Recipe for Cucumber and Radish Pressed Salad – 87 calories (Macrobiotic Recipe / Fast Day Recipe / 5-2 Recipe / Healthy Salad Recipe) / How to make a macrobiotic salad
If you are not into the 5-2 diet / way of life, the title was not your cue to shut down this window 🙂 Nooo, I’m not letting you go that easily! I’m sure the word ‘PRESSED’ piqued your curiosity, right?
In Pressed salads or Macrobiotics salads, the thinly sliced vegetables are salted / seasoned, and pressed down for a while. The salt cures or partly cooks the vegetables, preserving the active live enzymes, making them more digestible. This is great for vegetables like radish and cucumber, which people feel are difficult to eat raw, especially those with a weak digestive system. The cured vegetables take on a unique texture, somewhere between raw and cooked, making them a delight to eat.
The slight fermentation that occurs when the vegetables are allowed to rest brings adds to the health quotient as well as improves the flavour. The moisture left over on the vegetables after the excess liquid is discarded, keeps the salad juicy and very little dressing is required as compared to regular salads.
Thinly sliced green leafy vegetables, carrots, celery, onions, apple, pear, cabbage can all be used in various combinations to make a pressed salad.
The word ‘macrobiotics’ was first used in the context of food and health by Christoph Hufeland, a German physician, in his book The Art of Prolonging Human Life (1797). This concept and way of eating became quite popular in Japan, thanks to late 19th century doctor Sagen Ishizuka, and later his student George Ohsawa, who strongly advocated the health benefits of traditional Japanese cuisine that had many macrobiotic elements to it.
The essence of a macrobiotic diet is relying on brown rice, beans, fresh organic vegetables, while meat, dairy, frozen and processed food are to be avoided. Non-fatty fish and shellfish are allowed in moderation.
So here’s a sample macrobiotic salad for you. Feel free to try our your own combinations using this technique.