The Gena Divine

by Gena on March 28, 2010

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Hey all!

Glad you’re excited about Sun In Bloom! The commotion over my scrumptious Bella Divine salad, coupled with my own fond reminiscences, inspired me to take a stab at recreating it at home this weekend. Fortunately, it wasn’t difficult! It wasn’t perfect, either–in order to fully capture the perfection of Aimee’s dish, I’d need her secret sesame ginger dressing recipe. But it was close, and I’ve got to thank Aimee for giving me what I’m sure will become a regular favorite dinner salad in the Choosing Raw kitchen. I added carrots and some red cabbage (my fave salad toppers) to Aimee’s original dish, and I omitted the olives (I’m not an olive fan). You could make some adjustments of your own, of course: the nicest thing about salads is that they invite variation.

Here’s the recipe:

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The Gena Divine Salad (inspired by Aimee Follette’s Bella Divine salad at Sun In Boom)

Serves 1

1/2 bunch curly kale, destemmed, washed, and finely chopped
1/2 cup carrot and red cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4-1/3 cup sauerkraut
Single serving (about 7 grams) dulse
1/4 large – 1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp water
1/4 tsp powdered ginger
Bragg’s liquid aminos or nama shoyu

1) Mix the tahini, lemon, water, ginger, and a few squirts of Bragg’s (or a small drop of nama shoyu) together by hand or in a blender (I used my Tribest). You won’t need a lot of the nama shoyu — this salad gets its saltiness from the kraut and the dulse, so be wary and only use a few drops!

2) Put the kale in a large bowl and “massage” it with the dressing, till it’s soft, but still crisp.

3) Add the carrots, cabbage, and kraut.

4) Top the whole mix with thinly sliced avocado, and dig in!

Here’s the original dish:

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And my rendition:

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Not bad, eh? For those of you who are interested, Diana has also replicated the Bella Divine at home:

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This salad really is worthy of a cult following.

For those of you who are wondering, the Kraut I used is from the lovely folks at Hawthorne Valley Farm, who make exceptional lacto-fermented veggies and sell them at the Union Square Farmer’s Market twice weekly (Weds + Sat). I happen to have my own first batch of kraut fermenting at home, but since it wasn’t quite ready for eating, I used their original flavor, and loved it.

Now you all have a chance to taste a bit of Sun In Bloom at home. But if that’s not enough, I have a special treat for my New York readers: Aimee and the folks at Sun In Bloom are offering one Choosing Raw reader a chance to have enjoy one complimentary entree dish at Sun In Bloom! To enter this giveaway, I simply ask you to go check out the Sun In Bloom menu online. Leave a comment here telling me which dish you’d love to try. For an added entry, you can tweet this giveaway or mention it on your blog, and then leave me another comment saying that you did. I’ll announce the winner a week from today. Good luck, NYC readers!

On the agenda this week:

  • My favorite hummus wrap
  • A tasty quinoa salad
  • My on again, off again love affair with coffee

xo

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Maggie March 28, 2010 at 8:11 am

Holy crap… must make this. I have been so into avocados recently.

Excited to hear about your coffee love affair. I have one too. It’s been very on.

I’d definitely try the bella divine, or the macro bowl. Heading off to Souen right now actually :D

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Erica March 28, 2010 at 8:16 am

Oh man, I’d absolutely love to try Sun In Bloom out! Without a doubt, I’d have to go ahead and order the bella divine. It looks too delicious to pass up!

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Anne March 28, 2010 at 8:17 am

This is so exciting- I live pretty close to SIB and didn’t know it existed! I want to try everything, but maybe the Rockin’ Veggie salad first. Thanks!

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Shannon March 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

ooh, that salad did look incredible! since i could try this at home, i’d probably try the western burrito or rockin veggie :) aand dessert of course– glad i’m planning a trip to ny soon!

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Erica March 28, 2010 at 8:38 am
tori March 28, 2010 at 8:48 am

I would love to try SIB’s Bloom Burger!!

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Ashley March 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

Wow. That looks incredible!!! I haven’t had coffee in a week b/c I’ve been under the weather….tea is okay, but I crave that morning cup o’ joe!! :)

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Ameena March 28, 2010 at 9:20 am

This salad looks incredible. I love the idea of using kale instead of regular lettuce, it really makes it look more filling.

I wish I lived in NYC so I could try this restaurant!

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Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather March 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

Sounds delish! I’m going to make this for lunch today but without the kraut (don’t have it and am not a fan) and what can I use instead of dulse? I don’t have that either, a bit of sea salt?

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 28, 2010 at 9:39 am

That truly does look divine!! I would love, love love an entree! I’d take a trip just for that =D I want to try the “Bloom Burger” !

xo
K

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Mama Pea March 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

That sounds fan-freaking-tastic! That dressing is very similar to my basic tahini dressing, now I just need some curly kale!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, hon!

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Marcia March 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow. I will have to try that salad. LOVE kale, have been meaning to try it raw as in a “massaged” salad.

That tahini dressing sounds divine.

(I’m not a New Yorker, so don’t enter me in the giveaway!)

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Serena March 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

This salad looks amazing! I forgot to buy kale today at WF…darn! I will definitely be trying this in the future ;)

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Lauren March 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oooh! I hope I win! I want to check this place out and order the SIB’s Bloom Burger!

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Lauren March 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

Tweet: LaurenGinger

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Genevieve March 28, 2010 at 10:44 am

i bet you’d love the kale avocado dulse salad at Rockin’ Raw off the bedford stop in Williamsburg. in fact, you’d love the whole menu! you’ve got to go, gena!

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Genevieve March 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

(!! and while i’m at it…) as soon as you made this post i emailed my sister, who lives near by SIB, saying “we need to go out to dinner soon, it’s really important.”

I’d like to try the bloom burger!
Because – if you do make it to rockin’ raw – the rockin’ raw burger is my favorite thing on the menu and I’d like to have a raw-burger-off.

and i’m tweeting it! twitter: movieve

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melissa March 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

yummy! chez gena is at it again :)

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Hilary @ Purelicious March 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

omg, that looks amazing!!
note to self: put avocados on grocery list!
I also have yet to try to dulse, but this salad looks like one more good reason to go and seek some out!
Thanks for sharing Gena!

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Hilary @ Purelicious March 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

oh wow I got so distracted by the yumminess I totally forgot to leave my entry! I would love to try the “Morning Energizer Burrito”! I love me a good burrito :)
I’ll also tweet ya: hilarycaroline :)

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Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) March 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

I’d love the Bloom Burger or Western Burrito! Those sound delish!

My love affair with coffee is OFF right now. After, obviously, being very ON 2 weeks ago.

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Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) March 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

Tweeted! healthypurpose

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Lena March 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

i would love the rockin veggie!!

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Keri - IEatTrees March 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

That looks AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

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Patrick March 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Rockin Veggie sounds Ba———-nanas.

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Patrick March 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

just tweeted

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falalaraw March 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Looks like my lunch and dinner for the next few days!

Just wondering Gena, why don’t you use a lot of avocado? All the reading i have done on raw foods and avocado (which is A LOT) is you can use a whole avocado if you want once at lunch once at dinner or what ever (when properly combined). So i was just wondering why you choose that amount? Is it for the face you aren’t a huge avocado fan, the fat amount, the calories or what?

Thanks :)

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Gena March 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Hahaha, Oh, La. Apparently you need to read through my blog archives :-D I eat a TON of avocado, and I’m decidedly neither a fat nor a calorie-phobe! I often enjoy them whole! But this salad gets a lot of richness and complexity from other sources (tahini, kraut, dulse) and I didn’t want to smother the flavors in a ton of avocado this time.

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falalaraw March 28, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thank you for your response, it was helpful in the confirmation that it isn’t about the fat or calories. Makes total sense about all the flavors.

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Ian March 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I have similar coffee love/hate (mostly love), and I think carrots make all things (especially salads) better. Not going to lie; I downloaded the menu the day that you posted it and basically drooled all over my computer. No doubt I would order the Macro Bowl, since I love everything in it with a nice bowl of miso on the side if it were cold outside. YAY!

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eatdrinkandbemerrynyc March 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

DEFINITELY The western burrito! I’m going to try to get there next weekend. my mouth is watering…
S

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Katherine March 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I love avocado! what is the inside supposed to look like (more dark green or less?) I have such a hard time picking which ones are ripe/best to eat!
Thanks,
Katherine
whataboutsummer.wordpress.com

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Gena March 29, 2010 at 4:57 am

The inside should be very light green and creamy soft.

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jenny March 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm

indeed looks divine! i tried dulse for the first time today actually on ezekiel toast with coconut butter… it was sooo good as i am more of a savory person than a sweet-tooth person. just a quick question – i know that combining avocado + tahini is technically a miscombination. i was wondering about how much of a miscombination you are usually able to tolerate? i’ve been practising food combining for a bit now and i’m so afraid to miscombine, even if it’s just a little bit. also, do you ever combine a non-avocado starch with nuts?

thanks gena!

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Gena March 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

Yes, it’s technically miscombined. I can tolerate quite a fair bit of miscombining, though when it’s in my power to combine well, I will! This recipe was an exception — I find that I can handle small bits of nuts and avocados together.

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Glidingcalm March 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Avocados are on sale now! I love ittttt.

Beautiful dish. I cant wait for warmer weather- it always makes me crave raw foods!

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katie March 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

i think their granola delight looks quite amazing – and thanks for introducing me to this place – will definitely try to hit it up in the near future!

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Christine (The Raw Project) March 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

This looks wonderful, I will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing this.

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nelly March 28, 2010 at 7:20 pm

thanks for this recipe gena…i can’t WAIT to make it this week…yummers!!!

will you be sharing your kraut recipe with us? i am really wanting to make it, and i have a few recipes, but it’s really intimidating…it’s nice to see how all the experts go about making kraut!!!!

;)

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Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl March 28, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Looks delish, Gena! I love kale and avocado!! :-D

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Julie March 28, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I really enjoyed your review, and I’ve been enjoying your blog tremendously. I’m so excited, for I’m moving to Brooklyn in a week and Sun in Bloom will be within walking distance of my apartment!

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Earth Mother – In The Raw March 28, 2010 at 9:17 pm

♫ It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all… ♫

Okay, IF you have the opportunity (or can steal a car and take a nice drive up the Taconic), go visit Hawthorne Valley Farm. I used to live not far from there. Biodynamic farm à la Rudolf Steiner method. AND, the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is right across the street. Such a cool place. You’d love exploring, Gena!

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falalaraw March 29, 2010 at 12:03 am

one last question
i AM A HUGE FAN OF TAHINI DRESSINGS
but because they are made from seeds is it still okay to combine them with avocados?

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Mikkan March 29, 2010 at 1:00 am

I totally hear you regarding the coffee. I just try not to beat myself up about it and cling to the research saying that a small amount a day is supposed to be good for you aswell. ;)

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 29, 2010 at 1:01 am

futomaki or granola delight…what a great post/contest!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 29, 2010 at 1:02 am

tweet

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sophia March 29, 2010 at 1:17 am

No fair! NYC readers are so lucky. I will be visiting this summer though. Does that work? :-)

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Katherine March 29, 2010 at 4:31 am

I would totally try the Bloom Burger, but I’d like it with a side of you and Diana as my dining companions :) I think we need to make this happen ASAP!

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AnnaO March 29, 2010 at 4:41 am

Oh it looks sooo good! I so miss kale salad. I love kale salad. I probably had one a day all december. The shops here in Sweden don´t have it anymore. As far as they are concerned kale is only for christmas. I´ll have to settle for romaine!

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leslie March 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

this is exiting. i think i’d go with the rockin’ veggie salad, since i now have the recipe to make the bella divine for myself!

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jennifer March 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

gena you have been such an inspiration to me in this new “raw journey” of mine. because of you i am having a love affair with both kale and avocado… i have shared your website with a few of my likeminded friends and they are loving your recipes!!! i really can’t say enough about how much you have inspired me to really give this lifestyle a go, and it has been wonderful. i am going to check out SIB free meal or not, but i would totally go for the bella divine salad or the rockin’ veggie perhaps… everything on their menu sounds tremendous!!! :)
thank you for doing what you do!
jen

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The Voracious Vegan March 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

I am borderline obsessed with avocados. Oh, who am I kidding, it is an out and out love affair. I have at least one a day, I looooove them. In fact, I’m having guacomole for dinner.

So, I think this salad looks AMAZING! So fresh and beautiful. It really is divine!

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Julie March 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

LOL, me too! I became a fan of them on Facebook!

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Marly March 29, 2010 at 8:13 am

I’m a vegan who has been trying to increase raw foods and was getting a little bored with my regular salad. This looks a nice one to add to the mix. Thanks!

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Annie March 29, 2010 at 9:02 am

I’d be interested in trying the SIB’s Sunny “Couture” Futomaki.

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kelly March 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

i would TOTALLY have the bella divine or the rockin veggie. mmmm. i might have to try to make them at home. these are both my favorite kinds of salads.

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Samantha March 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

Well, from you talking up the Bella Divine Salad so much I would have to go with that! Though I would probably stop by again to get the tempeh reuben cuz it’s something I wouldn’t make at home. Everything looks so good!

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Samantha March 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

Tweeted too btw :)

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Amy S. March 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I’m taking the plunge and I bought some delicious-looking organic kale. (I showed it to my little son– he poked the curly leaves and looked a little disturbed.) I’m going to try salad with it. Everyone says that kale salads are THE BEST! so I’m trusting you, Gina, and the rest of you all who comment and rave…

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shannonmarie March 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm

That salad really is divine!

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VeggieGirl March 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I would love the try the Macro Bowl, and enjoy every single bite of it.

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Michelle March 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm

I’d love to try the reuben special, but the salad looks tasty too!

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mppaul2 March 29, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Looks wonderful!!! I will have to try this once I complete my 7 day raw detox…in about 4 days :-)

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Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) March 30, 2010 at 9:10 am

Ohhh I love avocados! This salad looks so yummy :-) I’d really like to try the western burrito from Sun In Bloom!

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kim March 30, 2010 at 10:21 am

SIB’s Rockin’ Veggie sounds divine.

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elaine March 31, 2010 at 5:37 pm

the bella divine sounds scrumptious!

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Diana (Soap & Chocolate) April 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Do I get to enter? ;) Kidding. I don’t get to talk, do I? I consider myself very lucky to have this stuff at my fingertips. It’s one thing that will make it easier to come back from vacay!

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Amy S. April 3, 2010 at 9:54 am

I took the kale plunge, and with this awesome dressing, my life is changed forever. =)

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maren April 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

mmm that salad looks good i’ll have to make it

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lynzie April 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I just made my own version of this salad at home (mainly because I didn’t have the EXACT ingredients you used and couldn’t wait to try this… I subbed baby romaine for the kale, and didn’t have red cabbage – plus I added some crushed up raw flax bread for a kick). I can’t wait till lunchtime! It looks and smells wonderful!
Thank you, Gena! Your recipes are very inspiring and delicious!

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Nicole April 19, 2010 at 9:31 am

The western burrito sounds great. I’m curious about the live Ranch dressing. I’ll be in New York April 28 – May 1 & plan to try Sun in Bloom.

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Bitt May 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Your version beats the restaurant version. And can be made cheaper. Way to go.

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