I love this light and super tasty Cabbage, Pea and Mint Salad. With the warmer weather in full swing (at least, it is here in QLD), one of my favourite past-times is creating the ultimate salad. This week I picked a beautiful green cabbage and the last of my sugar snap peas from my veggie patch which has inspired this creation. It is perfect for BBQ’s and entertaining as it can be prepared ahead. It’s vegetarian, grain, gluten-free and low-fructose with a variation for vegan and dairy-free.
Like it’s other cruciferous cousins, cabbage is a rich source of many micronutrients (vitamins and mineral) and fibre. It also contains glucosinolates (sulphur containing plant chemicals) many of which have been researched for their promising anti-cancer properties.
Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter the recipe to suit many specific dietary requirements.
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Cabbage, Pea and Mint Salad
- ½ green cabbage (I used a sugarloaf) or ¼ of a large, finely shredded
- 75 tbsp fresh peas (½ cup) you can use frozen blanched quickly in hot water or finely sliced snow peas
- 1 handful fresh mint leaves -picked off the stems
- 4 small radish -halved and sliced thinly
- 50 g parmesan cheese (½ cup) finely grated
- 2 tbsp lemon-infused olive oil (I like the Cobram Estate brand in most supermarkets)
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar (or raspberry vinegar is lovely too)
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Pinch sea salt
- In a large salad bowl combine the cabbage, peas, mint and radish.
- Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a small bowl or shake in a jar.
- Toss through the salad to coat it evenly.
- Then mix through the parmesan and serve immediately.
- To make ahead, combine the vegetables in a bowl and mix with the dressing and parmesan at the last minute.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Dairy-free and veganReplace the parmesan with ¼ cup ground macadamia nuts mixed with a tablespoon of nutritional yeast and a good pinch of sea salt.
Don't like the radish?If you or your kids are not a fan of radish, slice them and then soak in lemon juice and a little sea salt for 10 minutes before adding to the salad. No heat and a divine citrus flavour is the result.
Extra veggiesI often also add red capsicum to this salad.
This is one of my personal faves. Let me know how you enjoy it, post a comment or rate this recipe below.