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Greens, Red Cabbage, Five Seed, Avocado Salad with Lemon Flax Dressing

Uploaded: Jun 25, 2018

I threw together the best salad tonight with just what I had around and yum - filling and sensorially satisfying on so many levels. Red cabbage is a forgotten vegetable and it’s mix with the crunch of the seeds and the cream of the avocado is perfect. Not only that, in the process I do believe the simple dressing cracks New Leaf’s famous Kale Salad dressing that I have been pondering for years. Shhh - don't tell them I figured it out.

One taste trick is be sure to toast your own seeds in small batches – put a few in a dry skillet and toast for a minute or so till lightly browned. It’s fast and fun and the taste contributes such a depth of flavor to any dish. Eat some tonight and save some in an airtight jar for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Greens, Red Cabbage, Five Seed, Avocado Salad with Lemon Flax Dressing

Serves one

Greens of choice (I used mesclun but anything seasonal works)
½ cup chopped red cabbage
1- 2 tablespoons toasted combo of sun seeds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and sesame seeds
1 tablespoon flax and hemp seeds combined
½ an avocado

Lemon Flax Dressing
¼ cup each fresh lemon juice, Braggs Liquid Aminos and flax oil

Assemble salad. Whisk dressing, drizzle on what you want, save the rest for later.

Darn - I ate it so fast, I forgot to take a picture.



Comments

 +   3 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jun 29, 2018 at 1:26 am

Sounds good, if a bit "seedy", i.e. dry. I love to hear any good plant-based recipe in these days of stories about 80% of meat sold in supermarkets carrying some kind of anti-biotic resistant bacteria. I am becoming fanatical about minimizing meat products.

> 1 tablespoon flax and hemp seeds combined

Uh, love them both, but am I to understand you eat flax seeds whole? I always grind them in my coffee grinder. I thought flax seeds would pass through the human digestive system whole and not be absorbed at all?


 +   1 person likes this
Posted by Laura Stec, a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge,
on Jul 2, 2018 at 12:47 pm

CrescentParkAnon, I always heard the same thing, until I heard from the Flax industry at the Fancy Food Show last year that that was an urban myth. I didn't google what's out there now however. What have you found recently - any new studies?


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jul 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm

I was just curious cause I'eve never heard of anyone eating raw flax seeds.

Everything I search right now is a bit old, but talks about ground flax seeds.
There is one thing that is a bit of a concern ...

--

The Shaw Academy, whatever that is suggests ...

If your goal is to raise testosterone levels (or prevent a decline), flaxseed
consumption could be causing you problems. The reason that flaxseeds
are on the hit-list for raising testosterone is because they are rich in lignans,
which tend to mimic estrogen in the body.Sep 1, 2015

But, also on the anti-testosterone list is licorice, soft-drinks, fast food
burgers, high doses of dietary fiber, soy.

--

The most recent article I could find is 09-2017, from HuffPost, probably a
rehash of another article.

--

But, according to a nutritionist, you may not get all of the seeds' nutrients
without doing one important step. Kelly Hogan, a clinical nutrition and
wellness manager at Mount Sinai's Dubin Breast Cancer center, told
HuffPost you must grind flaxseeds to get their full nutritional value.

--

Flax is one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids,
called alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA), in the world. (1) Another unique
fact about flaxseeds is that they are the No. 1 source of lignans in the
human diets; flaxseed contain about seven times as many lignans as
the closest runner-up, sesame seeds.

Flaxseeds can be eaten as whole/unground seeds but are even more
beneficial when sprouted and ground into flaxseed meal. Grinding flax
helps you absorb both types of fiber it contains, along you to take
advantage of even more of the benefits of flaxseed. (2a) Whole flaxseeds
will pass right through your body without being digested, which means
you will not receive many of the inherent benefits!

--

I like to mix ground flax seeds with fruit in a blender for breakfast, and I
can hardly taste or detect the seeds in the mixture that way. I wouldn't
so that with whole flax seeds. The previous paragraphs make me wonder
about sesame seeds which I love, but they are less tough I believe. They
say make seeds an integral part of one's diet. I just heard that flax seeds
are so strong that they can pass through the system, and will last for a
long time before going bad. I never thought I would like flax, but it is
actually good and adds a smoothing texture to some things, like oatmeal.

You also could grind up flax seeds really well and mix or blend them into
the salad dressing instead of oil. I've never tried flax oil, but I've put ground
flax into salad dressing in lieu of oil which I try to avoid in all forms in normal
eating. I rarely eat fried chicken or french fries - very rarely - not good.

You could grind your flax seeds or try come chia seeds in your salad if you
like them. Not to be gross, but I guess you could check? ;-)

The humble flax plant, flax, linseeds, linen, linoleum, linseed oil, varnish,
paint, putty, it's amazing if you look on Wikipedia all the things that have
been done with flax.



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