Cabbage and Red Pepper Salad With Lime-Cumin Vinaigrette
Salting ahead of time creates pickle-crisp cabbage that is perfect for combining with bold flavors. Adapted from America's Test Kitchen. Posted for the Summer '09 Comfort Cafe.
- Ready In:
- 1 lb green cabbage, shredded fine (about 1/2 medium head)
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lime zest (from 1 lime)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or sherry vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
- table salt
- Toss shredded cabbage and 1 teaspoon salt in a colander or large mesh strainer set over a medium bowl. Let stand until the cabbage wilts, at least 1 hour or up to 4 hours. Rinse cabbage under cold running water (or in large bowl of ice water if serving immediately). Press, but do not squeeze, to drain; pat dry with paper towels. (Can be stored in zipper-lock bag and refrigerated overnight.).
- Stir together lime juice, zest, oil, vinegar, honey, cumin, and cayenne in medium bowl. Toss cabbage and red pepper in dressing. Season to taste with salt; cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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DH doesn't care for vinaigrettes so he didn't try it, but DS & I really enjoyed this one. Loved the crisp cabbage & red pepper complimented by the dressing. The dressing was a really nice balance of sweet, sour & spicy. In every bite there was a smooth flowing pattern of flavors; none overpowering the others. You first noticed the crunch of the veggies followed by the hint of lime, then honey, then spicy cayenne (I used about a teaspoon of it). Thanks for sharing, GriffLover! Made for New Kids on the Block tag game.