Rhododendrons are nature’s chakras. From deep red to bright white, these flowers are symbolic to the chakra system. The ultimate pure, bright, white light contains the rainbow colors, and these flowers are no exception to the rule that everything is interconnected.
Man, nature, universe; color fuels thy soul, inspires inner beauty and makes everything look cheerful. I spent much time admiring these flowers this spring, enamored by the color that enhanced Seattle’s beauty. My favorite trees are the purple bushes that outline the entranceway to Queen Anne’s Parsons Garden.
The word rhododendron comes from the Greek word that means “rose.” Although internally toxic to humans and animals, these precious petals inspired this recipe.
I wanted to make a fresh and raw meal to aide with the spring cleansing process. A raw kale-inspired slaw with mango dressing sounded "cool" and matched the color of these petals. I believe in balance and that includes eating a fair amount of raw and cooked vegetables.
Once the weather gets warmer, we need cooling foods to regulate our body temperature. This dish is the perfect meal or snack to kickstart a healthy summer diet. Besides it's cooling properties, raw salads fuel the body with extra water to stay hydrated in the summer heat.
You can eat this as a salad or as a side dish.
Want to learn more about the health benefits of kale?
Check out the Six Proven & Healthy Benefits of Kale blog by Health and Fitness shop!
Raw Rainbow Kale Slaw with Mango Citrus Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 cups of purple and green cabbaged, chopped or sliced
1 red and yellow pepper, chopped
1 cup packed kale, chopped
1 carrot, grated
¼ cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp olive oil
Prep the vegetables. Place a bit of olive oil on your hands and massage the kale. Combine the ingredients into a bowl. Place the dressing ingredients into a blender and mix until smooth. Pour the dressing on top of the slaw and enjoy. Add a pinch of salt (optional) to bring out the flavor.
*Note: You can also use balsamic vinegar instead. Use more oil and vinegar if you prefer more of a dressing taste instead of raw fruit.
Want to add raw and freshly squeeze juice to your diet? Check out my Rainbow Juice recipes also inspired by the Rhododendrons. Don't forget to read about the 6 Proven Benefits of Kale by Health & Fitness Shop here!
What is your favorite raw dish for the summer?
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com