Just wanted to pass along a note of thanks to all you loyal readers!  Your thoughts and love are much appreciated!
…and a special thanks to my Number One fan (..if you don’t know who you are, we had lunch today–and it was awesome! :).  Just knowing that I have inspired you to think differently about food–and that you and your family are enjoying the benefits of those changes, has made every bit of this “Food-ivore” journey worth every second!
…and if you want to start a fan-club, I wouldn’t object !! Ha!

I can’t think of a better way to spend my time or energy–you all inspire me!
Thank you!

I am always on the lookout for a new salad recipe–it is such an easy way to incorporate more vegetables in your meal and to add a quick side dish!
I found this recipe today online at and adapted it a little to what I had in the fridge and cut the recipe in half.  Here is the original recipe, I switched out the almonds, radishes and snow peas, and added walnuts, red peppers and carrot–I think any veg would be great in this one!
Madeleine declared it “brilliant”!  I can’t think of a better endorsement than that!

Napa Cabbage Picnic Salad Recipe

  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 head napa cabbage thinly sliced or shredded
  • 1 cup snow peas, strings removed, rinsed and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/3 cups thinly sliced red or yellow pepper
  • 1  cup thinly sliced green onions (including greens)
  • 1 1/3 cups lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves

Dressing ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove peeled and minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


Combine cabbage, snow peas, peppers, green onions, cilantro in a large bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix together the rice vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and cayenne until sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the mayonnaise.

When ready to serve, gently combine the dressing and almonds with the cabbage mixture.

tip:  this makes A LOT of salad….feel free to half the recipe!
tip 2:  I usually keep some napa aside, so if there are leftovers the next day you can add the fresh napa to the salad.  It will freshen it right up!



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