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Cucumber & Cauliflower Salad with Basil and Chive

Updated: Oct 27

This salad has an elevated feel but is also just damn good.


I like using English (or seedless) cucumbers for this recipe because they aren't nearly as watery as their mainstream counterparts. Because of this, its a great salad to take to picnics, potlucks, or backyard barbeques.


But let's talk BASIL!


Basil is an herbal antibiotic, antiseptic, and significantly aids in digestion. It can provide immediate relief from stomach cramps, nausea, and painful gas. It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can provide relief for inflamed bowel conditions such as colitis, IBS, Crohn's, and celiac disease.


Basil is an antibacterial/antiviral making it particularly effective against intestinal parasites, colds, flu, mono, shingles, and herpes. Basil is also a rich source of magnesium which relaxes muscles and blood vessels to support cardiovascular health.


Even adding a bit of fresh basil to your diet will not go unnoticed for your insides. Give this salad a try and see if you don't feel a bit better afterwards.

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 3 cups of English cucumbers, sliced into half moons

  • 3 cups of cauliflower, broken into bite-sized pieces

  • 4 large basil leaves, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 oz. package of fresh chives, finely chopped

  • 1 avocado, roughly chopped


Dressing:

  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

  • 1 tbsp. raw honey

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked pepper

  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil


In a large bowl, whisk the lemon juice, minced garlic, raw honey, salt, and pepper together until the honey dissolves completely. Gradually drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly until an emulsified vinaigrette forms.


Add the chopped cucumber, cauliflower florets, basil, and chives and stir to coat the veggies in the vinaigrette. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve.


When ready to serve, chop and gently fold in the avocado right before its time to eat. Enjoy!





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