I can’t help myself. I see poppy seeds and I hear “Poppies, poppies will put them to sleep”. Occupational hazard, I suppose. But it’s true. This crisp slaw salad and poppy seed dressing is AWESOME, and the opposite of sleep-inducing. I feel comfortable writing this because I stole the concept for this slaw just like Dorothy stole those slippers.
Salad, South Florida-style
Deep in Southwest Florida where the alligators rule and the retirees golf lives an awesome – and quite hilarious – news anchor who leads the team at Fox 4 News (my previous life). This particular anchorman is quite the health nut (he once gave me a beautiful, COMPLETELY VEGAN, birthday cake). And at least in my time at the station, he wouldn’t be caught dead without a nutrient-packed snack at his desk.
Lots of fiber + immense flavor
Many thanks to Patrick for sharing this one with me, because that means I can share it with you. In all its crispy, succulent, slightly sweet. Packed with dietary fiber and nutrients galore. At first glance it appears an odd combination – apples, cucumbers, cabbage, red onion. Truly the lemon poppy seed dressing unites them all in a bright and crunchy fashion.
Paleo, vegan, gluten and dairy-free
Another reason this salad is great is that it works within the restrictions of almost every diet around. Paleo. Keto (just a little bit!). GAPS (Gut & Psychology Syndrome). It’s naturally gluten free and dairy free. It’s vegan (unless you eat it with grilled chicken on a summer day, like we do). You literally can’t go down the wrong road, here. Brick or otherwise.
Much like our anchorman can unite a newsroom through healthful munchies, clever quips and flip flops with a suit. Although my personal favorite was the time where he mooed at me during live, on air. However, that’s another food tale for another time. But don’t worry, nothing gets stolen and no one melts.Print
Crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory. This salad brings it all, and is a snap to make!
- 1/2 small green cabbage, sliced as thin as possible
- 1 apples, small dice (cubed)
- 1 cucumber, small dice (cubed)
- ½ of a small red onion, sliced thin into ¼-inch pieces, then halved (can omit if your people don’t like)
- Lemon juice, to keep apples from browning
- Kosher salt to taste
For Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1/2 cup avocado oil
- 1–2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Kosher salt, to taste
To prepare slaw
- Chop all ingredients.
- Toss apples in lemon juice to keep them from oxidizing (browning).
- Rinse red onions with cold water to soften pungency, if using.
To make dressing
- Whisk together lemon juice, honey and a few pinches of salt in a small bowl.
- Drizzle avocado oil slowly into lemon juice mixture while whisking vigorously.
- Whisk in poppy seeds, and season to taste with salt.
- Adjust amounts of oil and lemon juice to suit your taste.
To serve salad
- In a large bowl, drizzle dressing over chopped slaw.
- Mix well with tongs.
- Serve immediately, or store in refrigerator for a few days.
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