on any sweetener you use though, or it'll end up tasting candied!