Pretty Poppy Seed and Strawberry Coleslaw


There are days where I just feel… unpretty.

Days when my clothes are too tight, my hair has a mind of its own, and a ginormous zit has taken up camp on the middle of my chin.

Days where I feel awkward, unattractive, and anything but fiercely feminine.

Where all I want to do is lounge around in sweat pants eating ice cream, watching movies and shutting out the world.

But the zero motivation, down on myself thing just wasn’t working for me. It’s just so… depressing.

Over the last 5 months (thanks to The Desire Map), I’ve learned that I can change any negative feeling into a positive one by just switching my perspective. That little nugget of truth was enough to empower me to get on the train of self love and punch that unpretty feeling out of my life for good.

And this is how I do it…

Poppyseed Strawberry Coleslaw (61)

How to Feel Pretty

Write a list of the things that make you feel pretty. For me it’s – flowers, walks along the water, hot yoga, being outside, pedicures, wearing a fancy dress, ordering room service, meditation, cooking, baking, writing, running…

When you’re having an unpretty day, go to your list, pick an activity, and do it. No questions. Drop everything; because let’s face it, when you’re feeling particularly crappy about yourself, how much work actually gets done?

Sunday was a particularly unpretty day for me. So, I called the spa, booked a pedicure and dropped by, post-haste. Then, when I got home, I made this gloriously pretty salad, parked myself outside on our patio with my pretty feet and my pretty salad and felt… gorgeous, radiant, pretty from head to toe.

Poppyseed Strawberry Coleslaw (13)

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Pretty Poppy Seed and Strawberry Coleslaw
Recipe type: Vegan (option), Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free (option), Egg-free (option)
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Serves: 4
Creamy and light coleslaw made with fresh strawberries, grapes and homemade creamy poppy seed dressing.
  • 1 large head of savoy cabbage, sliced thin
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 1 cup red grapes, halved
  • 5 strawberries, sliced thin
  • 2 red shallots, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing:
  1. Add all coleslaw ingredients to a large bowl. Toss to combine well.
  2. In a small blender, add all dressing ingredients except poppy seeds. Blend until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds and pour the dressing over the salad.
  3. Toss to coat and allow to sit in the fridge, covered, for 1 hour. Or serve right then and there. It's good either way!
  4. Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To make vegan, replace honey with coconut nectar and mayonnaise with egg-free mayonnaise.
To make nut-free, replace slivered almonds with an equal amount of seeds.
To make egg-free, use egg-free mayonnaise.

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Chop up everything and add it all to a very large bowl. This recipe makes a lot of salad!


I asked on Facebook, “What makes you feel pretty?” You said:

“Drawing a happy face on my cheek with chocolate frosting.” “Dressing up and going on a date with my husband.” “Dancing!” “Living in accordance with my values.” “God’s love.” “Getting my hair done and my 4 year old son saying “mommy you look beautiful”!” “Big hugs xx” “A nice long shower after an amazing workout!!” “Being kind to others.” “Avoiding mirrors and letting my heart shine instead.” “My husband!” “Singing.” “Being a women of character when no one is looking.” “Great eye makeup!” “Eating healthy.” “Skirts.” “A great dress!” “Anything lavender-scented! I’m like a crackhead, sniffing all over myself.” “A long sleep, a long shower, matching underwear, a nice dress and a little bit of lip gloss and the way my husband looks at me after all of that!” “Smiling and laughing with friends.” “Bling.” “Pedicures.”
“Being healthy makes me feel great and self care makes me feel pretty.” “New underwear, a cute outfit and feeling happy and confident!”

Now I want to hear from YOU…

What negative feelings do just not want to feel anymore?

What thoughts/actions/practice could you follow to remove that feeling from your life for good?

Make a declaration. Let’s get all up and purposeful in here!

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  1. I made the salad and it was delicious. I can only imagine how great this is for your body. The garlic and the spices in the mustard really worked my sinuses!

  2. This week I had a doctor appointment. I walked in and she said, “Oh, you look pretty today.” I wondered why she said that because, after all, she had seen me just weeks before – I think wearing the exact same outfit. However, I didn’t put two and two together until I was making this Pretty Strawberry Coleslaw with Poppy Seed Dressing for the third time this week since you published it, and it didn’t even hit me until I was shredding the cabbage! Could it BE? Does this salad really MAKE you pretty? Or just FEEL pretty?

    Well, usually I don’t even bother to think about whether I’m pretty or not. Maybe because after all these years of not FEELing pretty, I believed I am NOT pretty?

    Well, I personally am just going to keep eating these pretty foods because maybe, who knows, they really do MAKE you pretty!

    Need I even mention that this salad is wonderful to eat, too? Even if you do accidentally grab a package of shredded iceberg lettuce instead of pre-shredded cabbage (because the store didn’t receive their delivery of cabbage the day I was there).

    • Oh, and I might mention that because the store still didn’t have cabbage the next time I made it, I just used finely sliced kale. Still scrumptious!

      • Oh – and one more very important thing! While you are FEELing pretty, just be sure that after you eat this salad you get all the poppy seeds out from between your teeth before you smile at everyone!

        • Bahahaha good one.

          I’m so happy that you enjoyed this salad, and that your doctor commented on how radiant you are. How awesome!

  3. I feel pretty having my eyebrows threaded! I was relying on good, old-fashioned plucking during our 3-month vacation (and sort of sucking at it), so it felt SO GOOD to have them professionally shaped and taken care of again when we got back home. SO GOOD!!

  4. Just got a pedi myself – as did my husband! Such a relaxing thing we like to do together (although he was initially apprehensive since our salon is in the mall…but once he tried it, he was HOOKED!) The salad also looks yummy and FULL of things I love, love, love!

    Now…onto the declarations you wanted to hear about. I am tired of feeling like crap all the time. I DO NOT want to feel that way anymore, and I DO NOT want to have to take pill after pill after pill to try to feel better. Bring on the healthier eating habits and exercise that’s GOOD for me, not just doing those things because they’re popular or trendy. I am also loving Danielle LaPorte and just ordered her book. I’m hoping that will not only help me get rid of the negative mindset that sometimes creeps up on me, but also the negative PEOPLE that keep working their way into my life.