Gingered Salad

 

Gingered Salad
 
For a post Thanksgiving recipe I thought it would be a good time to lighten things up. So I have a nice healthy fresh salad for you that still captures all the savory flavors of fall. This entire meal was inspired by a new salad dressing I tried. Sun Moon Kitchens Ginger Miso Dressing. Not only is it delicious but it also is locally based and I love supporting local business. If you live in Florida you can pick of this dressing at most Whole Foods, or you can order a bottle at www.sunmoonkitchen.com. To compliment this dressing I added some apple and fresh ginger root to spice up this salad. If you haven't cooked with ginger root before start with a small amount as it can be pretty intense!
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Ingredients
  • Spinach
  • Apple of choice chopped
  • Section of Ginger Root finely chopped
  • Cucumber sliced
  • Avocado sliced
  • Cashews
  • Ginger Miso Dressing (Sun Moon Kitchen)
Instructions
  1. Combine desired amount of ingredients and add dressing.
Notes
Ginger is obviously the star of this recipe. What I love about ginger is that it not only adds a lot of flavor to any dish, but it also has a medicinal use as well. Ginger is used as an herb in Chinese medicine to treat nausea and upset stomach as well as preventing and treating a colds. In fact if you are feeling any of those symptoms one of the best things you can do is boil up some ginger root and make a tea.


The benefit to adding ginger to salads is that ginger is very warm in nature. This is in direct contrast to the salad which is very cold in nature. The problem with eating cold foods is that it makes it very hard for you body to digest. That is why it's common to have digestive upsets such as bloating and gas when eating raw foods. But when you add some warming ginger to this dish you help to neutralize the temperature making it much easier for the body to process.


Another aspect that appealed to me about this dressing was that it contained Miso. The healing properties of Miso are attributed to the fact that it is a fermented food. The benefit of fermentation is that it creates all this healthy microflora, which in short makes your intestines very happy. And when your gut is happy and healthy your entire immune system is boosted. Miso is also considered to be an anticancer and antiviral food. It is packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K, making Miso a powerful healing food in my opinion.


As you can see this Salad Dressing packs quite the nutritional punch! This salad is already healthy but when you add this Ginger Miso dressing you take it to a whole new level!