Lemony Chick Pea & Cabbage Salad

I don’t think cabbage gets enough culinary love. It’s a budget-friendly ingredient, as you can get several meals out of a good-sized head, but too often it’s lobbed into boiling water with corned beef, or used to make cloyingly sweet, mayo-laden slaws.

Cabbage is meant for greater things than slaw. One of our very favorite meals is Bacon Egg Slurry, a dish of cabbage sauteed in a bit of bacon fat and seasoned liberally with black pepper and topped with over-easy eggs. Our CSA has gifted us with two HUGE heads of cabbage – we’ve already had 6 meals out of them, and I still have half a head left! I made Rick Bayless’ Achiote Braised Pork tacos last night for some friends, and wanted a side dish that would help cut the richness of the delectable pork. I had cooked some chick peas up to make some hummus, and the cabbage was lurking in the crisper, so I tossed the two together with a lemon-peppery vinaigrette with just a hint of caesar salad flavors due to a dab of anchovy paste. I loved this salad, and happily ate the leftovers today for lunch. This is a crisp, refreshing salad for a hot summer day. Give it a try!

Lemony Chickpea & Cabbage Salad
Serves 6 as a side dish, 3 as a main course

1/4 head green cabbage, sliced thin
1/4 head red cabbage, sliced thin
1/2 cup celery, sliced paper-thin
1 1/2 cups cooked chick peas
3 T fresh basil, minced
3 T lemon juice
zest of one lemon
2 T olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 tsp salt
lots of fresh ground pepper

  1. Slice the cabbage into fine, bite-sized ribbons and place in a large bowl. Add the cooked chick peas and thinly sliced celery.
  2. Make the dressing: combine the lemon juice, zest, olive oil, basil, mustard, anchovy paste salt and ground pepper in a small bowl and whisk for a minute or two.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and chick peas and use tongs to toss the salad to coat everything in the dressing. This salad can be made a coupe hours before serving, and is good for leftovers, too.

2 thoughts on “Lemony Chick Pea & Cabbage Salad

  1. That is so delicious! 🙂 I think sometimes my mom make that or something seems like that hehehe! Is so so healthy, if my mom’d do that all days I’ll eat that.

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