This salad is quick and easy to prepare on a hot night when you don’t want to cook.
Salad serves 2 as a side, or 1 as a nice big entree.
- 1 medium zucchini, grated
- 1 carrot, grated
- 1/2 cup shredded cabbage
- 1/2 a large red pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 1/2 cup orange-flavored dried cranberries (available at Trader Joe’s)
- candied walnuts or slivered almonds (raw or toasted)
- 2 tablespoons orange muscat champagne vinegar (available at Trader Joe’s)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger (or more, to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
Whisk together ingredients for the dressing and set aside. Toss together ingredients for the salad in a large bowl. Add dressing and toss to combine. Scoop into serving bowls and sprinkle each with a handful of nuts.
Let the salad sit a bit before serving. The second half of my salad was tastier than the first.
If you can’t find orange-flavored cranberries, use regular cranberries and then add some orange zest to the dressing. Hey, even if you do have the orange-flavored cranberries, add the zest anyway.
If you can’t find the orange muscat champagne vinegar, use regular champagne vinegar or perhaps white balsamic vinegar and add in a few tablespoons of orange juice. Again, add the orange zest as described above, it will be tasty.
I didn’t add any almonds or walnuts my salad but I suggest them in the recipe since the salad wanted something a bit more, and a little crunch and a nutty flavor would have been just right. I realize candied walnuts aren’t raw, but they sure are tasty. (I make mine by lightly spritzing a nonstick pan with olive oil over medium heat, tossing the nuts until they are toasty, then adding a spoon of sugar and a dash of cinnamon and tossing to combine.)
I served my salad with a toasted sprouted wheat bagel spread with hummus. It would also be good with try with a sandwich or wrap, or simply some multigrain crackers.
If you make this recipe, please leave a comment and let me know if you made any changes or modifications, I would be interested to hear them!