Super Food Cabbage Salad


Greek recipes for Greek salads abound and they aren’t all the tomato-cucumber-feta trio! Here is one great salad recipe that calls for Greek superfoods such as dried figs, Kalamata olives, and, of course, extra virgin Greek olive oil, all mingled with a mountain of cabbages, carrots, herbs and seeds. I enjoyed this inspirational salad with one of the most inspiring people I know, the athlete and ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes.

Ingredients

Salad

  • ½ small head green cabbage rinsed
  • ¼ small head red cabbage rinsed
  • 2 large carrots peeled
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 Greek dried figs finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sunflower seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pitted green or Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill

Orange Vinaigrette

  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Greek balsamic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh strained orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon or Greek mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Greek honey or petimezi
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Coarsely grate the cabbages one at a time using the grating attachment in a food processor, or by hand. Peel and coarsely grate the carrots. Place the cabbages and carrots in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Halve the pomegranate across the middle (not from the crown to root part), Hold it open side down in the palm of one hand and with a heavy soup spoon bang out the arils into the bowl. Add the figs.
  3. Lightly toast the sunflower seeds in a dry skillet for a minute or so, and add them to the bowl, together with the chopped olives and dill.

Dressing:

  1. Whisk together all the ingredients for the dressing and mix into the salad. Toss and serve.

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