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Gratitude Salad

Lately, I’ve been feeling a renewed sense of gratitude. A deep and almost overflowing sense of thankfulness. Nothing has happened that is differently in my life.

Things haven’t been going “my way." My gratitude has blossomed out of the hardships, the painful moments in life, and the anger too! This salad is based on my favorite salad at Cafe Gratitude: the “I am Pure” salad. It’s a chopped salad that is basically raw, aside from the steamed kale. I steam my kale it to make it easier to digest and to keep my thyroid healthy, but you don't have to! Too much raw kale can hurt your thyroid and I eat a lot of it. The seaweed will benefit your thyroid and is super tasty!

Gratitude Salad

  • 2 cups lacinato kale, de-spined and chopped finely (flash steamed)
  • 2 cups green lettuce chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumbers, julienned
  • 1 cup arame seaweed, soaked
  • 1 cup of red cabbage kimchi or sauerkraut
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms marinated in olive oil and nama shoyu
  • 2 large avocados, chopped into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Almonds for topping
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps rice vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon nama shoyu (raw soy sauce)
  • ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ tablespoon sea salt (to taste)
  1. Mix all dressing ingredients in a blender, blend till smooth.
  2. Steam your kale and let cool. Toss all salad ingredients in large mixing bowl with dressing. Add all ingredients toss and plate! Enjoy with gratitude.

Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders has long had a passion for holistic health and fitness. Growing up in Sedona, Arizona, her love of fresh foods, natural healing and fitness was nurtured by this forward thinking community. She trained at the Matthew Kenney Academy and eventually took a job as the head instructor of the online raw food educational program.

Summer now runs a whole food cleansing and health consulting company called Radiantly Raw Lifestyles. She is a certified personal trainer, weight management coach, prenatal exercise coach, and fitness nutrition specialist with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Summer splits her time between San Diego, CA and Sedona, AZ with her husband Mike and their baby Henry.

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