Health Food Store Salad (paleo, vegan, gluten-free)

vegan gluten-free paleo health food salad

Next time you go into a health food store, stop just inside the door and inhale as deeply as you can. It’s weird, and people are going to look at you funny, but it’s worth it. The scents of all the teas and the herbs and the essential oils combine to make one of the most zen smells in the entire world.

I can’t walk in a health food store and then feel stressed. It’s not possible. My local one is not only full of amazing smells, but it’s packed with local greens and herbs, raw dairy, house-made sauerkraut in four varieties and all of the gluten-free products you could ever want. I am currently in the middle of a very substantial craving for the owner’s famous “flackers.”

Anyway, this salad reminds me of that place for two reasons.

One, I am almost absolutely sure that they sell something like this in their refrigerated section,  though I usually don’t get there until later in the day, when everything is gone except the seaweed-infused sauerkraut and a one container of quinoa.

health food store

Two, when I eat it, this salad makes me feel the same way I do when I stand in the doorway of that place and sniff — happy and healthy and peaceful. The recipe is adapted from this one at Oh She Glows. I cut down on the broccoli and cauliflower and amped up the dried fruit a little bit. This would also be amazing with orange juice instead of lemon juice, with a few orange segments cut up and mixed in. Just make sure the broccoli, carrots and cauliflower are dry if you do that — squeeze them all in a dish towel first.

Health Food Store Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 crown broccoli
  • 1/2 head cauliflower
  • 1.5 cups shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup dried currants
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup parsley, chopped
  • drizzle maple syrup (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pulse broccoli in food processor with an S-blade until finely chopped; place in large bowl. Repeat process with cauliflower. Shred carrot with shredder blade of processor and place shreds in a large bowl. Toss with seeds, raisins, currants, lemon juice and parsley until combined. Serve; drizzle servings with a little bit of maple syrup, if desired.
Adapted from Oh She Glows
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