Summer Slaw with Ginger Miso Dressing
The July 4th weekend weather here in the Northeast didn’t disappoint (read: summer is finally here in full swing!!), and we spent a good deal of time at the beach and at BBQs, and hanging with friends where food was a constant. What did you eat in abundance over the holiday week(end)? Were there enough healthy options? This Summer Slaw is a great way to get in some healthy food that is still fun and tasty and just a bit different. There is still plenty of summer left and you’ll want to make this slaw. Often.
Don’t let the fact that you don’t like to chop veggies—-or that you don’t have time to chop veggies—get in the way of making this Summer Slaw. Buy carrots that are already shredded, or buy all of the veggies already shredded if it means you’re going to enjoy this Summer Slaw. It takes less than 5 minutes to make the dressing and it’s so tasty that the slaw will be fabulous regardless of how the veggies were prepared.
GREAT TASTE AND GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS
A good dressing really makes or breaks any salad. Slaw is no exception, and really relies on a flavorful dressing to carry the otherwise bland vegetables. Raw ginger is a wonderful way to flavor a dressing. Not only does it impart a sweet, pungent, crisp taste but it’s loaded with anti-inflammatory benefits. Miso is a paste that is made from soybeans (you can find varieties made from chickpeas or other grains as well), sea salt and a starter that produces the fermentation. Miso is a great digestive aid as it is a natural probiotic and restores beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Miso is also a good source of B-Vitamins, protein and antioxidants. It strengthens the immune system and protects against free radicals and improves the quality of blood. Miso is a great way to make a dressing creamy without having to add in any dairy. The combination of ginger and miso makes for a super tasty dressing that is vegan, glutenfree and loaded with health benefits.
The summer is still young, and Summer Slaw can really be as simple as buying an already chopped up mix of carrots and cabbage—–if you’ve got a killer dressing like this one to toss on top.