Another dressing-less salad! Before I get into the recipe, I want to give you some background information. This recipe is from the book “The Vegetarian Guide to Diet and Salad” by Dr. Norman Walker. He has been researching man’s ability to live a longer, healthier life since 1910 for over 70 years. He is globally recognized as one of the most authoritative students of life, health, and nutrition. In his book, “The Vegetarian Guide to Diet and Salad” he includes over 70 healthy recipes. Though they are not all vegan, there are some really good recipes in there, and it includes an informative mini-encyclopedia on the most common fruits and vegetables. Definitely a recommendation.
This salad is his “number 1″ salad. Now, that doesn’t mean this is his self-proclaimed best salad in the world. Instead of giving his salads creative names, it seems that Dr. Walker was a very linear-thinking man as his recipes are numbered “No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, etc…” and contain no titles. His writing, however, is quite often sarcastically funny. I was a little doubtful of making this salad because there was neither a dressing to go with it nor a picture to convince me I should make it. After eating this good-for-the-heart salad, however, I must truthfully say that I am hooked!
This salad contains a variety of fruits and vegetables, giving you a lot of nutritional benefits. It will be too much to list the benefits of all the ingredients, so I have chosen to focus on carrots, celery, and tomatoes in this post.
Carrots are SO good for you! It is rich in a variety of blood-cleansing antioxidants, which makes it excellent for lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. The heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood per day, so I would suggest adding some carrots to your daily diet. Carrot is also full of fiber, which cleans out the intestines, particularly the colon. As you can read in Dr. Norman Walker’s “Colon Health: A Key to A Vibrant Life“, it is of vital importance to have a clean colon.
Celery is full of antioxidants and does an outstanding job in providing anti-inflammatory support. This causes the vegetable to be great at preventing cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, good for bone health, and lower cholesterol. They, like most vegetables, contain antioxidants that are great for the cardiovascular system and disease prevention.
You want to make sure you cut up everything into very small pieces. If you don’t, you might end up feeling like a rabbit because of all the chewing you’ll be doing.
To save time and energy for grating the apples, you can just cut them up into pieces and put them into a food processor until they are chopped up very finely.
I tried to give this recipe a fun title, but nothing I came up with did it justice. I present to you… Dr. Norman Walker’s #1 Salad!
- 2 tablespoons carrots, finely grated
- 2 tablespoons lettuce, finely chopped
- ½ medium sized tomato, divided into small segments
- 2 tablespoons celery, finely chopped
- ⅔ medium sized persimmon, peeled and divided into segments
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 2 tablespoons red cabbage, finely chopped
- ½ large banana, diced
- 2 large or 3 small dates, cut into small segments
- 5 small radishes
- 1 large apple
- ½ medium sized avocado
- For garnish: 1 date, chopped walnuts, cherry, watercress
- Arrange each in layer beginning with carrots, one on top of the other up to and including the banana.
- Place radishes around the side of dish, grated apple in the center, avocado slices around side, one date quartered placed cross-like in the center, nuts sprinkled on top and cherry in center.
- Garnish around edge with watercress.
The arrangement of this salad is beautiful, but it tastes even better when you mix it all up and eat it that way!