Monday, August 25, 2008

A Beauty of a Salad

I'm a regular reader of the Smitten Kitchen blog, love the recipes, the pictures(salad photo above is from SK), her stories and the inspiration.

This weekend I tried out one of her recipes, Napa Cabbage Salad:

Napa Cabbage Salad with Buttermilk Dressing
Gourmet, November 2007

The dressing is a simple blend of buttermilk, apple cider vinegar, a touch of mayo, shallots, sugar, salt and pepper but the flavor is anything but. This is my new go-to creamy dressing. I am sure it would equally delicious with some crumbled blue cheese mixed in, if you’re into that kind of thing.

The dressing would be really great on an iceberg wedge or romaine hearts salad, or any kind of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink mega mixed bowl. Like your lunch tomorrow.

1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons minced shallot
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
1 pound Napa cabbage, cored and thinly sliced crosswise (4 cups)
6 radishes, diced
2 celery ribs, thinly sliced diagonally

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, vinegar, shallot, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until sugar has dissolved, then whisk in chives.

Toss cabbage, radishes, and celery with dressing.

She described it as a beauty and it is! I'll be making it again and again. And I'm going to try the dressing on some other salad greens too! I'll let you know how they taste but I'll bet they will be good.


Rosemary said...

I like the look of this salad and will be trying it soon. The dressing sounds yummy.

Hendria said...

this sounds very good. :)