I hadn’t planned on doing any more Thanksgiving side dishes for the blog because there are so many fantastic recipes out there at the moment but I had this cabbage salad tucked away and it occurred to me that it would make a nice addition to the table. Most of us have turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes and so many other heavy dishes along with the rich desserts and I think it’s important to include something light, crunchy and refreshing amongst all of that.
There are certain members in the family that always ask the question, “What weird dish is Robyn going to bring this year?” when holidays roll around and this year will be no exception. Well, I’d hate to disappoint so they’re going to be eating this quirky, little cabbage salad.
I made this one day because I wanted something cleansing and energizing. You know I love a little ‘bite’ in my meals so this combination of ingredients seemed to be just perfect. Now looking at these, you would wonder – what was she thinking? I have to admit, I wondered the same thing but I persevered and a great salad was born! I also added apple which you don’t see there and it seemed to tie everything together. Apple and cabbage together create such a invigorating flavor and next time I’ll add some sesame seeds, too.
This salad is great raw, with a little lemon juice or with the dressing below. There are so many cabbage salads on Thanksgiving dinner tables that are drowning in mayo so you must promise me not to do that with this one! It will ruin all that healthy goodness and the taste as well. Cheers!
Do you make quirky or unusual dishes?
Does your family comment on your cooking in a good way or bad way?
Which side dishes do you serve at Thanksgiving?
I’d love to do a Thanksgiving roundup of readers’ recipes and it would be fabulous if you’d send in your pics!
I’ll be sharing this recipe with these fabulous bloggers.
Update: I was so thrilled to get this picture from the mother/daughter team of Debbie and Stephanie the day after Thanksgiving. They made this recipe and report that they really enjoyed it. Thanks so much, beautiful Ladies! You truly made my week! They each have their own lovely blogs and you can visit by clicking on their names.
- 1/2 red cabbage, cut into thin strips
- 3 spring onions, chopped, white part only
- 1/2 bunch of red grapes, washed
- 1 apple (I used Granny Smith), chopped. (peel if it’s not organic)
- 1 cup of pineapple, chopped
- 1.5 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- teaspoon raw honey
- a pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well.
- Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well.
- Serve salad raw or with a splash of lemon juice or drizzle with dressing.