Now that Winter is arriving in central Texas, it’s time to harvest those wonderful varieties of kale, radishes, carrots and herbs from the Farm at Travaasa. Aside from being delicious, these seasonal delights also boast tons of health benefits.
Kale: Loaded with Vitamin K, A, C and Magnesium, just to name a few
Radishes: Helpful in eliminating toxins from the body
Carrots: Helps in the prevention of cardiovascular disease
Mexican Marigold: Helps in the prevention of macular degeneration
When the farm delivers their pristine produce, everyone in our kitchen stops for a moment to admire the incredible quality. Get inspired by what the winter season has to offer with this colorful, nutrient-rich salad.
- ¼ tsp. Umeboshi plum paste
- ½ cup organic apple juice
- 1/3 cup Braggs apple cider vinegar
- juice from 2 lemons
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot
- 1 small jalapeno chili with seeds removed
- ¼ cup of thinly sliced red onions
- 1 cup of freshly grated carrots
- ¼ cup of trimmed watermelon radishes
- 1 T. goji berries (available in bulk in most good stores)
- ¼ cup of shaved fennel root (optional)
- Kale Chips
- Blend the following in a blender: Umemboshi plum paste, Organic apple juice, Braggs apple cider vinegar, Juice from lemons, Garlic, Shallot, Jalapeno Chili
- Pour your vinaigrette into a mixing bowl and add sliced red onions and toss into dressing.
- Now add: grated carrots, trimmed watermelon radishes, goji berries and shaved fennel root.
- Plate goji carrot salad with your favorite lettuce and a periphery of kale chips.
- This fermented Umemboshi plum paste is a good example of a favorable probiotic that introduces favorable bacteria that helps boost your immune system and aid your digestion. You can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores.
- Chef Marko Ellinger
- Culinary Education Specialist
- Travaasa Experiential Resorts
Photo taken by Kim Grabosky, Travaasa Organic Farmer