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Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe


Macrobiotic Pressed Salad Recipe
Jen Hoy
Pressed salad is a dish indicated for promoting flexibility and can be made anytime of year. Salting and pressing has the effect of "cooking" the vegetables in the sense of making them more digestible, but preserves the active living enzymes. Try adding very thinly sliced green apple for another burst of flavor.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 head napa or green cabbage, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise, de-seeded, and sliced thin
  • 1 small daikon radish, grated, or 6 red radishes, sliced thin
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced thin on the diagonal
  • 1/2 medium red onion, sliced paper thin
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown rice vinegar OR umeboshi plum vinegar


Place all vegetables in a non-reactive mixing bowl (stainless steel or glass).

Add the salt and mix well.

Place a plate over the vegetables and press down.

Weight the plate with a clean rock, 2 pound can, jug of water or other heavy object.

Press vegetables for 1 hour. Remove plate, and squeeze out excess liquid. If the salad is too salty, rinse with cool water and dry thoroughly. Toss with vinegar and serve.

Serves 6

Copyright 2008 by Jen Hoy

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