Tuesday, June 24

Ojai Raw Veggie Salad

A crunchy salad made with fresh raw vegetables and mixed greens inspired by a trip to Ojai

Shaved Raw Vegetable Salad

My husband and I spent the weekend on a belated-anniversary trip to the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. We had a wonderful time relaxing at the pool, enjoying spa treatments, and celebrating our life together. The resort encourages a healthy lifestyle and offers complimentary fitness classes, healthy menu choices, and endless options for spending time outside in nature. We did our fair share of of partying, but we left feeling inspired to make healthier choices. We also took a trip to Ojai's farmers' market on our way out of town and left with a bunch of beautiful local produce which we turned into this fresh salad. The ingredients and preparation are simple, but when vegetables are this fresh, they don't need much work to taste delicious. I love all the texture that the crunchy shaved vegetables, bursting cherry tomatoes, and fragile lettuces bring to this salad. It's a vibrant, beautiful salad that can easily be customized to whatever fresh produce you can find in your area.

More Healthy Salad Recipes:
- Raw Kale, Brussels Sprout, & Hazelnut Salad
- Green Salad with Crispy Quinoa & Pomegranate
- Grapefruit, Fennel, & Avocado Salad

Ojai Raw Vegetable Salad:
For Dressing
  • Finely mince 1 shallot and place in a small bowl with 2 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar.
  • Let the shallots sit for about 5 minutes, then whisk in 1/2 tbsp. dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Slowly whisk in 1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil until emulsified.
For Salad
  • Peel and thinly slice 1 raw beet, 2 large carrots, and 1 bunch of radishes into 1/8" thick slices.*
  • Toss the vegetables with 6 c. loosely-packed mixed greens and 1 c. halved cherry tomatoes.
  • Add in some of the dressing and toss to combine.**
  • Sprinkle with 3 oz. crumbled fresh goat cheese and freshly ground pepper.

Serves two (entree)
Serves four-six (side dish)
*I highly suggest using a mandoline slicer to do this.
**You may not need all the dressing. Leftover dressing will keep in a sealed container at room temperature for a few days.