Friday, September 12, 2008

Cabbage Salad with Edamame and Cucumber

I just love how recipes can take on a life of their own. I originally set out to make this salad that I saw on 101 Cookbooks, but I realized I didn't have a few of the ingredients so I just threw in things that I already had, continuing the theme of cleaning out my fridge and pantry. I think this is the perfect kind of food to have me bathing suit ready for when I go to HAWAII for Christmas...Clearly I am a *little* excited about the trip. I have never been!! There was a lot of green going on in the salad and as I was cleaning up, I realized I needed to use some of the 20 pounds of oranges I got at the farmers market. Ok, it was only 5 pounds, but it felt like 20 on the walk home. I also had a few golden raspberries left that I used for garnish. This was so many different kinds of good with sweetness and crunchiness and tartness and yuminess...ok, enough with the "ness" words. This was awesome!

Cabbage Salad with Edamame and Cucumber

For the dressing (approximate measurements because I ended up tweaking to my taste):
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 or 2 splashes toasted sesame oil
Kosher salt

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, agave nectar, and sesame oil. Mix in the shallots and red pepper flakes. Season with salt. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

For the salad:
1/2 medium head green cabbage, shredded
1 cup frozen, shelled edamame
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup slivered toasted almonds
Golden raspberries (optional)
Orange segments (optional)

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the edamame and cook or about 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl mix together the cabbage, edamame, green onions, and almonds. Toss with the dressing and serve chilled. Garnish with orange segments or other fruit if desired.

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CECIL said...

Mhmmh...edamame is delicious! And I love oranges in salad.

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Leslie said...

ohhhh..HAWAII..I am so very jealous!!!Your salad looks extra yummy

vanillasugarblog said...

Christmas in Hawaii? Hmmm? Lucky you. The waters are breathtaking there (so is the food).
I love that you put oranges in the salad.

Unknown said...

Esi, CONGRATULATIONS!!! You won an FFF Award. I am so happy for you. You deserve it my foodie friend. Oh, and l your salad. It looks absolutely delicious.

Helene said...

Salad or mac and cheese...hmmmhmmm....both please!! This looks as awesome as the mac'n cheese!!

Alicia Foodycat said...

So healthy! And yet delicious - a great trick if you can do it.

Anonymous said...

I love making things from what I have on hand -- your changes were perfect. I can imagine the sweet/crunchiness of this and know it is something that I'd love. Hawaii for the holidays? What a great thing to look forward to!

Erica said...

I'm with Cecil- Edamame really is sooo delicious! Looks like you ended up with a fabulous take on the recipe! I am also super jealous about Hawaii for Christmas. My family lived near San Francisco when I was young and we went to Hawaii for one Christmas. It was a fabulous trip! Who needs white snow when you have white sand?

Prudy said...

OOh, I love the addition of fruit with the cabbage. Yummy!

Meg said...

What a wonderful recipe!
I love all the colors.

Unknown said...

that looks awesome!! I just had some fun with cabbage, too :) And can I come along in your suitcase?? Never been there, but I'm jealous!!