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Raw Food Salad Recipes

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Try your hand out on a few of these raw food salad recipes and spruce up your normal raw food diet. These salads are varied with so many colors, textures, tastes and ingredients. If you haven't yet fallen in love with eating raw salads, you will after trying a few of these raw salad recipes.

1. Raw food Asian snow pea salad

An agave and sesame dressing tops off this crunchy Asian-inspired salad medley made with snow peas,  bell peppers, scallions and fresh cilantro. The flavor combination, particularly the fresh cilantro, is absolutely intoxicating. This is an incredibly delicious and easy raw food diet recipe that even raw food beginners will enjoy, so if you're new to the raw food diet, this salad is a great place to start.

2. Thai papaya salad

If you've got an Asian grocer and can find green papayas, I hope you'll love this recipe as much as I do. All of the tastes are respresented in this salad - there's a bit of Nama Shoyu for a salty taste, some honey to make it sweet, fiery Thai chilis make it as spicy as you can handle, and a gnerous amount of lime makes it sour as well. Thai papaya salad has it all, and, it's raw too. Use a mortar and pestle to smash it all up together the way they do in Thailand - it really is best that way.

3. Raw Waldorf salad

Dressed with a tahini-based raw Goddess salad dressing, this Waldorf salad takes after the real thing and has traditional Waldorf salad ingredients such as carrots, nuts, cabbage and apples. Instead of the usual Waldorf raisins, dates make a nice substitute in this raw salad recipe. Make and dress this salad ahead of time in order to soften up the cabbage and carrots. This one will likely quickly become one of your favorite raw salads.

4. Gourmet grapefruit and fennel salad

A beautiful  raw salad recipe made with grapefruit, avocadoes and thinly sliced fennel, drizzled with the most heavenly of dressings, made with macadamia nut oil and lime juice. Add a touch of sea salt and fresh bleck pepper to bring out the flavors, and you've got yourself a gourmet salad that is just perfect.

5. Raw pad Thai salad

With bean sprouts, thinly sliced zucchini and bell peppers instead of noodles, this raw salad is inspired by all the flavors of a greasy pad Thai noodle dish. A handful of peanuts, a squeeze of lime, some fresh cilantro and a dash of sea salt round it out. It tastes as good as it looks, trust me, and several readers have rated it five out of five stars. I have to say, I agree!

6. Chopped veggie salad with raw ranch dressing

Chop up any vegetables and greens that you like or happen to have on hand to toss into this raw salad, as it's really the amazing raw ranch dressing (made from macadamia nuts) that truly makes the dish. The recipe calls for bell pepper, zuchinni and jicama, which will give it plenty of crunch, but try the dressing on a bed of baby spinach or any of your favorite raw food salads.

7. Curried cabbage and coconut slaw

Three Indian spices, raw flaked (or fresh grated) coconut and a touch of Nama Shoyu turn a simple cabbage cole slaw salad into an exotic treat. To turn this raw salad into a main dish, you might try adding a handful of raw soaked nuts, perhaps cashews or peanuts. Make this salad in advance to give the flavors plenty of time to fully develop. It'll be worth the wait, I promise!

8. More about raw foods and raw food recipes

Want to learn more about raw foods or try more raw food recipes? This is the plpace to go! Here, you'll find hundreds of raw food recipes for salads, soups, entrees, and of course, plenty of raw food desserts to try. There's plenty of info to get you started on a raw food diet including nutritional information, kitchen tips and tricks and more. Pictured: Raw chocolate truffles

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