Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

The past six months have been a hectic whirlwind of stress and uncertainty, with several diagnoses of cancer within our family, including my own basal cell carcinoma diagnosis last week!  When we tell people of our diagnoses, so many people mention family members and friends who have also been diagnosed with various forms of cancer.  It seems like cancer is reaching epidemic proportions in our society.

As luck would have it, I received an email last week announcing the 2019 Food Revolution Summit, which is a conglomeration of several doctors and other experts in the fields of medicine and nutrition, hosted by John and Ocean Robbins.  According to these specialists, there is very compelling evidence to suggest that our diet plays a dramatic role in our health.  I thought that we ate quite healthily, but after listening to several of the speakers, I realized that we were missing out on many of the benefits gained by consuming more vegetables and fruits.  There is so much conflicting information in circulation regarding what is healthy, what isn’t, the latest fad diets, etc., and sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe.  But after listening to, and reading for myself, the results of countless studies and experiments, the evidence is definitely mounting in favour of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

The conclusion that I have drawn is that what we eat the most of, every day, is what will make the difference in our health.  As one doctor put it, what we eat bathes all of our cells with whatever that food is made up of.  Everything we eat is composed of certain chemicals, whether it’s the antioxidants in a tomato, or the petroleum-based food colouring in a packaged food…and each ingredient creates a reaction within the cells in our bodies, for better or for worse.  Some chemicals, such as the sulforaphanes in a piece of broccoli, will nourish us and help our bodies repair DNA damage in our cells.  Every time we eat, we have the choice to give our cells the fuel they need to regenerate and repair, or to shortchange them with poor nutrition, and basically leave them hungry and unable to function as they are supposed to.  There are so many great resources that I discovered during this Summit; I think everyone will benefit by reading even just some of their findings, so I will leave a list of links to some of the specialists’ websites at the end of this post.

Now, on to the recipe!  I concocted this simple cruciferous salad after hearing many of the doctors say that the cruciferous veggies are some of the best at fighting cancer.  I created the dressing to add some great flavour, vitamin C and a bit of fat to help with the absorption of the good stuff…the tang of the lemon helps to counteract some of the bitterness of the veg.

Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Salad:
1 cup small broccoli florets (about half a head of broccoli)
1 cup small cauliflower florets (about half a head of cauliflower)
approximately 2 handfuls of arugula
2 radishes, sliced
2 red cabbage leaves, sliced into slender shreds

For the Dressing:
juice of one lemon (or half, if the lemons are large)
1 small garlic clove
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions:

Make the dressing first; place all ingredients in the container of a hand-held blender and blend until completely liquified, or place ingredients in a measuring cup (finely grate the garlic) and whisk well to combine. Set aside and make the salad.

Place a handful of the arugula in each bowl, then divide the broccoli and cauliflower florets between the two dishes, then the radish slices and cabbage shreds. Pour the dressing over the top and enjoy.

Resources:

Dr. William Li https://drwilliamli.com/

Dr. Mark Hyman https://drhyman.com/

Dr. Dean Ornish http://deanornish.com/

Dr. Kristi Funk https://pinklotus.com/powerup/breastcancer101/

Dr. Michael Klaper https://www.doctorklaper.com/

Dr. Joel Fuhrman https://www.drfuhrman.com/

Dr. Joel Kahn https://drjoelkahn.com/

Dr. Saray Stancic https://drstancic.com/

Marco Borges http://www.marcoborges.com/

Printable version:

Anti-Cancer Salad with Zesty Lemon Dressing

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

For the Salad:

  • 1 cup small broccoli florets (about half a head of broccoli)
  • 1 cup small cauliflower florets (about half a head of cauliflower)
  • approximately 2 handfuls of arugula
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 2 red cabbage leaves, sliced into slender shreds

For the Dressing:

  • juice of one lemon, or half, if the lemon is large
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing first; place all ingredients in the container of a hand-held blender and blend until completely liquified, or place ingredients in a measuring cup (finely grate the garlic) and whisk well to combine. Set aside and make the salad.

  2. Place a handful of the arugula in each bowl, then top with the broccoli and cauliflower florets, the radish slices and cabbage shreds and then pour the dressing over the top.

 

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