Lettuce pray. Carrot Ginger Dressing

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Couture Lettuce Dress with cinched cucumber waist by yours truly


In 2009 I embarked upon my first ever  fast, a 21 day Daniel Fast.  Beginning last year I increased my commitment and sacrifice to a full 40 day journey, and words can never truly express how much my life has been enriched.  Annually I perform the ritual of “Spring Cleaning” my entire home including both my wardrobe and shoe closets.  The Daniel Fast is a personal spiritual spring cleaning of sorts for my, mind, body and soul.  This is the time during lent season where I journey towards a stronger and more intimate relationship with my almighty Top Chef.

My very first Daniel Fast was probably one of the most challenging feats I’ve ever accomplished.  I remember standing in Publix, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market grocery store aisles on different occasions with a roaring tummy staring at one ingredient label after another frustrated by that “one” little ingredient (usually sugar, pectin, or yeast) that ultimately prohibited my purchase of a particular product.  I of course didn’t give up but often found myself cooking and eating the same foods over and over again until I discovered two blogs that became my Daniel Fast angels, Ultimate Daniel Fast (formally Those Who Hunger) and Daniels Fast. These two sites complete with yummy recipes have both been a fantastic Daniel Fast resource and inspiration.

Last year while planning for the Daniel Fast it dawned on me how blessed I am to actually own a library of awesome cookbooks and an archive of food magazines.  I figured this would be an excellent time to  make great use of them.  So I began experimenting with some of my favorite recipes from the collection by substituting olive oil for butter and by simply eliminating cheeeeeese, sugar, meat or seafood from the ingredient list.  To my surprise, most of the recipes maintained their deliciousness.  It  was a beautiful thing!  Though it was certainly still a big sacrifice for me as I totally missed the dairy (especially my scrambled eggs with gouda cheese) sugar, and that thick sliced applewood smoked bacon, it felt so natural.  No more cabbage, salads and popcorn everyday.  I was now fine dining at home enjoying fabulous “gourmet” Daniel Fast meals occasionally paired with a nice chilled bottle of  bubbly….Perrier Sparkling Water that is.  The table had been set.  Thanks to my blogger angels (Kristen Feola & Susan Gregory), various cookbooks and archive of  magazine recipes from Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Gourmet, I had discovered Daniel Fast food heaven.

The restrictive Daniel Fast  food list can certainly be intimidating, however with prayer, ruthless commitment and proper meal planning, it can be a fun, rewarding and blessed  experience.  In the middle of my Daniel Fast Journey last year I had an epiphany…What if I inspired and  served others by sharing some of the meals I enjoy during my forty day fast?  After considerable prayer and meditation about this new vision planted within me, I realized despite my crazy life and hectic track and football schedule, this was yet another assignment God  expected me to complete.  I’ve been doing my homework ever since.

I’d planned to launch this collection simultaneously with the start of my 2011 Daniel Fast on March 8th but as the saying goes “better late than never.”

So without further ado I introduce to you The 2011 Daniel Fast Collection

My original plans for the this post were to tell you all about my first visit to the really cool Yellow Green Farmer’s Market here in South Florida but I will save that for another time (with one amazing exception….you will see in a second)

For the past couple of weeks my heart has been heavy and aching for Japan.  I can’t stop thinking about the many lives lost and impacted.  There are certainly other things going on here and in the rest of the world but in this my first post for the Daniel fast Collection I have one humble request….

Let us pray. For the people of Japan.

(You can help too. Please see my Tasting Notes below)


Now about the the amazing exception. The Yellow Green Farmer’s Market is South Florida’s largest market with over 300 booth spaces in a 100,000 square foot facility under a roof.  While visiting after church one Sunday a few weeks ago, after meeting a super talented artist, and a cool italian chef, just as I was making my way towards the exit I literally stumbled into a “station.”  It wasn’t a radio station.  Nor was it a gas station but there was certainly a buzz and a long line inside with people “filling up” beautiful decanters or containers with flavors and varieties of their choice.  These weren’t regular ole flavors either.  Flavors and varieties of what?.. you might ask.  Olives and olive oil.  I had just discovered The Olive Station.  Boasting over 35 flavors of olive oil and an extensive selection of olives.  So Which olive oil did I fill up my lovely decanter with?  Ginger infused.  A beautiful material I would use to tailor the Daniel Fast Carrot Ginger Dressing.

the olive station…

















lemon, curry, or anise olive oil anyone?

olives and more olives….

olive oil sample bar…

app-letail recipe: iphone4, DigitalFocus

the olive station family









Daniel Fast accessories: Bible, Jentezen Franklin Fasting Journal & Salad

it was soooo good!

Daniel Fast Lettuce Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing

Alterations made to dressing recipe from Gourmet | January 2006


Size:  Serves 6

Sushi is on my “top 5” list of foods I miss most when I’m fasting.  Without fail, a salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing typically accompanies my hamachi or spicy rock shrimp tempura. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving this carrot ginger dressing every day of your fast.


3 medium carrots peeled and roughly chopped

¼ cup peeled  and roughly chopped fresh ginger

¼ cup peeled and roughly chopped shallots

¼ cup Brown Rice vinegar

1 teasponn Braggs Liquid Aminos

1 tablespoon asian sesame oil

2 tablespoon sweet white miso paste

1 tablespoon orange juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

½ cup Ginger olive oil (can substitute regular olive oil or any other neutral oil)

¼ cup water


1 small head of lettuce or mixed greens of your choice

1 small cucumber thinly sliced

1 pint grape tomatoes

¼ cup diced red onion

1/3 cup peeled and  grated carrot

Fresh ground pepper


Look for  Bragg’s Liquid Aminos and Brown Rice vinegar  in Publix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or other natural food stores.


Pulse carrots in food processor until finely ground.

Scrape down the sides. Add chopped ginger, chopped shallots, brown rice vinegar, liquid aminos, sesame oil, sweet miso paste, orange juice and salt.  Pulse until ginger and shallots are finely ground.  Mixture should be smooth.

With food processor running, slowly drizzle in olive oil in a slow stream.  Add water and blend until mixture is smooth.  Additional water can be added if you prefer a thinner dressing.

DESIGNER’S NOTES: Dressing can be covered and chilled for up to 7 days.


Divide the lettuce among six plates, top each plate with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and carrot.  Drizzle with nice amount of dressing.  Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper.

DRINK PAIRING: Perrier Sparkling Water

TASTING NOTES:  Justin Bieber, Pray | Various Artist, Songs For Japan*

*Downloading the Songs For Japan itunes compilation is a great way to help a great cause.  Justin Bieber and the rest of the artist have waived their royalties.  100% of the proceeds will go towards the Red Cross efforts to help rebuild Japan.





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4 responses to “Lettuce pray. Carrot Ginger Dressing”

  1. Natalie says:

    Great Article…That Olive Bar sounds very impressive and yummy all in one! Great photos and the “dress” is absolutely adorable and unique.. Can’t wait to try the ginger dressing.. Keep up the good work!

  2. hoatecouture says:

    Thank you so much Nat. You are going to love the dressing. You don’t even miss the soy sauce. Bragg’s liquid aminos is a great substitute.

  3. Leah says:

    OMG! and I mean that in the most reverent and respectful way… This was such a great read and the pictures are captivating. I can’t wait to visit The Yellow Green Farmer’s market when I make it back to South Florida! All the ingredients for the Carrot Ginger Dressing are on this week’s grocery list!

    • hoatecouture says:

      Leah thanks for the compliment. You will definitely enjoy the Yellow Green Farmer’s market. You will certainly have to stop by enroute to Cupcake Couture Sweet Boutique:)

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