Crunchy Cabbage & California Prune Salad  

Recipe by: foodbymaria

This delicious, crunchy red cabbage salad with a juicy, citrus dressing is refreshing, easy, and perfect for a summer BBQ. This cabbage salad has the added benefits of California Prunes and can be entirely customized based on your favourite salad ingredients, or what you have in the fridge.

Bone-building Recipe

Crunch your way to strong bones with an abundance of vitamin K-rich cabbage and magnesium, phosphorus and calcium-packed quinoa! Vitamin K is essential for bone health as it is involved in the regulation of calcium and along with magnesium, phosphorus and calcium it helps in bone mineralization.

Servings: 4 as a side salad
Prep Time:

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 1/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 10-12 dried California Prunes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves

For the citrus dressing

  • juice from half an orange (about 2-3 tbsp juice)
  • juice from one lemon (about 2-3 tbsp juice)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon or grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Bone boosting tip: Swap ½ the walnuts for calcium-rich almonds & double up on the cheese with crumbled feta to double your cheesy-calcium

Directions

  1. Make the dressing by combining all of the citrus dressing ingredients and whisk together or shake together in a mason jar or container.
  2. Add the cabbage to a bowl or salad platter and drizzle about half of the dressing over top, massage the dressing into the cabbage, using salad spoons to kind of mix it / press the dressing into the cabbage.
  3. Add the cooked quinoa, walnuts, prunes and the rest of the dressing and toss to combine. Top with blue cheese and cilantro and serve. Taste and adjust with more salt and pepper if desired.

Notes:

  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute with honey in the dressing.
  • You can also use orange juice from the can or carton in the dressing instead of fresh-squeezed.
  • This salad would also be delicious served as a side dish for a barbecue dinner.
  • Not a fan of blue cheese? Try feta or goat cheese.

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