Crunchy, a little savory, a little sour, and a little sweet!
I love a salad with lots of interest! A salad that serves as a meal needs to have a lot going for it in my book – color, texture, a variety of flavors, and a good balance of sweet, salty, sour, and savory, with perhaps a little bitter thrown in to make it interesting!
I am in love with some beautiful lavender colored Napa cabbage I find at a local farm stand. It is tender and sweet, and it’s full of nutrients. To this I added a bitter element, just a bit of Belgian endive (chicory) to make it a little more interesting. A thinly sliced sweet onion provided some pungency.
A little more crunch
Of course, I needed both chewy and a crunchy elements (even more crunchy than the cabbage), so dried cranberries and nuts came to the rescue! And for a fresh, vibrant pop of flavor and texture, a beautiful fresh of the season apple!
I wanted the dressing to be as delightful as the salad elements, and because I have my new stash of local fresh ginger, that was my starting point! Lime, garlic, and a bit of maple syrup livened this up!
Put the salad ingredients together ahead of time, but don’t dress until you are ready to serve. This is a cabbage salad that does not keep well because of the tenderness of the Napa leaves, so only make what you’ll eat for the meal.
Napa Cabbage Salad with Ginger Lime Dressing
- 1 head Napa cabbage
- ½ purple onion, sliced thinly
- 1 apple, diced
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- 1” knob ginger, finely grated
- 1 clove garlic, finely grated
- Zest of one lime, finely grated
- 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice (1 juicy or 2 stingy limes)
- 1 tbsp. maple syrup
- Salt and pepper
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Mix together all the vegetables, cranberries, and nuts in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, or canning jar, combine the dressing ingredients and whisk, or shake, well to combine. I always use the canning jar because it does a great job!
If you make this ahead of time, put the apples in with the dressing (to keep from discoloring) but don’t mix it all together until you are ready to eat.
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