|Even in the winter when you have to buy the mint, this Thai-Style Cabbage Slaw is worth the splurge!|
Mint is something I have in abundance in the summer, and it's so prolific that I'm glad I have a garden bed divided into thirds so the mint is contained. Maybe it's because I have so much free mint in the summer, but I have a hard time buying mint at the grocery store, and I saved this recipe for Thai-Style Cabbage Slaw months ago, thinking I would try it in the summer when I had mint begging to be used. Then every time I looked through recipes I had saved, this one was calling to me, until finally I paid a ridiculous price for mint at the store and tried it. This was another of those recipes where Jake and I were absolutely raving the entire time we devoured four servings of this (and we had eaten lunch about 30 minutes earlier!) If you like Thai flavors, I'm guessing this salad might become one of your year-round favorites, even if you have to remember to buy mint!
As I pledged to do when the year started, I've been doing Phase One off and on for the last couple of months, and when I'm trying to stick with Phase One, cabbage salads are one of my favorite things to eat. Maybe it's my personal variation of the cabbage soup diet, but I can eat raw cabbage over and over without getting tired of it. I'm happy to report that I'm back in my jeans, (although not quite into my skinny jeans yet!) If you're looking for Phase One recipes that won't make you feel deprived, I highly recommend this salad, and look after the recipe for some of my other Phase One salad favorites.
The dressing for this salad had just lime juice, fish sauce, sugar (or Splenda, which is what used) and red chile flakes.
You can use either color of finely-shredded cabbage, but we made a mix with more red than green, which made the salad pretty.
Toss the red and green cabbage together with the dressing. Then let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or at least as long as it takes you to chop the other ingredients.
We increased the amount of peanuts, which didn't seem too extravagant, since the rest of the salad was so low in calories.
(Makes about 4 servings, but recipe can easily be doubled; adapted slightly from Thai-Style Cabbage Slaw in Sunset Magazine Easy Party Food. (I could not find the recipe online.)
1 1/2 T lime juice
1 T fish sauce (I like Three Crabs Fish Sauce)
2 tsp. Splenda, granulated Stevia, or sugar (use Splenda or Stevia for South Beach Diet)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. dried red chile flakes
3-4 cups thinly sliced and chopped red and/or green cabbage (we used more red than green, which made a pretty salad)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped salted peanuts (or more)
Stir together the lime juice, fish sauce, sweetener of your choice, and red chili flakes to make the dressing. (You might start with the smaller amount of chile flakes and taste on your finger to see if you want more heat.)
Thinly slice and chop enough red and green cabbage to make 3-4 cups of sliced cabbage. Put the cabbage in medium-sized bowl and toss with the dressing. Let the cabbage marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
Slice the green onions. Wash and spin dry the mint leaves and cilantro, using a salad spinner or drying with paper towels, then chop enough to make 1/2 cup each chopped mint and cilantro. Coarsely chop peanuts with a chef's knife.
Add the green onion, chopped mint, chopped cilantro, and most of the peanuts to the cabbage and toss to combine. Serve right away, sprinkling a few peanuts on each serving of salad.
We ate this all so I didn't get to see how it would keep in the fridge, but I am guessing it would be best freshly made.
South Beach Suggestions:
Cabbage is a wonderful low-glycemic ingredient, and as long as you use Splenda or Stevia in the dressing, everything in this salad is approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet.
More Phase One Cabbage Salads Kalyn is Crazy About:
Spicy Lime Coleslaw
Spicy Cilantro-Peanut Slaw
Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro
Napa Cabbage and Red Cabbage Salad with Fresh Herbs and Peanuts
Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery (Puerto Rican Cabbage Salad)
Cabbage Salads from Other Blogs:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Ottolenghi's Cabbage and Kohlrabi Salad from The Taste Space
Red Cabbage Salad with Walnuts, Raisins, Feta, and Warm Mustard Dressing from The Perfect Pantry
Coleslaw with Wasabi Dressing from David Lebovitz
Asian Cabbage Salad from Andrea Meyers
Quick Pear and Cabbage Slaw from Brooklyn Supper
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)