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Thursday, June 28, 2012

CSA Slaw with Quinoa

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when we made the decision to buy a half share csa, i figured it would help alleviate the burden of grocery shopping. unlike most people, grocery shopping is a chore to me. reading labels, pushing carts, checking clipped coupons (if i ever remember to bring them!), having the internal debate over brands is tedious to me. because we are a one-car couple now, the bulk of this duty lies with me as i am the one who commutes to work. 

what i didn't take into consideration tho, was that we still do have a need for certain proteins, pantry staples, and toilet paper. further, i neglected to think about eating habits. i've said it before, summer's bounty begs to be eaten in its most natural form, not only for ease of preparation but also it's the best way for the body to absorb nutrients and blah blah blahs of these veggies. but sometimes, the rawness can get to you, despite knowing the health benefits of it all. it's a difficult balance.

in any case, this recipe was found because we had picked up broccoli, had half a cabbage head in the fridge and i had confessed to being stressed out about what the heck to put together for dinner, and throwing all the veggies, cleaned, shredded or diced, into a bowl and dressed up with some olive oil + acid base seems to be the way of life around here.

slaw

Broccoli, Cabbage and Kohlrabi Coleslaw With Quinoa
adapted from the NY Times

we stuck to the same veggies but i changed up the dressing to be vegan/dairy free.

juice of 1 lemon
approx 1/4 cup tahini
generous splashes of unsweetened coconut milk
2 generous TBL dijon mustard
1 TBL ginger rice vinegar
salt/pepper to taste

whisk in bowl, thin out with a bit of water or more coconut milk. dress salad, serve immediately.

12 comments:

  1. I've never used coconut milk in a salad dressing before. Looks great.

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    1. just to be clear, it was not coconut milk from a can, it's the drinking variety. it just happened to be what i grabbed for. there's buttermilk ranch dressing, why can't there be coconut milk tahini dressing? :)

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  2. Love to use coconut milk in this unique summer salad. Must try! Looks lovely!

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  3. Great post! We hit the slaw last weekend too - very tasty. May I ask what brand of tahini you like? We found the orange and white can (JOYA, maybe?) to be pretty gross when making hummus . . .

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    1. i just asked dw where we got our huge jar from, it's from the local punjab corner grocery store. this looks like it...

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    2. Terrific - thanks. We have not tried this brand . . . will be on the lookout!

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    3. Terrific, thanks! We'll try to find it . . .

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  4. I hear you on the CSA: It's great, I love it, don't get me wrong, but... what a pain to wash and prep all these greens this time of year. (And my CSA is giving us 4 different types of summer lettuce plus spinach plus a fresh herb right now). And you're right -- you do still have to buy toilet paper. Sigh...

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    1. YES, you get it. it's such a constant thing: going various stores for certain things and in dw's case, certain brands of things. it's exhausting!

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  5. I can totally relate to you on this. I don't have a CSA--it just stressed me out too much, to be honest. I felt like I was always trying to catch up and I didn't like having random things forced upon me. But I'll often go to the farmer's market and load up on things, but then realize that I also need protein and meat apart from all the veggies. I'm terrible unbalanced with my food shopping. This slaw looks like just the exact kind of low-stress meal I need!

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    1. hello, thank you for visiting! i should explain, my csa allows us to choose what we want, as opposed to some that just pick it for you & you get what you get. we've been choosing ingredients that we are familiar with but also try to pick at least one item that we've never had or have no idea what to do with. it makes for interesting cooks and eats! :)

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