Mexican Cabbage Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette

7 Oct


I wanted a fresh, crisp salad when I got back from my recent trip to Chiapas, Mexico, and this salad is what I came up with.  I knew I wanted a cabbage-based salad, and a dressing that would incorporate Mexican ingredients.  I was missing two things:  fresh cilantro (which I had anticipated using but forgot to buy during my grocery run), and avocado.  In any case, this salad turned out to be very tasty and a nice pairing for some leftover chili I pulled out the freezer upon my return.

Ingredients

Salad

1/4 of a large head of green cabbage, shredded in a food processor or chopped very finely (purple would work great too, and be very pretty!)

1/2 cucumber, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped

3-4 scallions, chopped (including the greens)

2-3 carrots, shredded

1/2 zucchini, shredded or finely chopped

1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3-1/2 cup raisins

Dressing

1 tsp dried chipotle

2 T honey

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Pepper to taste

3 T extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 2 limes

Preparation

Wash and prepare the vegetables as described above.  For the dressing, whisk all ingredients together, or combine in a blender.  Combine dressing and salad, tossing until the dressing evenly coats the vegetables.  Taste, and add additional honey, vinegar, salt, and/or pepper if you like.  If your salad turns out too tart, add honey to counterbalance the acidity.

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One Response to “Mexican Cabbage Salad with Chipotle Vinaigrette”

  1. steelcitykitchen March 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Just the kind of salad I’m looking for to go with potato and thyme quesadillas later this week, thanks!

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