Think cabbage is boring? Then try this salad and prepare to be amazed! Toasted walnuts, crisp apple slices, sweet golden raisins, balsamic vinegar, and goat cheese pair beautifully with the cabbage, and make for a truly delicious salad.
Delicious Warm Red Cabbage Salad
1 small red cabbage (about 20 ounces)
3/4 cup walnut pieces
2 1/4 teaspoons walnut oil
fine grain sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
2 cloves garlic
1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 Gala apple (or other red apple), cored, cut into sixths, and sliced crosswise
3 ounces goat cheese
1-2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1.) First, toast the walnuts. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine walnuts, walnut oil, a pinch of salt, and a pinch of pepper in a bowl, and stir to coat. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 5-8 minutes; until darkened and aromatic. Remove from oven and set aside on a plate.
2.) Heat oil and vinegar in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant; about 30 seconds. Add onion and saute for a few minutes; until softened. Add cabbage, season generously with salt and pepper, and cook for a few minutes until only just slightly wilted – you want to maintain a nice crunch to the cabbage.
3.) Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary. Toss with apple pieces, walnuts, and raisins. Garnish with chunks of goat cheese, sprinkle with parsley, and serve warm.