This month, J and I will be exploring ginger in all its spicy, aromatic glory!
There are a few, rather obscure, foods that come to mind when I think of J’s taste: crème fraiche, pears, pomegranate molasses, figs, balsamic vinegar and ginger. I, on the other hand, am not overwhelmingly sold on the huge flavor of ginger. The slightly sweet, peppery taste is so powerful that I find that it has a tendency to mute all other flavors if used in too large of a quantity. I have tried ginger in smoothies, sushi, breads, noodles, and stir fry’s, but my taste buds have never quite adjusted.
One thing I do love about the ugly root is its nutritional benefits. Ginger is effective at reducing nausea and stomach issues, contains anti-inflammatory properties, boosts your immune system and may protect against ovarian and colorectal cancers. For this reason I am trying to sneak the little guy into my life this month in subtle, enjoyable ways. Maybe I will find new ways to enjoy it!
This salad is a combination of a lot of things I DO love and I find all these ingredients to be very welcoming to our June-friend ginger. I combined creamy avocado with sweet mangoes and crunchy red onions and tossed them in a sesame-oil, garlic and ginger dressing. (Side note to those of you who don’t like ginger but love garlic: the two ingredients are very complementary, joined at the hip we might say.) Although I didn’t add it here, I think this salad would be fantastic with a cooked whole-grain like brown rice.
Mango Avocado Ginger Salad
makes about 2 servings
- About* 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
- About 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
- About 2 cloves raw, minced garlic
- About 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Mixed greens
- 1 diced avocado
- 1 large diced mango
- 1/2 diced red onion
- 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- About 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- Optional: hemp hearts, brown rice
*I say “About” here because I think it is really important to adjust the level to your taste, especially the ginger 😉
The salad is so easy that your only directions are to combine and enjoy!
What are your thoughts on ginger? Love it or hate it? What ways do you like to prepare it?