When you're tired of holiday sweets and rich foods, this Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios will perk up your tastebuds. This salad is delightfully crunchy, with holiday colors and unexpected flavors.
I might be the only one who does it, but when there's a big buffet of holiday foods, I'll head for the salads first, and I'm always hoping there will be a delicious salad to help keep me away from at least some of the sweets and rich holiday foods. And this Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios would be a good candidate for healthy salad duty at your next holiday party.
When Kara and I set out to create a new holiday salad, we got the inspiration to combine cabbage, apple, and kale from Cabbage and Apple Salad in Bon Appetit. But our salad definitely took off in a different direction with a sweeter dressing and the addition of dried cranberries and pistachios. And really the possibilities are endless for this salad with cabbage, apples, and kale; this could even be a main meal salad with chunks of an interesting cheese like Manchego or Swiss. Use your favorite winter fruit and nut combination and I promise this salad will be a hit!
I'm serving up this Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios for a Meatless Monday idea for December. Check out my Meatless Monday Pinterest Board for even more good ideas for meals minus the meat.
Peel and chop the apples and toss with 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Shred cabbage into short thin strips. (We used a mandoline slicer.) Pull stems off the baby kale if desired and wash in the salad spinner (if needed). Whisk together dressing ingredients.
Put cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the dressing; then add the apples and kale and toss again. Add most of the dried cranberries and pistachios and toss once more.
Cabbage, Apple, and Kale Salad with Cranberries and Pistachios
(Makes 6-8 servings; inspired by Cabbage and Apple Salad in Bon Appetit Magazine.)
2/3 head cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped into short strips
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
3-5 oz. baby kale, stems removed and washed if needed
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup shelled pistachos
3 T olive oil
2 T white balsamic vinegar (or use rice vinegar or another mild white vinegar if you don't have white balsamic)
1 T lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice)
4 tsp. agave nectar
pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp. black sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Peel the apple and cut away the core. (I used an apple cutter for this.) Cut the apple into slices lengthwise; then chop the slices into chunks. Slice the cabbage into thin slices, then chop to make short strips. (We used a mandoline slicer to cut the cabbage.) Pull off stems from the baby kale (or not; your choice) and wash kale in salad spinner if it needs it.
Whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, agave nectar, salt, pepper, and black sesame seeds (or poppy seeds) to make the dressing. Put the sliced and chopped cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the chopped apples and baby kale and toss again. Then add most of the dried cranberries and pistachios and toss again. Put the salad into a serving bowl and top with the reserved dried cranberries and pistachios. Serve right away.
I think there are endless variations of dried fruit and nuts that would be good in this salad; have fun experimenting!
South Beach Diet:
Even though this salad has a lot of healthy cabbage, apples, and kale, there is sugar in the apples, agave nectar, and dried cranberries, so if you're following the South Beach Diet this salad would probably be limited to phase 3 or as an occasional treat for phase 2. If you wanted a salad with less carbs, you could replace the agave with an approved sweetener and omit the dried cranberries.
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