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Indonesian Emerald Salad

Indonesian Emerald Salad

This tempting and super-healthy recipe is the perfect vehicle for the gorgeous head of Chinese cabbage I scored at our local Farmers’ Market last weekend. A little shredded coconut and lime juice, immune-boosting garlic, and refreshing mint leaves combine with the cabbage and some carrot and onion to make a salad fit for an Indonesian paradise.


1/3 cup hazelnut oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons organic sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

1 bunch watercress, stems trimmed
1 small head Chinese cabbage, leaves trimmed and cut in to thin strips
3 medium-sized carrots, peeled and grated
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
12 fresh mint leaves, shredded finely
1/3 cup shredded coconut

1. Whiz dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. Allow to sit for an hour or two for the flavors to develop.

2. Place salad ingredients in a large salad bowl and mix well. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat evenly.

Serves 6.

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By Cait Johnson, inspired by Twelve Months of Monastery Salads, by Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-LaTourette (Harvard Common Press, 2004).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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10:14PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

I love salads,especially in the summer! Thanks for the recipe.

8:58PM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Delightful and refreshing.

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9:21PM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thanks for the recipe.

2:09PM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


2:17AM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

12:06PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

ty,i would like to try this one

3:10AM PDT on Aug 13, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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