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Now that we are diving mouth-first into a more plant-centric diet, I figured it was high time I come up with some more creative ways to incorporate veggies in our everyday meals. Over the past few years, we’ve fallen deep into the sad salad rut. I’d make something for dinner, realize we’d need some more veggies, and just throw together a salad. It never tasted particularly amazing, but I’d choke it down because I need my leafy greens.
No more, my friends.
As part of my quest to expand my fruit and veggie horizons, I also resolve to limit my intake of the so-called “guilt salads.” No more eating a bowlful of greens just because I’m supposed to. Instead, I want to explore the world of flavorful, interesting and exciting veggie sides. And this one is a very, very good start. The flavors are bright and tangy and there is absolutely no need to guilt me into eating a bowlful of this.
I know the ingredients in this slaw sound a little crazypants (raw sweet potatoes? apples? radishes?), but I promise the end result is a veggierific side dish that is bursting with Latin flavor. Sweet potatoes are actually very mildly flavored when raw and instead just absorb the flavors of the dressing while giving the slaw an awesome crunch. I think this would be awesome served in place of lettuce on a fish taco or as a side to some grilled chile-lime shrimp kebabs.
Can you tell I’m desperately missing summer grilling? Because I am.
I know the ingredients in this slaw sound a little unusual (raw sweet potatoes? apples? radishes?), but I promise the end result is a veggierific side dish that is bursting with Latin flavor.
Inspired by: Whole Living
Keywords: sides, slaw, sweet potato, apples
Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She’s a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.
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Wow, that looks so good. I love the colors! I had no idea you could eat sweet potato raw(or that it would taste good). I gotta try it. I love salads that have a decent crunch :D
Sweet potato should NOT be eaten raw.
Sweet potato shows trypsin inhibitor activity. That means it contains an enzyme inhibitor that blocks the action of trypsin, an enzyme that digests proteins. The trypsin inhibitor prevents the digestion of protein. Sweet potatoes with higher protein levels have more of the trypsin inhibitor. This makes raw sweet potato difficult to digest. The trypsin inhibitor is deactivated by cooking.
mmm, i love cilantro lime anything. i just made cilantro lime rice as a side for our asian-seasoned meatballs for tonight’s dinner. delicious!
I’m actually pretty boring with my veggie side dishes! I’ll usually impart all the flavor into my main dish and just steam some broccoli or kale, and use whatever sauce I use for the main dish to flavor the steamed veggie. My favorite? Sweet chili-lime tofu with quinoa and kale. The sauce tastes great with everything else!
I am totally intrigued!
Maybe raw sweet potato is the next big thing? :)
This was amazing! :) We have had a pile of sweet potatoes from our CSA share that we were tired of eating in the forms of fries/mashed sweet potatoes/sweet potato casserole. This was so good!
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