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Napa cabbage and apples salad with basil-lime vinaigrette

Napa cabbage and apples salad with basil-lime vinaigrette

The Napa cabbage is a type of Chinese cabbage originating near the Beijing region of China, and is widely used in East Asian cuisine. This Napa cabbage and apples salad with basil-lime vinaigrette recipe pairs the vegetable with sweet apple and acidic lime for a real flavour sensation. The perfect side to any foodie spread!

Ingredients (makes 6 to 8 servings)

8tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3tbsp apple cider vinegar

2tbsp honey

2tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

Zest from ½ medium lime

2tsp Dijon mustard

½tsp ground cayenne pepper

1tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

1 medium head Napa cabbage (about 1 ½ to 2 pounds), cored and shredded

6 medium apples (Pink Lady, Empire, Honeycrisp, etc.), cored and thinly julienned

Freshly ground black pepper

Method

In a large jar or blender, put the oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice and zest, mustard, cayenne, and salt. Shake vigorously or blend
 on high speed until well blended and emulsified. Add the vinaigrette to a large salad bowl and stir in the basil.

To the bowl, add the cabbage and apples and toss the ingredients, using both hands or a large spoon. I like to use my hands, ensuring the whole salad gets dressed. Stir very well until the ingredients are well combined and the cabbage is evenly coated. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.

*(c)2017 by Amy Pennington. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Salad Days by permission of Sasquatch Books.

You might also like this goat’s cheese and and Pink Lady snack salad or this Manuka winter salad.

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