This recipe is inspired by The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Leafing through the pages I stopped at her pressed salad recipe and was intrigued. You can use any vegetables you choose. Julienne them and then massage them with high quality sea salt. I made one with just kale the other day and it was a big hit. Here is the version I whipped up today. I gave the baby a bite (he’s 11 months) to see if he likes it and he is eating almost all of it as I write this. I wish you could hear his lips smacking as he gobbles it all up. Apparently this is a great baby food recipe as well!
Ingredients (a mountain of veggies makes a mole hill of pressed salad so feel free to double these portions):
1 bunch watercress julienned
3 carrots shredded
2 heads of endive julienned
1/2 tsp sea salt (for every 2-6 cups of vegetables)
Dash of sesame oil
Healthy squeeze of lemon
Place the veggies in a large bowl and throw in the salt:
Massage for a few minutes until the bowl begins to fill with the water that naturally extracts from the carrots, endive and watercress.
Make a little mound at the bottom of the bowl out of your ingredients and then press them all down with a plate small enough to fit inside the bowl:
Place something heavy over the plate like a large mason jar filled with water:
Leave out on the counter for 2-3 hours.
Now give the salad a tight squeeze to remove excess water and salt.
Taste the salad as is and enjoy the natural taste of all these delicious veggies.
If you want to spice it up a little, toss with the oil and lemon.
Here’s one more of Leo shoveling it in just cuz he’s so dang cute:
Let us know what combinations you come up with below!