Green Summer Slaw Salad

The warmth of summer is the perfect time to mix up your salad routine and try something new, fresh and delicious.  I love walking to my local farmers market in Santa Monica and getting inspired by all of the amazing produce available.  This salad uses all green ingredients to create a nutrient dense meal that packs a serious flavor punch!  It's one of my favorites!

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 head of green cabbage
1/2 bunch green kale de-stemmed
1/2 head broccoli
2 green apples
1/2 bunch cilantro (about 1/2 cup of leaves)
1/2 bunch parsley
1/2 cup pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional: 2 chicken breasts boiled and shredded

INSTRUCTIONS:
Shred the cabbage into very thin slices and place in a very large mixing bowl.  Remove thick spines from the kale and thinly slice the leaves then add to the bowl as well.  Shred the broccoli, allowing all the little florets to break apart.  Slice the stems very thinly and add everything to the bowl.  Using a mandolin, julienne the 2 green apples and add to the mixture.  Remove the leaves from the cilantro and parsley.  You can add them whole, or chop them depending on your preference.  Add the 1/2 cup olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper and toss everything together.  Once salad is dressed, I toss in the pepitas and give one final stir so they don't get too soggy.  You can also toss in your shredded chicken or simply place on top for added protein and to make this salad a meal all on its own.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:
This salad is a powerful anti-cancer meal full of some of the most important veggies for women's health (but also great for men of course.) 

Green cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and kale are some of the most powerful choices when it comes to preventing hormone driven cancers like breast, ovarian and endometrial.  They contain indole-3-carbinol which helps your body excrete estrogen.  Plus they are full of antioxidants which neutralize damaging free radicals.  They contain lots of fiber which helps to keep your body regular and eliminate waste and toxins.  Keeping the body as free of toxins as possible helps keep your immune system active, strong and ready to fight any cancer cells that may spring up.  Yay for cruciferous veggies!

Cilantro and parsley also helps rid the body of heavy metals and toxins while regulating your blood sugar.  Keeping sugar low is an important part of an anti-cancer and anti-inflammation diet. 

Green apples are rich in trace minerals and anti-oxidants which help in cell re-building and cell rejuvenation.  They are also full of fiber.

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium which plays a roll in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body and is also known to help relieve symptoms of PMS.

Apple cider vinegar improves digestion (I like Braggs with The Mother for extra probiotics) and olive oil is full of healthy fats.  They say the immune system starts in the gut, so keeping that belly happy is key for maintaining optimal health.

A nutritious and delicious summer meal that you can feel great about eating!

Buon Appetito!