Raw Inspiration: Casey’s Simply Delicious Salad with Ginger

by Gena on July 10, 2009


Greetings all!

Dearly though I love making—and posting—recipes for you all, it can be a true pleasure (and a welcome break) to take inspiration from a fellow blogger. Tonight, I’m posting a simple, yet incredible raw tip I got from fellow raw lifestyle coach, Casey!

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you love salad as much as I do. I’m not ashamed to say that I could eat salad night and day for the rest of my life without tiring of it. This said, I’m always looking for ways to lend variety to my salads. One of my recent and more fortuitous discoveries is the addition of fresh herbs to my salad: it’s extraordinary, but this had never occurred to me until recently! Chopping some fresh basil, cilantro, thyme, chives, oregano (or a combination of them) and adding them to a leafy green salad will elevate and brighten the flavor tremendously.

Here’s another genius idea: add fresh ginger to your salad. When I first saw this recipe on Casey’s blog, I was dubious: I’m used to putting ginger in juice and in soups, but it had never occurred to me to add it directly to a salad. Then again, ginger may very well be my favorite herb, so I figured, “why not?” And indeed, the recipe did not disappoint. I shouldn’t have been surprised, since Casey and I have similar food personalities: simple palates, a penchant for fresh flavors, and a mutual passion for avocado. You can find the link for the recipe here. And here is my modified version—sans onion!

Casey’s Simply Delicious Salad (Serves 2)

100g spinach leaves
2 handfuls of very fresh basil leaves
1/2 inch ginger, peeled and diced very finely (or minced but only use fresh ginger)
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large avocado or 2 small
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Optional: stevia drops

This was a perfect lunchtime treat: fresh, satisfying, and summery. I recommend it!


Thanks, Case!

Before I sign off, friends, a few noteworthy announcements:

Zestycook is posing the fun question: what’s a food that you hated as a child, but now love? Check out the fun responses, and add one yourself!

Gina is giving away a copy of Sarma Melngailis’s new cookbook!

Val is hosting her first giveaway.

Raw banana soft serve has been sweeping the blogosphere! If you haven’t enjoyed it yet, get busy.

Happy Friday, all.


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl July 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Oooh, I LOVE the addition of ginger in that salad recipe – great flavor kick!!

Happy Friday to you too!! Get some much-needed rest ;-)


Shelby July 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm

What a fabulous addition! I will be sure to pick some up next time I’m at the store. I usually don’t go for the ginger.


MarathonVal July 10, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Hi lovely! Thank you for the shout-out, and also for the turnip greens recipe! :)


Maria July 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm

That sounds like a fantastic salad, definitely kicks it up a notch ;)

Yay for banana soft serve ice cream!

Happy Friday to you too, Gena!


Casey July 10, 2009 at 8:50 pm

HI lovely Gena,

So glad you enjoy the ginger addition. It’s yum isn’t it!

Thanks for featuring the recipe…I LOVE seeing others enjoying my favorite flavors :)

Case xx


Briana (aka Trilby Drew) July 10, 2009 at 9:12 pm

This salad looks absolutely mouth watering! Just looking at it get’s me thinking about tasty greens and new recipes. Maybe I can work myself out of my current food funk/rut that I’ve fallen into recently.

On that note, I’m off to the recipe section…

Happy Friday, Gena! Have a good weekend! I’m off to a three hour yin-vinyasa workshop tomorrow… Cross your fingers that I make it out alive!


Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) July 11, 2009 at 1:28 am

Gorgeous and inspiring as always, Gena! Now tell me that its okay to keep just eating this Raw Whipped Cream out of the fridge with a spoon…


Kimberly@Living Free July 11, 2009 at 3:47 am

That salad looks yummy. I have never used ginger before, but will have to give it a try.

I am happy to say that I have bananas freezing for some soft serve as I type this:) Can’t wait!


leslie July 11, 2009 at 5:40 am

i love fresh herbs in salads, but i never thought to add ginger! thanks for the idea!

have a wonderful weekend, gena. :)


coco July 11, 2009 at 5:54 am

I love salads in summer time! I bet adding fresh herbs make it more yummy~~ :)


Katrina (gluten free gidget) July 11, 2009 at 6:11 am

I am in love with fresh herbs and fresh ginger root. My mother never cooked with them growing up. I was so deprived! :-)


Kaley July 11, 2009 at 9:05 am

I have always loved adding cilantro to my salads!! Mmmm so delicious.


Erin July 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

This look gorgeous. I’m excited to try the ginger. Mmm…spicy!
I can’t believe the difference on small avocado makes in a huge salad. It’s like buttah.


Metta July 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

I make a ginger & cilantor salad dressing – so good and refreshing. I think ginger is perfect with almost anything.


The Actors Diet July 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm

mmmm! i love ginger!


earthmother July 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

I’ve recently started adding fresh herbs to my salads too! Okay, you may have Pure, Candle 79, Bonobos, Quintessence, and Caravan of Dreams, but I’ve got a garden. And let me tell you, there is nothing more thrilling than walking out your back door and picking lunch from the Earth. Yesiree, fresh basil, dill, mint, chives, and parsley. Woot!

Never done the ginger thing though. Tomorrow!


Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) July 12, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Can’t wait to try the banana soft serve…possibly tomorrow?!?!


elise July 13, 2009 at 10:47 am

that IS a great idea! my fave seaweed salad (gary nulls) has ginger in it, and i have no doubt id love it in regular salads too!


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