I love cabbage and this is a nice twist for a salad. A sweet onion vinaigrette, bits of sauteed bacon, and warm cabbage that is grilled but but still is a bit crispy. This can either be served as salad or as a vegetable side dish.
Vinaigrette -- Make Ahead. Add the onion, sugar, vinegar, mustard to a blender and puree until smooth. Slowly add in the olive oil and continue to blend until you get a creamy dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I like to make this ahead and store in a small jar or tupperware container. Then just shake before serving.
Bacon -- I also make this ahead to save some time. Simply add the chopped bacon to a small saute pan on medium heat and slowly start to cook the bacon. There should be enough fat in the bacon, so no oil or butter is necessary. Saute until the bacon is crisp. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Set to the side until you are ready to make the cabbage. I like to make mine a day ahead and store in a small ziplock back in the refrigerator.
Cabbage -- First, remove any soft or old outside leaves from the head and then cut in wedges. I usually will get 6-8 wedges per head (depends on the size). Melt the butter, I did mine in a small glass in the microwave. Brush the cut sides of the cabbage with the melted butter and season well with salt and pepper.
Grill -- This can be done on a charcoal, gas or even an inside grill. Grill each side approximately 5 minutes. You want a bit of a char, but not too long; you want the cabbage to still be a bit crispy.
Serve -- Top each cabbage wedge with the onion vinaigrette and bacon bits. This is absolutely delish! ENJOY!