Raw Vegan Forbidden Rice-Cattail Salad

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 Bold and unexpected this salad will raise the eyebrows of your weekend guests

Bold and unexpected this salad will raise the eyebrows of your weekend guests

Two incredible foods meet each other in this dinner salad: a forbidden rice and a wild-harvested cattail.

The rice was eaten exclusively by royalty in Ancient China. Cattail? 

Are you sure? 


It’s a delicious, cucumber-tasting survivor food. 

The two are intimately joined together by a familiar-to-every-raw vegan dressing.

You will want to make this salad again and again this summer!

Serves 2


  • 1/2 cup forbidden rice
  • 2/3 cup cattail “heart” rings
  • 1/2 medium tomato
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 tablespoons raw apple vinegar with “mother”
  • Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry oregano (optional)



  1. Rinse the forbidden rice grain. Place it into a bowl and pour warm filtered water going 3 inches above the top. 
  2. Let the rice soak for 16-20 hours at room temperature or until the grains burst open. 
  3. Then drain the excess water. 


  1. Go to a nearest clean wetland and harvest cattail “hearts”! 

These are simply inner parts of the cattail stalks. 

Advice: Grab a friend, it will be fun! 

Please remember that the “hearts” are tender only before blooming, which is usually mid-summer. 

  1. Peel the stalks to remove the “hearts”.
  2. Choose the bottom white part of the “hearts”. 
  3. Cut the “hearts” into 1 cm-long rings. 


Place tomato, avocado, apple cider vinegar, spinach, and Himalayan salt into a blender. 

Blend until smooth.


In a bowl, mix soaked forbidden rice, cattail “hearts”, and dressing. 

Sprinkle with oregano if you love it. 

Garnish with fresh spinach.  

For more recipes and information on the challenges of the raw food diet, go to: https://liveonalive.com

Margarita Ivaniuk

Health-related field started to interest me in the early childhood. In 2012, I began eating almost exclusively (about 95%) raw foods. With all the wonderful side effects such as losing the majority of unwanted pounds, increased endurance in running, the skin condition that I battled for so long vanished.I have lived in Calgary, Alberta for the past 14 years.

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