Friday, June 16, 2017

Sesame Ginger Salad and Kabobs

Whole 30 Sesame Ginger Skewers.
This meal is pretty quick to put together. The marinade doubles as a salad dressing that we just love. Because this is a Whole 30 complaint meal there is no soy, dairy, gluten, grains, or processed sugar. I promise you won't even miss them! My oldest kids and I have this favorite Korean BBQ place that we used to go to before I started Whole 30. They have this salad that is so good, it's light but flavorful. We ask for 3 bowls to share each time we go! Each bowl has a few servings. One day I was making this marinade and my oldest child walked by and goes "Mom, what is that smell! It smells like my favorite salad from the Korean place!" So I asked her to taste it and she said it's even better because the ginger has a kick. The restaurant doesn't use ginger. She asked me to not use all of it for a marinade so she could have it over salad. That is how this Sesame Ginger Salad came about.



The Kabobs/Skewers are straight forward. Cut the meat up and marinate it over night or before you assemble them, even the vegetables can be marinated. Depending on the vegetable you may not want to marinate them over night. Use your favorite protein and vegetables. Cook them on the grill or in an oven. These can be served with the salad for a meal, or you can add rice/cauliflower rice.

Setting up an assembly line makes the process much faster for the Kabobs/Skewers. 
Just make sure that you cut the meat and vegetables about the same size. If you have harder vegetables that need more time they can be cut a little thinner. You just don't want two big pieces of potato with a small slice of pepper in between because the pepper will not touch the grill surface and cook easily.
Sesame Ginger Kabobs/Skewers ready for the grill.
This marinade can also be tossed with veggies, cooked meat, cilantro, green onions, and your favorite noodle (zucchini, buckwheat, rice, soba, linguine etc) for a cold noodle salad. Sprinkle with sliced almonds or sesame seeds and you're good to go. It's versatile and quick to make.


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Sesame Ginger Marinade and Dressing

3-4 inch piece of ginger peeled, or to taste
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup Coconut Amnios
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar 
Red pepper flakes to taste
Salt
Pepper

  1. Place ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Or mince ginger and garlic and mix all the ingredients together. Season to taste.
  4. Use to marinate meats and vegetables.*
* Meats- beef, pork, lamb, shrimp, chicken, scallops, fish.
Vegetables- squash, onion, peppers, potatoes, winter squash, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, tofu cubes, etc.

Sesame Ginger Salad

Greens- salad greens, shredded brussels sprouts, kale, shredded broccli, etc
Red onion thinly sliced
Cilantro leaves, chopped
Toasted sesame seeds
Sesame Ginger Marinade and Dressing
Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toss vegetables with dressing.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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