Cabbage in my opinion is an underdog among the other veggies. For such a powerhouse I don’t seem to see its popularity. I’m even thinking of a billboard that would say something like “I may not be as popular as my cousin Kale but I’m also very nutritious so I’m hoping you’ll get to know me more.”
This may sound cheesy and I’m sure our good friend Marvin who is an art director can come up with a better line than that but you know what I’m getting at.
I’m not sure what your experiences or memories are about this vegetable. If they’re not positive, I hope you can be open and try one more time.
And so here’s my take on cabbage salad… trying to promote our cruciferous, vitamin packed, cancer fighting, antioxidant giver friend and hopefully get more fans.
“Fall Slaw” With Sesame, Lime and Ginger Dressing
3 c. green cabbage finely sliced
2 c. purple cabbage, finely sliced
3 medium sized carrots, julienned
1 parsnip, julienned
1 organic Fuji apple, sliced in thin wedges
1/4 c. green onions, cut into thin slices
1/4 c. unhulled sesame seed
3 Tbsp. organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. organic roasted sesame seed oil
juice of 1 lime, approximately 1/4 c.
1 Tbsp. organic unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. braggs liquid aminos
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. grated ginger
1. In a skillet or toaster oven, lightly roast the sesame seeds for about 2 minutes making sure to watch closely as they can burn quickly.
2. In a big salad or mixing bowl, combine all the salad ingredients except the green onions, apples and sesame seeds.
3. Place the ingredients for the dressing in small jar and with the lid tight, shake well to incorporate.
4. Pour the dressing into the cabbage mixture and toss well. Adjust the taste. It’s a good idea to let the salad sit for 15 minutes in order for the dressing to be absorbed.
5. Just before serving, garnish with green onions, add the apples and sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!
Suggestions: For a variation, the tahini dressing which was posted earlier can also be used if you desire a creamy dressing. For another twist, omit the apples and add wakame seaweed using the lime dressing.