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Cabbage Salad with Apple and Caraway

Cabbage Salad with Apples and Caraway

Sometimes it is challenging to enjoy a salad in the coldest parts of the winter. But we need our roughage, no matter the frigidity outside, and this one is pretty amazing for its simplicity. It’s pleasantly evocative of any number of other classic salads – cole slaw, the iceberg wedge or a Waldorf – without being quite like any of them.

It is, I am convinced, the combination of the caraway seeds and the crunch of the cabbage that makes this work so well. The brightness and zing of the dressing keep it lively and different from your typical weeknight green salad with vinaigrette. I love when every ingredient has a clear purpose, especially when the list is so brief.


Serves 4

For the salad:
5 cups shredded green cabbage, gently packed
1 firm medium-sized apple, diced
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup currants
1 teaspoon caraway seeds

For the dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon golden balsamic or similar vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt+pepper to taste

First, make the dressing: Whisk together olive oil and yogurt until completely blended. Add the vinegar, lemon juice and mustard slowly, blending as you go. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine all salad ingredients. Drizzle dressing over, and toss to blend.

  • Lynda - Apples and caraway pair so well. I appreciate your yogurt-based dressing and look forward to trying this recipe.ReplyCancel

  • Amrita - Caraway seeds remind me of home….Bengalis have this version where we dry roast caraway seeds with lemon zest, juice and salt and sprinkle them over potato salads, raitas and fruit cocktails!

    Your sald look so pretty! I’d enjoy it for lunch even during winter…ReplyCancel

  • kimberley - @Lynda – The yogurt is a nice touch! And yes on the apples and caraway.
    @Amrita: That sounds so yummy! I will have to try that on a potato salad sometime.ReplyCancel

  • leela - ooh la la! i’m loving your fresh foods and bright, lovely photos! I’ve fully waded through your archives, and I’m now full of happy.ReplyCancel

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  • Nicole - I haven’t visited in a while and I’m excited to see your seasonal foods feature! Looking forward to what you are sharing and this salad is a perfect beginning.ReplyCancel

  • kimberley - @leela: Thanks! I am equally in love with your lovely site.
    @Nicole: Yay!ReplyCancel

  • kickpleat - This is totally my kind of salad. I love cabbage and apples and a yogurt dressing would be delicious. And that photo? Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Wow. How did I not know about your blog? I love it! Curling up with my laptop to make up for lost time…ReplyCancel

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  • kimberley - @kickpleat: I like that! And thanks!
    @Julie: The feeling is totally mutual. Looking forward to more.ReplyCancel

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  • David - This is a great, mellow salad. The flavors work very well together. Kudos!ReplyCancel

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