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 Cubed Tropical Fruit Salad 1Raw Vegan and Gluten-Free

My niece and I had a lot of Raw Fusion food projects during her summer visit, one of them was t replicate the “rubic cube fruit stack” (see photo below that has been on Facebook).  Our goal was to make it vegan and add some variety in the colors.  The fruits that we chose were Watermelon, Kiwi, Papaya, Pineapple and for the white, some lovely Jicama root.

 Mexican Potato

Jicama is highly favored in Latin America, specifically in Mexico, where it is called the “Mexican potato.”  I have never seen or eaten it heated or cooked.  It has a crunchy, sweet texture and is one of my favorite items to keep shredded along with beets, carrots and cabbage for salads and wraps.  You need to peel the brown fibrous layer.  Unfortunately it is not easy to find these days; some of our local markets that had been carrying it due to special requests had discontinued as it does not stay fresh very long.  Within a week it starts to go soft and even develops mold.  But if you can find some and use it up in a timely manner, it’s a real treat.

Plan B

Well, it was only about 5 minutes into this project that Ciera and I discovered that we were never going to get the precision squares that would be needed to hold this stack together, so we went to Plan B, deciding to turn it into an appetizing tropical fruit salad.  I quickly put a sauce together that I had made in the past for one of my Raw Food dinners.

Blood orange juice is the only kind that I buy prepared in the grocery store because most juices are devoid of nutrients and very acidic by the time they hit the grocery store shelves.   Noble is a good brand.  If I can find fresh blood oranges — very seasonal — all the better.  The exotic taste and high level of antioxidants (although maybe not so present in the refrigerated variety) makes this one of my favorite “go-to” stock items.  Orange blossom water or extract is another exotic pantry staple that you can find in Middle Eastern or Indian markets.

Nectar of the Goddesses Dressing

Ingredients:
1/2 cup blood orange juice
1-2 tsp. orange blossom water
Juice from one lime
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 TB. raw honey

Blend all of these ingredients in a food processor bowl or blender.  Chill fruits and dressing for about an hour before serving for a more enhanced flavor.  You can either drizzle over the individual salad bowls or plates or serve in a portion cup on the side.

Cheers!

When my niece tried this, she said “If there was truly a nectar of the goddesses, this would be it!”  The taste is worthy of the Olympians so I urge you to try this fat-free, antioxidant and phyto-chemical rich dish as a breakfast, snack or dessert.

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If you liked this raw, vegan, tropical fruit salad, you may enjoy my Rosemary Infused Roasted Fruits with Sweet Lime Creme.

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LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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