Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Favorites: Five Favorite Salads with Cabbage

I'm crazy for this Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts.
I love, love, love cabbage, so I'm thrilled it's one of those cruciferous vegetables that everyone should be eating regularly.  I especially like raw cabbage in salads, both for the crunch and the slightly sweet flavor, and through the years cabbage salads have been showing up regularly on the blog.  Truth is, I hard a hard time narrowing this list down to only five salads to feature for Friday Favorites, but after spending some time clicking around the long list of Cabbage Salads in the recipe archives, these five were the ones that made the cut.  (If your personal favorite cabbage salad didn't make the list, I'd love to hear in the comments about which one you like best.)

I love every kind of cabbage, so one thing I like about the Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts shown above is that it has both napa and red cabbage.  This recipe has a slightly-spicy dressing that can be made with tahini, almond butter, or peanut butter, and you can use cilantro, mint, or basil for the fresh herbs, so it's is easy to adapt this one to individual tastes.

If I had to pick just one all-time favorite cabbage salad recipe, it would have to be this Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro. Since I posted this in 2008 I wouldn't be surprised if I've made it more than 50 times! 

Another cabbage salad I've made over and over is this Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw.  The flavors in this one are quite different than the Spicy Mexican Slaw, with an Asian dressing that includes rice vinegar, agave nectar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and just a touch of spicy Sriracha sauce.

I like Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onion and Parsley for the unique way it combines cabbage with a generous amount of chopped parsley, which is a combination you don't see that often in a slaw recipe.  I used white balsamic vinegar in this, which really gave it a great flavor, but you can also make it with regular white vinegar.

Sometimes you make a recipe that quickly becomes a favorite, and that's already happened with this Puerto-Rican inspired Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery that I posted earlier this month.  I made it recently when three cabbage lovers came for dinner, and they agreed it was a keeper!

Happy Friday everyone!  If you're looking for things to cook on the weekend, you can visit the category of Recipe Favorites to see more individual recipes I've picked as favorites as well as other lists of Friday Favorites I've featured.
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31 comments:

  1. I started eating cabbage salads after I tried your one with the spicy cilantro dressing. My sister shared one of her favorite recipes with me recently. She calls it her "red" salad: red cabbage, beets and pistachios, dressed simply with olive oil and lemon juice. So good! I've been eating it for the past 3 days.

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  2. I love the sound of that, and especially the addition of pistachios!

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  3. These sound so good! I love the variations and can't wait to try them. I usually just do the Asian flavor w napa cabbage, so this is exciting! thx for sharing!

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  4. I must try this last one, sounds intriguing :)

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  5. Margot, I loved it! (Especially the use of celery leaves in the salad.)

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  6. They all sound good, especially the spicy version. We love cabbage and I'll try it.

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  7. Whenever I read "cilantro", I automatically substitute something else (parsley, mint, basil), and I love that these salads are so varied and flexible that they'll be delicious no matter which herb I use.

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  8. I love raw cabbage in salads.... you just can't get that crunch from any other green! They all look delicious but I have to say, the first one with the peanuts is really calling my name;)

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  9. Pam, there's something about spicy+cabbage that just works!

    Lydia, I even think of you now when I'm suggesting other options!

    Dani, it was so good, hope you try it!

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  10. Beautiful shots!! I want to eat each salad right now :). Very informative and thanks!

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  11. My favorites are the Spicy Mexican and the Puerto Rican one. Love those. I need to try the one with cilantro and peanuts as it sounds delish!

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  12. Perfect timing. I have a head of cabbage in the fridge that I bought a couple of weeks ago for something, and ended up not using!

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  13. Debbie, thanks.

    Priddycy, I love both of those!

    Pam, good; hope you will try one of them.

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  14. Kalyn, these cabbage salads all look delicious! Cabbage is so good for you, and I've found using them in salads are really kid-friendly. I love using cabbage salad as a topping to tacos.

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  15. They are all stunningly beautiful! Which will I try first ... ?

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  16. yum! these look very healthy and delicious! especially the 1st one it looks very eye catchy!!

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  17. These look awesome. Springtime is almost here... these look like the perfect recipes!
    Another friday's favorite for sure :-)

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  18. Thank you Jeanette, Ana, Paty M., and Sandi. I'm smiling to know that other people share my love of cabbage. And love the idea of using it on tacos!

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  19. I love cabbage with a little oil and salt and pepper. Thanks for even more ways to enjoy for raw cabbage!

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  20. personally I love the last one becaused of it`s colourfull :) I need such colourful meals during chilly winter so I`d really like to try your salad :) I don`t like winter at all and now I`m thinking of making some summery salad tomorrow :)

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  21. Cabbage salad lovers unite! Should we call ourselves cabbageheads? ;)

    One of the things I love most about your blog is that you post so many great salad recipes. Thanks for the mouthwatering reminder that I've been wanting to make several of these!

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  22. I'm going to have a difficult time figuring out which of these recipes to make with today's lunch. I love cabbage salads especially this time of year when other "greens" are so expensive...and cabbage is a good value.

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  23. Stacey, I'm not sure I've sauteed cabbage like that, but it does sound just delicious!

    Paula, I am in complete agreement with you about the dislike of winter!

    Susan, cabbageheads it is! (I have always been a salad lover, long before I was a food blogger.)

    Jane, I agree; just one more reason to love cabbage.

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  24. I made the Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw this weekend and served it with lamb sandwiches what a great contrast, the full flavored lamb and the nice fresh slaw. It was a hit. I just finish a bowl of the slaw for lunch. I used the Virginia Peanuts from Costco which I absolutely love. You've got me inspired to try the other recipes I've got cabbage on the shopping list.

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  25. I made the Spicy Cilantro Peanut Slaw this weekend and served it with lamb sandwiches. The fresh spicy flavor of the slaw was a nice contrast to the hearty lamb. I used Virginia peanuts from Costco that I absolutely love. I just finish the last of the slaw for lunch. You've inspired me and now I've got cabbage on my shopping list. I do want to get some napa cabbage this time too.

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  26. We had this last night and all I can say is... YUMMY! We are not fans of cilantro so I substituted basil.

    I added some grilled chicken on top and presto... dinner.

    I wish I was your neighbor so you would invite me over for dinner. :-)

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  27. Jenny, not sure which one you made, but I'm thinking maybe the top one? The funny thing about you wishing you were my neighbor is that is that my neighbors on both sides just moved (on the same day - I'm trying not to take it personally!)

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  28. I have two bags of cole slaw from the Food Co-Op in my freezer that I didn't know what to do with and now I do! Thanks for being such a good resource!

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  29. Becky, you're welcome and enjoy!

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  30. Okay, so I am a bit cuckoo here. Looks like I replied to two comments yesterday but didn't publish the comments. Luckily this morning Blogger "reminded" me that the comments were still there by showing them on my dashboard. Never thought I would like the way Blogger inserts the comment at the time it came in, but this time I do!

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