Colorful Cabbage Salad

As evidenced by the years of food photography on my blog, I think it’s safe to say that I’m a pretty big fan of color! Actually, I love color in all aspects of life — in my decorating, in gardening, in my cubicle (yes, I’m the only one at work who covered my gray cubicle walls in bright green fabric!), and of course, in my cooking.  :)

But of course in cooking, color also usually translates to extra nutrients!  So when I saw this recipe for “Purple Cabbage Salad with Edamame, Golden Raisins, & Smoked Almonds” in a recent issue of Vegetarian Times, I knew it was calling my name.  Sure enough, all of those delicious fresh veggies, plus the sweet fresh pineapple and crunchy smoked almonds (my favorite!) balanced each other perfectly.  And I loved the simple, fresh honey-lime sauce on top.  Definitely a wonderfully delicious and light (no cooking oils needed!) salad recipe that tastes as good as it looks!  :)

So if you need an extra dose of color in your life, I totally recommend giving this one a try!

Colorful Cabbage Salad Recipe
(Adapted from Vegetarian Times)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup smoked almonds, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about one juicy lime)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp. chile-garlic sauce (optional)

Method:

Boil or steam edamame for about 10 minutes until cooked through. Drain and run under cold water to cool.

In the meantime, whisk together the honey, lime, and chili-garlic sauce until well-blended.

Prepare vegetables, and then mix together in a large bowl (adding in the edamame), and toss with the lime sauce.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ali’s Tip:

Feel free to experiment with other dressings and/or herbs in this one.  I loved the burst of fresh mint, but imagine a cilantro twist would be excellent with this too!

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Comments

  1. George — April 20, 2011 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Great photo. I really like the background with the red cabbage.

  2. A-Man — April 20, 2011 @ 2:44 pm (#)

    nice colors. nice photo..

  3. natalie (the sweets life) — April 21, 2011 @ 9:48 am (#)

    such a great flavor combination!!!

    and I love that you colored your cube walls :)