Citrus Cabbage Salad or Salsa
I’m always on the lookout for different salads and for new ways to serve vegetables. This past summer I was at a church potluck when I had my first encounter with this salad. I was struck by the flavor combinations: the cabbage mingling with the lime and orange and then dancing with jalapeño and cilantro. Yum! I had to find out who made this. So I found the creator and with the permission of my friend’s mom (thank you Grandma Beverly), I get to share it with you today.
This raw, vegan citrus cabbage salad is a complement to a variety of meals. It especially works well with Mexican. Or you could add a can of rinsed black, pinto, or red beans to make it a main dish. Or you can cut the cabbage finely and serve it as a salsa. Or…you decide.
I love using cabbage in salads. Cabbage is great not only because it’s frugal, crunchy, is a good source of fiber and is cruciferous (and most of us need more cruciferous veggies in our life, right?), but it also holds its shape really well if you prep it a few days beforehand (even drenched with the citrus juices-I would just leave off the tomatoes if you prep it early). Love it!
And I LOVE that the dressing is just the juice of two limes and two oranges with a sprinkle of sugar. I like to use coconut sugar because it is a bit healthier than table sugar since it has a lower fructose content (source). If you don’t want it spicy, omit the jalapeño.
Have you tried the Sesame Ginger Cabbage Salad?