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February 23, 2014

there is a restaurant here in the bay area and in l.a. called café gratitude.  the menu is vegan, largely raw & the dishes have names like “i am glorious” or “i am pure”.  i will admit that at first, ordering with a straight face was hard to do. but after a few visits i got over the ordering & into the food & into one item in particular – a pad thai-inspired salad, “i am terrific”, which i decided to re-create at home.  the mission of cafe gratitude is about being a person who chooses “loving your life & being grateful every day…having fun & enjoying being nourished”.  that is a sentiment that i can seriously get behind while smiling the whole time.


you are terrific (serves 4)
my version of café gratitude’s i am terrific
1 bunch lacinato kale, cored and julienned
6 oz. broccoli slaw (or shredded cabbage)
4 oz. shredded carrots
12 oz. sea kelp noodles*
½ C cilantro
½ C basil, torn
¼ C mint leaves, torn
½ C tamari almonds, coarsely chopped

in a large bowl combine kale, broccoli slaw (or cabbage, if using), carrots, kelp noodles, cilantro, basil & mint.  add desired amount of thai almond sauce (recipe below) & dress well.  top with almonds before serving.

*sea kelp noodles are available at my local market in the international aisle & at

thai almond sauce (makes about 3 cups)
adapted from café gratitude
½ C lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno, seeds removed
¼ C ginger juice*
1 C water
2 T tamari
1 T salt
1 T agave
½ bunch cilantro
½ bunch basil
1 ½ C almond butter

blend all ingredients well in a high speed blender.  store in a jar in the refrigerator.

note: sauce will become t-h-i-c-k in the refrigerator; simply thin with a bit of water.

*i found ginger juice at whole foods & health food stores

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Tamtam permalink
    February 24, 2014 1:24 am

    Yum yum yum!!! this looks very good. I got inspired by your earlier post and Craigy is making zucchini pasta but with garlic shrimp. This salad is going to need to be on this weeks menu. Cheers!!!

  2. Emily Fisher permalink
    February 24, 2014 2:07 am

    Lookie, you made my food! (I still think about the desert thing I had at that place years ago with y’all, wish I could remember what it was because I’m sure these days I have the wherewithal to recreate it, maybe even already have.)

  3. Cristina permalink
    February 24, 2014 6:20 pm

    Thanks Karena, printed and now I will get the ingredients…yummy!! Emily I think we were together and you had the ginger cake.

    • Emily Fisher permalink
      February 24, 2014 6:47 pm

      Yes, you were most definitely there, but I don’t believe I had ginger cake — unless it was just a little mound of something dense and delicious. I know Bukie was jealous, wondered how the hell I knew to order that thing that was maybe the best thing there….

      • Emily Fisher permalink
        February 24, 2014 6:49 pm

        Oh, maybe you know for sure what it was because you’ve been back and had it? If so, could you please tell me about it, so maybe I can figure out how to make it?

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