May 02, 2011

Red cabbage and apple salad with mandarin dressing


Simple, seasonal food - what could possibly be better than that? This red cabbage and apple salad is a no-fuss, delicious salad you can enjoy on its own or accompanied with meat or wholegrain. It was love at first taste for me, but if you have the patience, refrigerating the salad for at least half an hour will make the flavours even more intense.

Red cabbage and apple salad with mandarin dressing

1/4 red cabbage (about 4 cups), thinly sliced
2 small apples, thinly sliced
1 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup pecans, toasted

Mandarin dressing

1 mandarin, peeled
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

1. Place the mandarin in a food processor and blitz until smooth. Add the other dressing ingredients and blitz for a further 30 seconds or until everything is well combined.

2. Combine the red cabbage and apple in a large mixing bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss well. Finally, add the raisins and the pecans and toss to combine.


55 comments:

  1. It looks delicious. I like red cabbage and I also know some good recipes with that vegetable :)
    Have a nice day!

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  2. This looks so light and refreshing!

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  3. Sweet and simple, what's not to love? :)

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  4. What a gorgeous-vibrant salad, Maria! I'm a fan of red cabbage and I'm absolutely loving the combination of flavors of your salad-Particularly the mandarin fruit dressing. My mouth is watering now :)

    Have a lovely day!

    Aldy.

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  5. yummy yummy looking beautiful salad

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  6. Just as well we're in beautiful crunchy sweet Fuji season!

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  7. What a gorgeous salad! I love combining fruit with salad, it adds a lovely sweet element that I think works fantastically, and mandarin's are so delicious at the moment, it's a shame to not use them.

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  8. This salad is absolutely gorgeous and so perfect for springtime.

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  9. This is a plate I could forgo my meals for at all the 3 times in a day! Simply awesome salad, Mria..love the dressing. Have always wanted something scrumptious using the purple cabbage..and this seems to the perfect recipe.

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  10. Such gorgeous colors in this delicious looking salad! I love the raisins and pecans here.

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  11. The salad looks absolutely beautiful and appetizing with that stunning purple colour and mandarin dressing.

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  12. This looks just too pretty ... couldn't take my eyes off!! I have to try this salad :)

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  13. Simple and seasonal food is indeed the best. Your salad is splendid¨What a gorgeous combination of flavors.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  14. Teen usein punakaalista salaattia. Se on niin hyvää ja kaunista. Upeat kuvat jälleen!

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  15. My grandmother used to make a cabbage salad like this for us and it was always a big hit. I haven't had cabbage salad in so long, I think it's time to make it again.

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  16. So pretty m'dear! I can't get my head around fruit in salad (I know, I'm weird, fruit and cheese and fruit and meat either, like lingonberry with meat) but I bet this would be great with thinly sliced fennel instead of the apple.

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  17. Looks gorgeous :) I really love red cabbage and mandarins, so I guess this would be more than suitable for me. Can't wait to give it a try!

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  18. I absolutely loved the riot of colour that greeted me when I opened your page Maria! :)

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  19. i love how all your food is always so colourful! i think red cabbages are a bit spicy? maybe thats just me.

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  20. I have to admit I'm not a fan of raisins - I have tried many times - but still fail to like them. This salad sounds as though it would still be great without them though, with the sweet-sour dressing!

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  21. Oh wow! It is absolutely vibrant! Sounds like a great combination of flavours. Never really though of cooking with red cabbage.

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  22. What a unique salad idea! And such a gorgeous colour!

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  23. I love dishes like this that are simple and fresh yet so absolutely delicious!

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  24. This salad looks so crunchy and refreshing. I love the mandarin dressing!

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  25. Love this beautiful salad! The different flavors and textures are perfect together!

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  26. The colour is absolutely gorgeous! And the taste, oh yummms~ Apple and cabbage with tangy mandarin dressing! The texture must be excellent too!

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  27. I am not a big fan of having cabbage in my salads, because I find that the white variety is less nutritious as compared to other greens. However, I totally adore red cabbage. They look so beautiful, and is more beneficial for the body too! Your dressing sounds wonderful. I think the dressing will go well with spinach salads too!

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  28. Maria, your dressing sounds wonderful. I've always loved the colors of red cabbage slaw, but have had trouble keeping the cabbage from bleeding out. It looks like you were able to avoid that. Any tips? I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  29. Exquisite! I want a dress out of it!! But then I'd have to eat my dress! : )

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  30. I can certainly have this during summer!

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  31. I love the look and the sound of this salad...so refreshing with apple and the mandarin dressing...perfect for Spring and Summer. Have a great week Maria :-)

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  32. Looks beautiful! The flavour combinations sound interesting and delicious - thanks!

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  33. Ahh- the color is so beautiful- nice summery salad!
    US Masala

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  34. Wow! It looks so fresh and vibrant! Just reading your blog every day makes me feel healthier lol. Thats the first step right? ;)

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  35. What a gorgeously colored salad!

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  36. This looks delicious, i can't imagine mandarin in a dressing - i'll have to try it :)

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  37. Love raw cabbage. This looks delicious, and will make a great alternative to a garden salad!

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  38. what an atractive colorful salad! cant wit to try it, cheers from london

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  39. Ooo I am bookmarking this for when it's fall again here! this looks way better than the traditional cabbage and mayo cole slaw we have here!

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  40. I just love the second photo. The pop of bright pink with the soft white plates is lovely.

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  41. I love mandarin. This dressing sounds very refreshing and flavorful! Love the colors!

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  42. Beautiful colors and the recipe sounds so refreshing and crunchy. My new years resolution was to eat more cabbage this year and this recipe will definately help me with my challange. :)

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  43. I love red cabbage and am always looking for new recipes to use it in. This one looks fantastic!

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  44. Maria, I love the wonderful flavors you used in this salad! It looks so delicious and right up my alley for a healthy lunch or dinner. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Would never have though to blitz a mandarin to make dressing. I often make cabbage salads but I love the elegance of this dish. Must try it soon!

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  46. What a beautiful color! Citrus & cabbage together sounds so good.I would love to try this!

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  47. Vibrant looking delicious salad. Love the salad especially the dressing. Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comments, you have an awesome space here.

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  48. I love the colour and crunch of this salad. Perfect with a bbq!

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  49. So pretty in pink :) Loving the addition of the mandarin & what a bright, fresh salad to brighten up winter.

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  50. Looked so pretty I had to try it. And it tastes as good as it looks :-)

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  51. This is a delicious salad! I used walnuts and purple raisins and an orange in the first batch and in the second I sprinkled some ground ginger and cinnamon to add some autumnal spice which complemented the orange dressing well.

    I was wondering what I could do with this head of red cabbage sitting in my 'fridge and this recipe was the answer so thank you very much for sharing! :)

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