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What’s for Dinner: Cabbage Salad with Peanut Sesame Dressing


Cabbage Salad with Peanut-Sesame Dressing

from the Real Food Daily Cookbook

This salad is, without a doubt, on my Top 5 Salads in the Universe list. It is simply divine. I wish I had a better photo of it that truly captured it’s scrumptiousness. I add cooked, shredded chicken instead of tofu, or you could even leave both out and this salad would still be amazing. I also tend to use less crushed red pepper, because I don’t like things too spicy, but you can customize it to your spice preferences. I hope you give it a try! (Save yourself some time and buy pre-shredded cabbage…)

For the Salad:

4 cups of shredded cabbage

3 cups of shredded red cabbage

2 carrots, shredded

4 shallots, thinly sliced

1 cup of peanut dressing

4 cups of cubed tofu (shallow fried or steamed however you like)

2 tbsp of toasted sesame seeds

Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl. 

For the Sesame-Peanut Dressing:

2/3 cup of creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup of brown rice vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

3 tbsp water

2 tbsp of tamari (or soy sauce if you don’t have this)

1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 1/2 tsp of toasted sesame oil

1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (use more or less, depending on how spicy you want it)

1 cup of lightly packed corriander leaves

Blend the peanut butter, vinegar, maple syrup, water, tamari, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper in a food processor until smooth and creamy. Add the cilantro and blend just until it’s finely chopped. Add to salad, mix and devour! The dressing will keep for 2 days, covered and refrigerated but really – it won’t last that long.

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