Monday, November 16, 2009

raw matchstick salad

after the last couple of 'heavier' recipes, i decided to lighten up a little bit with a raw dish. one of my favourite offbeat flavor combinations is sauerkraut and avocados. i know it sounds a little questionable, but it's actually a party in your mouth. it must be something about the zing of kraut melded with the creaminess of avocado. i call this a matchstick salad because i julienned most of the veggies into small matchstick slivers. the recipe below yields one really filling salad.

  • 3/4 cup raw sauerkraut, drained
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/3 red bell pepper
  • 1/3 medium zucchini
  • 2-3 medium button mushrooms
  • handful of mung bean sprouts
  • 1/3 avocado
julienne all your veggies (except kraut, sprouts and avocado) into small matchstick size pieces. cube your avocado. layer the drained sauerkraut first, then add each vegetable in subsequent layers. or, the wiser person would just dump everything in a bowl. as you can see, this was my realization after i took the first picture and tried to eat it.

i didn't use any dressing on this because the avocado and kraut were moist enough. however, feel free to use your favourite dressing - i bet one with ginger would pair especially well.


Mihl said...

Sauerkraut and avocado? That sound weird but also good! I will try it.

Bianca said...

I bet that is delicious! I had a tempeh reuben at Green Sage in Asheville, NC and they subbed avocado for cheese. The avocado and kraut went amazingly well together!

The Voracious Vegan said...

I love sauerkraut and I REALLY love avocados.... you might just be onto something here! I think it sounds DELICIOUS and I can't wait to try this. Thank you for inspiring me to think outside the box, I'm always ready to jazz up my regular salads and this looks like the perfect way to do it. YUM!

Adam said...

Now that's a pretty interesting combo. It's like a Euro-Mexican thing going on... pretty neat :)

Then again, you've never had a problem being adventurous I imagine... kitchen wise of course :)

jessy said...

i never thought to combine two of my favorites, miss v.! i'm glad you did! i looooove avocado & i absolutely adore sauerkraut - so i'm fo 'sho gonna give your raw matchstick salad a whirl. thanks!

Anonymous said...

This is a kind of light meal that is perfect before the upcoming holidays! I love the avocado & sauekraut here!

Mike K said...

Sauerkraut and avocado aren't things I usually think of together, but I love them both, so it makes sense. Has me thinking of making an avocado reuben, actually :) Looks like a great salad.

Hannah said...

I'm all over this- This salad sounds like something I'd love to make and eat! So light but well balanced and satisfying.

gypsy.rose said...

you are freaking awesome! i am so gonna make that pot pie!