If this salad is eaten post your Lap Band surgery, all you need to do is cut this into very small pieces to support the portion control per mouthful.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 3 medium (about 360g) organic carrots (Absolute Organic brand), peeled, cut into matchsticks
  • 85g (1 1/4 cups) fresh bean sprouts, washed, dried

dressing

  • 60ml (1/4 cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 teaspoons finely grated fresh organic ginger (Absolute Organic brand)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar  (avoid during the pre-surgery Optifast phase)
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Method Notes

Step 1  Place sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2  To make the dressing, combine the lemon juice, peanut oil, sesame oil, ginger and sugar in a jug. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3  Place the toasted sesame seeds, carrot and bean sprouts in a medium bowl. Drizzle with the dressing and gently toss to combine. Divide salad among bowls and serve immediately.

Australian Good Taste – February 2004 , Page 60, Recipe by Caroline Griffiths