Red cabbage, radicchio and endive join fennel, raisins and toasted walnuts in this crunchy winter salad.
I don’t know why it’s taken me quite so long to write about red cabbage. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition in a pretty package.
Its vivid color reveals a powerful concentration of anthocyanins which are believed to have anti-oxidant properties, not to mention that it delivers a pretty good dose of Vitamin C.
So how come so many people shy away from it? I have to think it may have something to do with many people’s first encounter with the cabbage family…coleslaw. Bland, soggy and dripping in mayo, this quintessential American slaw does cabbage no favors.
But I grew up eating this crunchy, cruciferous vegetable; mainly raw, shredded, spiked with spicy Dijon mustard and mouth puckering vinegar. Its vibrant color intensified and sturdy texture softened under the acidity of the vinegar while the mustard added even more heat to this brightly colored member of the cabbage family and a little olive oil rounded out the sharp edges.
I still make it that way, but lately I’ve taken to accessorizing my red cabbage salads a bit. Radicchio and endive have joined the mix for a bitter edge as well as fennel for added freshness and crunch. A handful of buttery walnuts and sweet, chewy raisins are tossed in for texture and balance while snippets of fresh flat leaf parsley add some liveliness to the color palate.
This is my winter salad, the one I come back to time and time again when I’m craving something light and crunchy in the middle of a season dominated by heartiness and warmth.
Red Cabbage, Radicchio and Endive Salad
A light and crunchy salad filled with finely shaved winter favorites like red cabbage, radicchio and endive.
For the Salad
- ½ small red cabbage, finely shredded (using a mandoline or the shredding disk of a food processor if possible)
- 1 small radicchio, finely sliced
- 2 Belgian endives, finely sliced
- 1 small fennel bulb, fronds reserved and finely sliced
- ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- ¼ cup/ 30g toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
- 2 Tablespoons raisins (optional)
For the Dressing
- 1 ½ Tablespoons /22ml apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon/5ml pure maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons/30ml extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon/15ml toasted walnut oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Combine the thinly shredded cabbage, radicchio, endives and fennel in a large bowl with the parsley and chopped fennel fronds.
- Whisk the vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, olive oil and walnut oil in a small bowl. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Toss the salad with the vinaigrette just before serving, top with toasted walnuts and raisins if desired.
Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and Paleo
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 3g
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Sylvie Shirazi is the recipe developer and food photographer behind Gourmande in the Kitchen. For the last 10 years she's been making eating more healthfully easy and accessible with gluten-free, grain-free, paleo and vegan recipes that are free from processed ingredients.
I make this as published and with additions below - a lot. This recipe has become a star at thanksgiving! It’s a colorful addition to the plate. I think of it more as a slaw than a salad because it holds up well for leftovers the next day and can be made at home and then transported to a pot luck.
I’ve added mandarin orange segments, grapefruit segments, dried cranberries and pomegranate seeds to it. (I also add mustard to the vinegarette). It is all perfect just as is though!! I can’t believe their aren’t more reviews! Thanks so much for this recipe. Everyone always asks where I got it from.
So glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Mary Lee Brown says
The dressing for this salad has become my absolute favorite! I use it with every type of salad! I just mix up the type of greens, nuts and cheese - it is amazing how wonderful it is! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I have made this many, many times. It makes an amazing side for Thanksgiving. Gives the plate a bit of acid for balance AND it is BEAUTIFUL and easy. It's a crowd pleaser. I don't like raisins, so I use dried cranberries. I change absolutely nothing else about it.
Julia | JuliasAlbum.com says
What a gorgeous winter salad! Pinned!
This salad looks delicious and I'd like to try it however I am sensitive to walnut. What would you suggest I replace the nut and oil with?
Hi Gina, You can just use all olive oil instead and replace the walnuts with another nut like toasted pine nuts or leave them out altogether if you are allergic to all nuts. Hope that helps!
So simple and lovely. Your reverence for fresh, beautiful produce shines in your work. Glad to find your site!