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May272010

VEGGIE LE CRUNCH


There is nothing French about this recipe at all. But if you say anything with a French accent when you are not French, it makes you smile. Try it, veggie le crunch. It's funny.

There has been all sorts of on-the-go-ness going on lately. It's always something. Keeping busy is really a skill I could put on my resume, I am excellent at it. Needless to say, I am tired of protein bars, trail mix and pears. They are foods intended to be had in small doses, and my bod has been starving for vegetables. I do believe our bodies tell us what they need, and contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as craving lettuce. I needed these wraps badly, and the 'large batch' I intended to snack on through the week, was gone by the end of the day. You can call it lack of self control, but I think it was more of a survival reflex.

VEGGIE LE CRUNCH // Serves 2
I suggest using farmers market and or organic vegetables here. When you are eating them raw like this, the genuine flavor of the vegetables is important.

6-7 Radishes, depending on size
1 1/4 Cup Black Beans, cooked and drained
1 Cucumber
1 Cup Diced Pineapple
Handful of Fresh Basil
1 Head of Lettuce (any soft green will do)

// Avocado Dressing //
You could make this vegan by using 2 tbsp. olive oil and an extra tbsp. of vinegar in place of the buttermilk.

1 Avocado
1/4 Cup Buttermilk
1 Tbsp. Honey (more to taste)
1 Tbsp. Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of One Lime
Splash of Cholua/Tapatio Hot Sauce
Salt/Pepper

1. In a small blender or in a bowl, mix the avocado, buttermilk, vinegar, lime, honey, hot sauce and salt and pepper to combine. The blender will make it smooth, but a bowl and whisk will still get you a dressing consistency.
2. Use a mandoline to slice the radishes thin. Cut in fourths. Peel and halve the cucumber, scoop out the seeds and dice into small pieces. In a large bowl, combine the radish, cucumber, black beans, diced pineapple and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add desired amount of fresh basil (chopped or slivered).
3. Here is where you make a decision for yourself. Hugh prefers to put the veggie mix in the lettuce leaf and dribble dressing on top. I prefer to mix my dressing with the veggies and put them in the leaf, already dressed. Six of one, half dozen of another. Except my way is probably better ;)

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Reader Comments (60)

Thanks a lot to share this recipe!. We've cooked last night and it was delicious and so fresh. We are already fans of your 'sproutedkitcken'. Congratulations from Spain!!!

June 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Sánchez

[...] I thought I would test out some homemade salad dressing recipes this year.  I started with this recipe from a Sprouted Kitchen post.  It’s super easy to make.  You just throw everything in the [...]

Aren't these adorable??? We should maybe make them...

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobin

I was so excited to try these but I couldn't get the tie to work! I guess I'm not as talented as you are.. I really loved the taste and the crunchiness though! YUM!
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July 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia

[...] Here is a link to a favorite picnic salad.I like it bc you can make ahead and it doesn’t get soggy. Keep the veg mix in a tupperware, and the lettuce leaves on the side in a bag with a moist paper towel so they stay crisp! http://sproutedkitchen.com/?p=1487 [...]

Oh..wow..I love that avocado dressing! I am sure it will be my summer favorite! Thank you so much for sharing that recipe!

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiza

As a true meat lover, I was cautiously optimistic about these but they are seriously good, I could literally eat them every day!

June 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervictoria

Can't we get the calorie count on these recipes? It would be great to know those for those who have to cook for someone watching their calorie count.

Thanks

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlove2eat

@love2eat - there are a number of online resources where you can punch in recipes and get calorie counts if you wish. It will unlikely ever happen here, as I don't want that to be the focus, and don't have the extra time to make that a priority. Google can help you find a source!

September 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterSara

I made this tonight for my wife and 2 daughters and everyone just loved it. The dressing was fantastic and we enjoyed it with some corn on the cob. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

December 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTodd

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