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Rajibydesign Green Machine      I never thought I’d say this, but I love salads.  Of course, I’ve always been a healthy eater and all that, but I was never the ‘salad person.’ Now, that’s pretty much all I crave.  Maybe it has something to do with being in the west coast, where not only is the weather always great but the produce is so fresh.  But it’s also because I never knew salads could be so much more than lettuce and tomatoes! This salad is great as a side to your regular meal on its own, or add a protein component (meat or tofu) to make it into an entree. The ingredients are available in most Asian markets, and even Whole Foods. Enjoy!Rajibydesign Cilantro

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil (the oil comes toasted and is the drizzling oil, as opposed to raw, which is the cooking oil)
  • 1 tbsp. unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves with tender stems–cut into 2 inches pieces
  • 2 small cucumbers or 1/2 large one, cut into thin rounds
  • 4 celery stalks, cut diagonally into thin slices
  • 6 scallions, cut diagonally into thin slices
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to your taste

Preparation

  • Mix oil, vinegar, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Add cilantro, celery, cucumbers, and scallions. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine.
  • The salad can be prepared 6 hours before you serve it. Just cover it and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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