I LOVE crunchy foods. What can I say? It’s one of my favorite food textures. I talk about my intense past pretzel additions and how to deal with all different kinds of food cravings in my book, The Beauty Detox Power. Yes- all different kinds- because we all have our own versions and combos (sometimes bizarre ones :) ) of food cravings!
Even if you have more of a sweet or spicy addiction, we all need some crunchy texture in our life to help balance things out. Which is why I created this crunchy new salad dish!
My Ginger Miso Golden Beet & Fennel Salad Recipe is so easy, tasty, and crunchy that you’ll want to make this salad next to other entrees and dishes. It’s packed with the powerhouse veggies, like beet and fennel, plus the delicious gingery miso dressing, so you’ll be licking the bowl to get every last bit! ;)
Great Ingredient: Miso
I know, I know…it can be real confusing at times to know what we can eat, and not eat. Let me make this simple for you. Fermented organic soy products (like miso, tempeh and natto), are great additions to rotate into your diet. They are high in protein and minerals. And the the long process of fermentation deactivates the trypsin inhibitors in soy in a way that cooking cannot—which makes these products more digestible. This process is similar to how fermentation converts grain to alcohol.
In the Beauty Detox Solution, I talk about how you definitely want to avoid super processed forms of non-organic soy, which are not only hard to digest, but are most likely GMO. If you’re unsure of a product, just check the ingredients list and steer clear of the beauty no-no’s. I will say that starting when I was pregnant, I started having organic tofu scrambles with basil because I really liked the texture (kind of like thick noodles), and I still have them occasionally. So I think organic tofu, even though it is not a form of fermented soy, can be worked into your diet from time to time, assuming you can source organic!!
Beauty Cleanser: The Golden Beet
You’ve heard me talk about beets and why I love them, and that goes for the variety of colors that nature has given to us. Today, try to locate you some beauty-ful golden beets for this recipe!
Why? (It’s not just that I prefer gold jewelry over silver, which I happen to! :) ).
Golden beets tend to be a bit sweeter, less earthy and more mellow in intensity than red beet. Its beautiful yellow color will brighten up any food dish and looks goregous in this salad. We all want to strive to eat the rainbow of colors in our food for our best health and beauty!
Let’s not forget how these yellow beets are heart healthy, are an excellent way to cleanse the kidney and body, are high in powerful antioxidants, lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, treats anemia and fatigue, just to name a few. They decrease the risk of heart disease and are also good for eyes and skin.
Aromatic Anise: aka Fennel
Fennel is another amazing veggie that has the crunch, the flavor, and an aromatic smell like no other. Fennel has a white or pale green bulb, and stalks that are topped with feathery green leaves (this is where flowers grow and produce fennel seeds). What’s pretty cool is that you can eat the bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds! Fennel is closely related to coriander, parsley, and dill—which are part of the Umbellifereae family.
Why add this veggie to your salads? There is a long list of benefits but to name just a few, they help with constipation, help to strengthen your immune system, and can help us ladies with menstrual disorders.
Helps Alleviate Constipation
Of course I love fennel for it’s flavor and crunch, but another reason is that the roughage helps to clear the bowels—having a stimulating effect that helps maintain the proper peristaltic motion of the intestines. A great bathroom schedule keeps toxins out of your system and is essential to be our best.
People have found that fennel seeds (particularly in powdered form), can act as a laxative. If you take a close look, fennel is commonly found in medicines that treat abdominal pain, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Strengthens Our Immune System
Fennel is a great source of vitamins. 1 cup of fennel bulb contains almost 20% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C. As you know, vitamin-C improves our general immune system health, produces and repairs skin tissue (helping to form collagen), and protects the blood vessel walls as an antioxidant against harmful effects of free radicals!
Helps To Sooth Menstrual Disorders
Fennel has been used for millennia in Ayurvedic medicine- including for menstrual pain. Fennel eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body (called an Emenagogue). You will also notice how fennel is used in a number of products to reduce the effects of PMS. Traditionally, it’s been used as a soothing pain reliever and relaxing agent for menopausal women. Hooray for fennel! ;)
Now let’s take a look at how we can bring this all together for an incredibly easy and delicious salad!
See this tasty and crunchy recipe below…
- For the salad:
- 3-4 medium golden beets, thinly sliced
- ½ cup thinly sliced fennel
- ¼ cup minced fresh parsley
- 2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
- Ginger Miso Dressing:
- 1 ½ Tbs sesame oil
- 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbs. raw miso paste
- ½ tsp minced fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. coconut nectar or ½ tsp. stevia, or to taste
- Thinly slice the beets and fennel on a mandoline preferably- to get super thin.
- Whisk sesame oil, lime juice, miso paste, ginger and coconut nectar (or stevia) together.
- Pour over the beets and fennel and top with parsley and cilantro.