This is the typical Chinese salad you can eat in a Chinese restaurant here in Spain. I don't know if you can find it in another country, but it's so easy to prepare it. The salad is made with ham too, but I've replaced it with organic soybean sprouts. I always try to consume organic soy products to avoid gmo soy.
When I was a child, I didn't like salads, but I loved this one, it's really delicious. This is the most common recipe, but some restaurants add other ingredients like corn or tomatoes. The traditional dressing is made with white sugar, but I prefer to use coconut or brown sugar.
Chinese restaurants use msg (monosodium glutamate) in many recipes, including this salad. Msg is a controversial food additive that enhances the taste of food, but it's addictive and really unhealthy. Many foods contain msg, so I recommend you to read the ingredient labels and avoid it.
Add more or less lettuce, carrots, agar and soybean sprouts, it's totally up to you, and you can also remove any ingredient or add another one. Use another sweetener to prepare the dressing if you don't eat sugar, or even you can remove it and add less vinegar.
Iceberg lettuce is less nutritious than other leafy greens, so you can replace it for another one, my favorites are romaine and spinach, but there are so many alternatives. I usually eat other greens, but I use it to prepare some recipes like this salad.
Agar is a translucent seaweed and it's really easy to use, you only have to soak it in cold water and drain it, that's all then you can add it to your salad. Agar is also used to thicken jams or to replace glelatin, it's vegan, healthier and cruelty-free.
I love this Chinese salad recipe, but if you want to eat it often, I recommend you to replace or remove the sugar. Raw fruits and vegetables are good for your health, so you should eat salads every day, they are super healthy and there are so many recipes to prepare. But not all salads are healthy, for example, Caesar salad is not a good choice because it's made with bread, cheese, chicken and a high calorie dressing, you should use healthy ingredients and dressings. If you eat healthy, you'll feel better, I promise!
Vegan Chinese Salad
- 1 iceberg lettuce
- 2 carrots
- ¼ cup soybean sprouts, 50 g
- ¼ cup agar
For the dressing:
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar, 55 g
- ¼ cup coconut or brown sugar, 50 g
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Soak the agar in water according to package directions.
- In a bowl place the chopped lettuce, julienned carrots, soybean sprouts and hydrated agar.
- To make the dressing you only have to blend all the ingredients in a blender
- Pour the dressing over the salad and stir until well mixed.