Monday, April 16, 2018

Raw Salads and Simple Tasty Dressings

Parsley, diced cucumbers and diced tomatoes in equal amounts = salsa
Dressing: 2 lemons, 1+ T lemon zest, slightly less extra-virgin olive oil to lemon ratio, 2-4 minced garlic cloves, salt and pepper to taste

Was tired of my lemon-olive oil dressing which I pretty much ate all the time when I first got candida. One day in desperation I made this, but I can't remember quite how I did it. Almond butter for the nuttiness, coconut oil to add a bit of sweet flavor and to smooth out the almond butter, and from there I'm not certain. Oddly I probably blended a cucumber to give the dressing some liquid flow and certainly salt. Anyway, the almond butter nuttiness really complemented the cabbage slaw.

More of my all-time favorite lemon-olive oil dressing. Sometimes I varied it up a bit by adding fresh herbs: sometimes parsley, sometimes basic (YUM!), sometimes cilantro (YUM!), sometimes fresh dill (FAVORITE!)

Excellent for just dipping!

Sometimes I soaked pumpkin seeds to soften them for easier digestion, and then without throwing out the water (the seeds were barely covered so there wasn't lots of excess) added lemon juice, salt and pepper and tossed with simple salad greens. Nice toss salad. Garlic could be added for extra flavor as could lemon zest. A very basic recipe and easy to alter.


The early days of candida were horrible! And there weren't many things I could successfully eat without feeling like the south end of a donkey going north. Salad and these simple salad dressings comprised most of my early candida diet .... and I attribute the heavy chlorophyll of the greens and the natural anti-fungal properties of garlic and the supportive coconut oil for calories and which actually helps heal the GI track as being my biggest anti-candida treating aids.

8+ years later I still have some issues but I get along quite happily. I can now go to restaurants and choose carefully off of the menu, and I can eat a bit of sugar. I do, however, have food reactions I didn't have years ago -- not allergies since my blood tests are fine, but reactions that stem from some kind of imbalance in the flora of my gut. I'm just saying this as other people I know who have had systemic candida as badly as I did still also have residual issues, and some of my friends have relapsed, mostly because of returning to a more normal diet too soon and one because of stress. I've also talked with people who have "fully" recovered, but one thing that all of my friends and contacts with candida have in common is that they continue to pay attention to the needs of their bodies, AND despite being "well", almost none of them have returned (by choice) to their pre-candida day diets.


  1. Dear Cheryl,

    thank you very much for the new post. This food looks terrific! So colorful and bright and fresh. And I love your sauce boat! You do not presoak pumpkin seeds and discard the water, right? You add some water just for softening them? Are those asparagus stems to be eaten raw? I'm still struggling with IBS so, probably will have to blend the seeds. Is red cabbage slaw not too hard on digestion? Are those small greens on top of slaw - cress or some sprouts? Thank you for taking your time to answer my questions. That's a lot of help for me. Have a great week. Valentyna.

    1. Dear V,

      I loved making these salads ... and eating them too! But have to say, I wouldn't be eating this much roughage if I had IBS, that would seriously complicate the issue. Slaw bothers some people and in my early days of being so sick, cabbage of any kind gave me gas. Thank goodness I'm beyond that now! And the sprouts on top of the purple cabbage are radish sprouts, very zesty! I was introduced to them along with wasabi at a raw tuna restaurant (way back in the day). It was an buffet and I became more interested in the sprouts than the raw tuna! Ah, the good ol' days when I could eat what I wanted :)

  2. IBS is kind of a catch-all term that doesn't really refer to anything except a myriad of symptoms, from chronic reflux to SIBO to diarrhea, or then to IBD, like UC/Crohns ungiagnosed of course. Generally IBS is used to explain, unexplainable gut symptoms which are often blamed on physiological issues, in reality it's the opposite. Yes poor nutrition and eating habits can cause IBS but the future of physcology will be nutrition, probiotics, and movement. Typically IBS is used when they won't take the time or money to diagnose the patient. I'm glad you got through cabbage, I would give allot to flip that switch. I really love your colorful photos, layout, and easy to understand strict statement. When we have SIBO garlic blows us up like a balloon, or I would eat that all day, this year I have 600 garlic plants growing in my garden, 4 varieties. I have been doing salads for a few years now, I gave up wearing my jaw and teeth out instead put all salads into the vitamix, using celery and aloe as a base, I'll add flaxseed and black seed oil, prior I would just use olive oil as a dressing, tried balsamic, body doesn't like brown things, soy, syrups, mollases, peanuts, bean lectins, etc. I seemed to do surprisingly well on some artisan glyphosate overnight fermented bread, but I moved to a new treatment plan and stopped it again, for most people I know stopping bread and sugar is like stopping an addiction, but for those of us who have (been to that place), it's easy to just switch to another carb like rice. I'm not trying to upstage or anything with what I say, nice blog, glad I bookmarked it at some earlier time, and was just going through bookymarks.