Cabbage, lime and peanut salad – the prettiest salad

18 Mar

Cabbage, lime and peanut saladIs this not the prettiest salad you have ever seen? I saw it on the smittenkitchen blog and just had to try it. It is salty, tangy, crunchy and delicious. And cathartic. I can get lost in the chopping of food, the rhythm, the sound. And depending on how big you want to make this salad, you can either chop a little or a lot! Cabbage is one of my favourite things to chop – it that crazy? I love the way a sharp knife slices through the layers with a very satisfying, crisp chop-chop!

The cabbage is salted and drained for a few hours to tenderize it, and on sampling, was a little too salty, even for me, so I also gave it a rinse. The peanuts get roasted, a process which I think improves every nut. The limes are squeezed.

The recipe on smittenkitchen asks for ½ a small red cabbage and ½ a small green cabbage, but as the salad was only for two of us that was way too much cabbage, so I omitted the green cabbage. But if it was BBQ season here, and if we were sharing with friends, I would get in there and chop away at that other half a cabbage for sure. I also halved the spinach quantity, but left the dressing quantities alone. Here is the smittenkitchen version if you’re interested in looking.


½ small red cabbage, trimmed, cored and shredded (to yield about 6 cups)

½ tbsp salt

2 cups loosely packed chopped baby spinach leaves

½ cup unsalted peanuts, roasted and coarsely chopped

¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 small limes)

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

½ tsp ground cumin

¼ cup peanut oil

Toss the cabbage with the salt then place in a colander over the sink to drain for 2 hours. (Don’t leave it on your bench – the drained liquid is purple!)

Rinse the cabbage under cold water to remove some of the salt. Taste it to see how much rinsing is required – I left the cabbage a little salty. Then drain and place in a large bowl.

Add the spinach and peanuts and toss gently to combine.

Combine the lime, mustard, cumin and peanut oil in a jar and give it a good shake until emulsified.

Dress the salad and toss gentle just before serving.


2 Responses to “Cabbage, lime and peanut salad – the prettiest salad”

  1. Poppy May 22, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    I love the colour!!

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