Today, we celebrate that Vitamix is not just for blending. You can chop vegetables and prepare salads in your Vitamix! Is there anything this machine can't do? Just make sure you pulse so you don't end up with dip! LOL! If you don't have a Vitamix you can chop these vegetables by hand or use a good processor. I did chop the brussel sprouts by hand just to give them an extra bit of love. I LOVE chopped salads because it appeals to the "socialist in me"! I like every bite to have an equal share of the dressing so I get a perfect bite with every lift of the fork! Well, this salad delivers a mouth watering explosion of flavours with every bite!
I made this salad with one of my dearest kindred spirit sisters, Denise, affectionately known as "Lady D". She is a wonderful whole foods cook, event planner, decorator, administrator, voice over artist, and the list goes on and on. There is nothing this amazing woman can't do. It as Denise who introduced me to one of my long-time idols, and her friend and neighbour, Dr Robert O Young. Denise lives right next door to the PH Miracle Centre! I had SO much fun spending time with Dr Young, Shelley Young, and cooking with the alkaline chefs in the PH Miracle kitchen. I learnt so much about alkaline vegan cooking and "uncooking". It really was a dream come true for me.
I met Denise when she was co-ordinating one of Scott's audiobook classes and we were sisters from the start. We laughed that we were separated at birth we had so much in common! I just adore her! I was so touched yesterday when she drove up to L.A from San Diego to surprise me to help me move into my new house! She, along with my amazing friends Mika, James, Rei, Kai, Liz, Flynn and Katy helped me move every last box out of my beloved apartment in Studio City.
So begins a new chapter in my life. I am so overwhemed with the love and support of my "L.A family" and feel truly blessed. 2012 is going to be a great year!
But, I digress. Back to the salad! The key to this salad is getting uniform pieces of vegetables that all come together with the flavours of the oils, nuts and seeds to create a taste sensation that is spectacular! Once you have tossed the salad together, adjust your quantities of lemon juice and salt to get the flavour balance "juuuust right". The roasted brussel sprouts add a delicious nuttiness to this salad that is really incredible.
Thanks "Lady D." I love you.