It's been a crazy month around here with lots of comings and goings - houseguests and kid's moves - and so I've had vey little time to post. Besides that, And, I'm mostly only doing really light meals and salads. Finally, I am getting back to my usual routines and getting to post a few things too.
My latest favorite salad, which I made when there was very little in the fridge, is a marinated Italian Cabbage Salad. It has the usual flavors of an Italian style Vinaigrette with Balsamic Vinegar and the advantage of this salad is that it keeps well. Cabbage can hold up to the dressing for quite a long time so I usually double the recipe when making it. I love adding lots of Pine Nuts to give even more texture.
Italian Cabbage Salad
2 cups shredded Green Cabbage
2 cups shredded Red Cabbage
1/4 cup Basil Leaves, sliced thinly (Chiffonade)
1/4 cup Red Onion minced
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/3 - 1/2 cup Pine Nuts
In a small frying pan, cook the Pine Nuts until you can smell their fragrance and they just start to brown. Remove to a plate to cool.
Place the Cabbage and Basil in a serving bowl. In another smaller bowl, mix together the Red Onion, Balsamic Vinegar, Olive Oil, Salt and Sugar. Stir to combine and pour over the Cabbage. Toss to coat thoroughly and sprinkle on Pine Nuts. Let the flavors meld for at least 15 minutes or place in the refrigerator to serve later.
Five Element Analysis
Cabbage belongs to the Earth Element although the Red Cabbage also contributes some Fire. The Pine Nuts bring in the Earth Element. The Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil make sure that the Wood Element is involved and finally the Basil and Red Onion both come from the Metal Element. As a side dish, it's quite balanced, but for a meal, be sure to have more Fired Foods.