I swear every year it seems like the silly season starts earlier and earlier.
It’s only the first week of December and already I feel like I’ve had my fill of champagne for the year and that eating a few more salads wouldn’t go astray!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the indulgence over the silly season and let’s be frank, am unlikely to turn down a champers at any other time of the year either. But I’m not 18 anymore.
The hangovers are worse and so is the not so little pot belly that surfaces to remind me of the good times long after the buzz has worn off.
That’s where this delicious salad comes in to save the day.
Fresh. Crunchy. Yummy. Sophisticated. Anti-bloat.
Yup, winning all round.
This may even be my fav salad this summer. I was honestly a little surprised at how tasty it was. Who knew all cabbage needed was a little pear to make it fancy?
Judging by the sounds coming from JD as he wolfed it down, it’s safe to say he approved as well.
I was a little more generous with the olive oil in the dressing than I normally am. Cabbage is one of those vegetables that it woefully disappointing on it’s own or under-dressed, so don’t skimp or you’re likely to be disappointed!
The lemon really rounds this off nicely, balancing the oil and creating a really fresh palate. I know I’ve said the word fresh like 5 times in the post, but really, that’s the best way to describe this salad!
We enjoyed it on it’s own for lunch, but it would be lovely with some grilled fish and a chilled sauv blanc for dinner.
- 1 Pear
- 4 cups finely sliced cabbage
- 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, finely chopped
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp lemon rind, grated
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Sea salt
- Finely slice the cabbage and add to a large bowl with the chopped parsley and lemon rind
- Cut half the pear into thin matchsticks and to bowl
- Cut the remaining half into two and finely slice leaving the pointy end intact, set aside
- Whisk the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil and a pinch of sea salt until emulsified
- Toss together and serve topped with fanned pear quarters
- If you aren't bothered about being decorative slice the entire pear into matchsticks
- Calories 214
- Carbs (gm) 21
- Fat (gm) 14
- Protein (gm) 4
- Fibre (gm) 7
- Sugar (gm) 12