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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Cabbage Slaw with Sorrel and Sesame (gluten-free, ACD, vegan, raw option)

My coworker E and I have a wonderfully reciprocal relationship.  We trade produce, health tips, and knowledge about various things. Most of the time I feel like I get the better end of the bargain - she is incredibly generous and knowledgeable, and I have a hard time keeping up! The other day she brought me a bunch of lovely sorrel leaves from her garden.  I was thrilled! I'm growing it in my garden, but it hasn't quite gotten large enough to harvest yet.

If you aren't familiar with sorrel, it is a perennial herb with a tart, sour, almost lemony flavor.  The flavor is due to the high amount of oxalic acid present in the leaves. If you are particularly sensitive to oxalates, you may want to steer clear of sorrel. In large quantities, everyone should be careful - too much sorrel can be toxic! But a small amount here and there won't harm you. So, if you can handle oxalates, find sorrel immediately, because it is delicious.   It is used all over the world in various dishes from soups to salads to meat dishes.  It is delicious with butter over fish. Because it has a tart, sour, lemony flavor, it like adding it to slaws and salads for an acidic bite.  Minneapolis is in the midst of a heat wave, and I am craving raw vegetables non-stop, so I used some of my gifted sorrel for a tasty slaw. 

This slaw is crunchy, spicy, sweet, and salty, just the way I like it.  It's quick to prepare, and pretty too (especially served in my new purple lacquered bamboo bowl). I think you'll like it.  Served with baked salmon, it was the perfect light dinner for a hot day.  I'm glad I kept the kitchen cool and my dinner light because once it cooled down outside, I heated up my kitchen and weighed down my system with some experimental double chocolate chip cookies I'm working on. Hint: they involve soaked dry beans and a little bit of magic.   I'll be delivering some of these freshly baked little gems to my loyal testers later today...

But before we eat cookies, we must eat our vegetables. So here's some slaw!


Cabbage Slaw with Sorrel and Sesame

yield 4 side servings or 2-3 main course servings

1/2 head cabbage, finely shredded 
2 carrots, grated
2 scallions, finely sliced
6 sorrel leaves, sliced in a thin chiffonade
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds (if raw, use untoasted)
a couple pinches red pepper flakes
umeboshi plum vinegar
olive oil
sesame oil 
optional: handful toasted cashew
s, chopped (if raw, use untoasted cashews)

Prepare vegetables as directed and toss together in a bowl, reserving some of the scallion for garnish.  Drizzle a glug of olive oil, a little splash of sesame oil, about 1-2 tsp of umeboshi plum vinegar over the slaw and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chili flakes, and adjust quantity of oil/ume vinegar to taste, and toss it all together one more time. Sprikle with remaining scallions, a few more sesame seeds and chili flakes, and serve. Easy!

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Reader Comments (2)

Oh how beautiful, light and tastey this looks , you are always surprising me with the unexpected , I am going to try this with rice vinigar ( because I don't have plum vinigar and I will leave out the sorrel and red peper flakes because I can't have those ( I know mine will be blander than yours but I still think it will be good ) your dish looks amazing, yes it was the perfect bowl to serve from ( the photograph is absolutely gorgeous , such incrediable lighting , as always ...you rock !!!) This certainly does make a wonderful meal for a warm day. You always make my day ( thanks for the headsup about the high oxalates in the sorrel I did not know about that , but I sure do appreciate the information that you give to all of us so we will know how to make adjustments if needed , well I sure looking forward to hearing more about your fabulous cookies , they sound exciting as does everything you always share with all of us .Have a great rest of your week and be well , Bye :)

May 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

This sounds amazing and it's beautiful. thanks for sharing!!

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