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Asian Pear Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing

If you haven’t discovered the pattern yet, let us say it outright: Dherbs loves Asian cuisine. Compared to American food, which we find fatty and heavy, oriental food tastes far fresher and much more complex. I mean, even when Americans go to work on salads, we end up in Cobb salad territory, which is essentially a bacon salad drowned in blue cheese dressing. Not healthy.

This Asian Pear Mouth Fiesta from Jessica Gavin. Is far different. The original recipe calls for ½ cup of cooked, shelled edamame, but we’ve replaced it here with mung beans as edamame is on our list of banned ingredients.

Jessica Gavin Healthy Asian Pear Salad Recipe

Ingredients

Salad Ingredients

  • 1 large orange, cut into segments (8-10)
  • 1 ¼ cup minced red bell pepper
  • 1 c shredded carrot
  • 2 c Asian pear cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 c mung beans
  • 1 c thinly shredded red cabbage
  • 1 c cucumber, cut in half, thinly sliced

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. minced shallots
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ¼ orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp. finely grated ginger
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup raw grapeseed oil, or other neutral oil
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl, except for the oil.
  3. Gradually whisk in the oil, until a slightly thickened dressing is achieved.
  4. Add the desired amount of dressing to the salad and gently combine.
  5. Add more salt and pepper as needed.
  6. Enjoy immediately once dressing is added.
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