A lot of times I crave a specific food based solely on its colour. This salad is a typical case, I wanted to eat red cabbage, but not so much for the cabbage itself, but more because of its colour. I knew I was going to use in a salad of some sort because I wanted it raw, but had no recipe or specific idea in mind. I thought that cabbages and apples would go nicely together, and then decided to use some dried black mission figs I had in my pantry to add a different flavour and slight sweetness to the salad.
I have seen red cabbage salads that are swimming in mayonnaise, some times there is so much mayo that the (once purple) salad becomes pink. I knew I didn't want to have that, but I like the idea of a creamy dressing. I chose to use plain yogurt with a tiny bit of egg-free mayonnaise to make a dressing that was creamy but not too heavy. The yogurt brings freshness and the mayonnaise offers just the right amount of creaminess.
This salad is a plate full of fiber and it's super crunchy. If you don't have dried figs, use raisins instead. It will give you the same sweet bite. This is a salad I make for myself only, so the measures are small, to make this salad for more people just multiply the ingredients.
This recipe couldn't be any easier or faster.
Red Cabbage, Apple and Fig Recipe:
makes 2 servings
1/2 apple,cored and thinly sliced
a squeeze of fresh lemon
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
2 tablespoons of dry mission figs, chopped. Or substitute raisins.
Squeeze some fresh lemon on the apples immediately after slicing it to prevent browning. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour dressing over salad and mix well. Serve cold.
Yogurt Dressing Recipe:
1/4 cup of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of mayonnaise (regular or egg-free)
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
Mix yogurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice and stir until well blended. Season with salt and pepper.