Hey friends and happy Wednesday!
It’s a winter wonderland here in NYC. So naturally, I got to cooking.
So this recipe, is actually one from the glory days of my previous blog, GlutenFreeHappyTummy. And this particular recipe of mine, was actually published in Paleo Living Magazine!
It’s called my Purple People Pleaser Salad, and as the name suggests, it is out of this world.
This is my go-to dish for anytime I have to bring a dish to a get-together. And let me tell you, this bad boy right here always steals the show 🙂
No more boring “salad in a bag” — this dish will be the hit of the pot luck.
It’s colorful, crunchy, healthy, and absolutely BURSTING with flavor!
And it’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2 hungry people as a main dish…or 4 as a side dish)
1/2 head of purple cabbage, shredded
2 carrots, shaved into long strips with a veggie peeler
1 cucumber, seeded and sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced thin and soaked in ice water
1/2 red pepper, sliced thin
15 green beans, chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 avocado, diced
3-4 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
12 cashews, chopped
1-2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
2 Tbsp almond butter
juice of 1 lime
10 drops of alcohol free, pure liquid stevia (or 1 tsp honey)
2+ Tbsp water
Good Chef’s Knife
Large mixing bowl
Pyrex measuring cup
bowl of ice water
The prep couldn’t be easier. Carefully prepare your veggies: either with a mandoline slicer (use the hand guard!!) or with a sharp chef’s knife. (I just used a knife.)
After you slice the red onion, place the slices in a small bowl and cover with ice water for five minutes. This will take away that sharp onion-y bite.
In a big bowl, combine the veggies and cilantro.
Next, make the dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or pyrex measuring cup. Add enough water to ake it “drizzly” – approx. 2-3 Tbsp’s.
Finally, toss your veggies with the dressing. Garnish with chopped cashews and extra cilantro. Serve chilled.
Oh. My. Gosh. How good was this salad?!?! The first thing that hits you is how beautiful it is. There’s so much color going on on the plate! There’s purple, red, orange, green — it’s so whimsical!!!
Then the flavor – holy cow. Hold onto your hats, folks. This dressing is good enough to bathe in! Haha Seriously! It’s tangy, sweet, gingery, nutty. So incredibly delicious!
And the crunchiness of the veggies is just phenomenal. Each veggie brings a specific flavor to the dish. The carrots and red peppers are sweet, the cabbage is a bit more savory and stringy like spaghetti. And then the avocado. OH the AVOCADO! It is rich and creamy and adds this luxuriousness to the salad.
Finally, the cilantro provides the perfect fresh *pop* to punctuate the dish. 🙂 Loved it. Loooooooved ittttt!
This dish was literally magazine worthy. How cool is that?!
Give it a try, and let me know how it goes!
What’s your favorite dish to bring to a cookout?
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50 responses to “Purple People Pleaser Salad!”
This salad looks so delicious Caralyn! I’ll be right over haha! Mmm. 🙏🏻☺️❤️
Hey thanks John! I’ll set a place for ya! Haha Hugs and love xox
I totally will make this over the weekend! I eat salads daily and this one looks like a win! I love the color and think it would become a favorite! Congratulations on being published in the magazine with it!
Awesome!! Yes this one rocks for sure! I hope you love it! And pro tip: make extra dressing! It’s awesome to keep around in the fridge for a veggie dip! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Good to know! I love that it’s gluten free too!! This is going to become a favorite, I’m sure!!
Yes!! I hope so! 🙂
Caralyn, your salad looks so tasty. I am going to try it. Love and hugs.
Thank you! I hope you do! Even just the dressing itself – it is lip smacking good! Haha Hugs and love xox
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Thank you for the link up! Hugs and love xox
Love your salad, dear Caralyn, and reblogged it on my site.
Thanks so much for passing it along! I really appreciate it 🙂 Hugs and love xox
My pleasure, darling! Happy Valentine’s!
That salad looks so good!! I read that purple food is good for your brain, helps prevent Alzheimer’s🤗
Thank you so much! Really?! How interesting! Then pass the cabbage please! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Vibrant, crunchy goodness!
And not for nothing, but cashews in salads are always a winner.
Hey hey! Oh my gosh it was the MOST crunchy and vibrant! and I agree! I love love LOVE cashews. They’re my favorite 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Great stuff, as per.
Thanks again 🙂
Will definitely try this out!!! What an honor to have it published. Congratulations 🎉
Thanks Lisa! I hope you love it! The dressing itself was just terrific! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much!! It most certainly was!
As they say, you eat with your eyes first and YOWZERS that must be duh-LISH-us…xoxox
hahah aw thank you Nancy! Yes! That’s something I definitely live by too – eyes first! 🙂 big hugs xox
Are you using the oil from the almond butter to emulsify? Or does it bind with the honey. Looks delicious
Thank you so much! I’m not sure about emulsification, but I know that with those ingredients, it becomes the right consistency. hugs x
Amazing! I wish I had your culinary creativity!
Aw thank you so much! I just love experimenting in the kitchen 🙂 Hugs and love xox
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Thank you for the link up! Hugs and love xox
Looks awesome a great reminder to start to eat healthy again. Go through cycles, still not recovered from the christmas one yet. Thanks. Awesome photos.
Thanks so much! Oh yes – the Christmas cycle is hard to shake, I definitely feel ya there! Hugs and love xox
That salad looks delicious! Most importantly it’s a recipe I can actually make, lol! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy Valentine’s Day 🌹
Thank you Lane! Oh it was most delightful! Happy Valentine’s Day!! Hugs and love xox
You’re welcome! 🌹🌹🌹
For being old enough to know the song, and as a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater myself, your salad “sure looks strange to me.” But it also looks delicious.
Hahahaha thank you! So glad you got the reference! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
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Yummy salad! The purple is perfect!
Thanks so much! I love lots of colors! Hehe Hugs and love xox
Healthy and low calorie!
This looks so delicious !
Thank you!!! 🙂