Cucumber Cabbage Slaw (No Mayo, Sugar-Free, Vegan)

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Coleslaw comes in many forms, but perhaps the most ubiquitous is the cabbage/carrot/mayonnaise concoction so commonly sold in grocery stores. It seems to be an omnipresent staple among spring picnics and summer barbecues, lurking in round plastic containers between the chips and potato salad, with thick white sauce camouflaging the few vegetables inside . While some folks love that white, mayo-laden side dish, I personally cannot stand it. In my mind, too much mayo = a whole lotta yuck. So when I got a beautiful head of cabbage in my CSA box, I put myself to the challenge of creating a no-mayo, sugar-free slaw that was still packed with flavor.

Cucumber Cabbage Slaw (No Mayo, Sugar-Free, Vegan)  // Naturally Lindsey

I used creamy avocado and nutritious cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil to create the thick, fatty flavors of the mayonnaise. Toasted sesame oil adds great depth to the sauce while lemon gives it just the right amount of pop. Add in some salt and pepper, and it’s light, crisp, tangy slaw perfection. I like my sauce thinner so I only used half an avocado, but if you like yours a bit thicker just use the whole thing instead.

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Harvest Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad with Roasted Turkey

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the brisk mornings and the early sunsets that lead into crisp, cool nights – though admittedly the season here in Southern California isn’t nearly as gorgeous as it is elsewhere in the country. I’m looking forward to tights, coats, boots, and scarves, and am burning my favorite “Pumpkin Caramel Latte” and “Leaves” candles as I write this. I’ve even gotten myself a couple decorative pumpkins already! What I also love about fall is the abundance of seasonal squash at the market. Just yesterday I got organic butternut, spaghetti, acorn, and kabocha squash for just 99 cents a pound!

Harvest Butternut Squash and Spinach Salad with Roasted Turkey // Naturally Lindsey

In honor of the season’s imminent arrival (and to make use of some of my newly acquired squash bounty), I decided to make a salad celebrating the flavors of fall. Yes, I know, salad doesn’t typically scream “fall,” but one bite and you’ll be a believer. The spinach, though cold, wilts slightly when topped with the warm squash and turkey, but you could steam the spinach slightly if desired. I didn’t use any sort of dressing for this salad as I feel the tender squash provides enough moistness and flavor on its own, but tossing the spinach with lemon, ACV and olive oil would be lovely as well. This recipe serves one, but can of course be doubled, tripled, or quadrupled to make more.

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Refined sugar-free
• Soy-free
• Paleo

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