Awwww, this weather is fabulous, not only does it stir up those desires to get outside and enjoy it before it becomes too hot but it also stirs up those desires to get in the kitchen and create great tasting meals with all the fruits and vegetables that are now coming into season. Today I’m going to teach you how to create a fresh and tasty slaw in only 3 easy steps.
P.S. when I say “slaw” I’m not talking about your traditional cabbage slaw. Do I have your attention? Awesome, because I list the steps below on how to make something fabulous in the kitchen.
3 Easy Steps To Creating a Fresh and Tasty Slaw
- Choose your base! You will see the recipe below uses corn and cucumber. You can use whatever your taste buds desire. For example, avocado and mango or peach and mango, cucumber and mango, pineapple and avocado or even strawberries and avocado. Get creative, there are so many options. Most of all focus on flavors that you enjoy! While you may not know what those are that’s a-okay just experiment.
- Add the extras! Make your slaw colorful and tasty by adding in the extras. Use colorful bell peppers also purple onion and jalapeño for the green. Although, if your digestive system does not do well with spicy, leave out the jalapeño. You can use lots of cilantro for green or another version of green if you are using the jalapeño. Another idea, add in colorful cherry tomatoes, and black beans for more layers of color. The most noteworthy part of lots of color? Variety of nutrients. Every color has it’s own nutrient makeup. As a result of eating a good variety of color is a good variety of nutrients.
- Dress it up! Use some sweet and some acid because it will make that dressing pop. Use a rice, apple cider or white wine vinegar. You could also use lemon or lime as your acid base instead of vinegar. Use a good quality olive oil or avocado oil. Raw honey or 100% maple syrup are both good sweeteners and of course always season with salt and pepper.
If you don’t know by now I am a HUGE supporter of eating LOTS of fruits, vegetables and good quality whole grains. As a result, putting together a tasty, summer slaw can help you get in more fruits and vegetables therefore getting in more nutrition. First of all…you will boost your fiber intake which is super important. Most Americans are eating SAD (Standard American Diet) which is so low in fiber and so sad. Here’s another thought, you will also get more micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals. In addition, your bonus…more antioxidants!
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Corn and Cucumber Slaw
Fresh and Tasty Summer Slaw
- 1.5 cups corn kernels; fresh frozen or canned
- 1/2 cup hothouse cucumber diced small
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper diced small
- 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced or diced small
- 1/2 - 1 avocado
- Handful of cilantro
- 1/2 jalapeno seeded and minced
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp good quality olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, except the avocado.
Adjust the flavors according to your liking (ie: add more honey, or more vinegar, etc).
Allow slaw to marinate for about 10-20 minutes.
Serve on top of a 1/4 - 1/2 avocado and alongside your choice of protein (chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, tofu).
Adapted from 1-2 Simple Cooking