Quality citrus is abundant right now, so time for another delightful citrus salad. In previous years I have brought you a Sweet and Spicy Citrus Salad and a Citrus Salad with Toasted Seeds and Maple Dressing. This year I’m serving up this Cabbage and Orange Slaw, a easy little salad that can be thrown together in about 15 minutes and served as a side to just about any entree’. It’s especially good with spicy dishes. We’ve been eating it as a side to Red Chile Chicken Tamales and Red Chile Enchiladas. The oranges serve as a sweet, cooling mechanism for the spicy chile. It works much better than the standard New Mexico side of lettuce and tomatoes.
Like my other citrus salads, this slaw is very easy to make and works with a variety of salad dressings. I prefer a simple dressing of just oil and flavored vinegar with a touch of honey or maple syrup. However, you could always use a creamy dressing as well, one that is a more traditional dressing for a cabbage slaw. As far as the citrus goes, you can use any type of a sweet tangerine or orange. See Kitchen Notes for additional ideas.
Orange and Cabbage Slaw Recipe
Prep time: less than 20 minutes
Recipe author: MJ of MJ’s Kitchen
3 to 4 cups thinly shredded savoy cabbage (about 1/4 of a cabbage head)
2 large oranges or 4 tangerines, peeled, seeds removed and wedges cut in half
¼ cup minced, sweet onion
Sichuan Pepper Sea Salt*
1 tsp. honey or maple syrup
1 Tbsp. Rice vinegar or Peppered Cucumber Vinegar
3 Tbsp. canola oil or lightly flavored olive oil
or this Peppered Cucumber Salad Dressing
*See Kitchen Notes
- In a salad bowl, combine the cabbage, oranges, and onion.
- In a small bowl, whisk the salad dressing ingredients into an emulsion.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to coat.
- Transfer servings to salad plates and sprinkle each serving with Sichuan pepper sea salt.
The Cabbage – Savoy cabbage is our preferred cabbage for this salad because it’s more delicate in texture and less bitter in taste than green or purple cabbage. Napa cabbage has a totally different flavor and therefore, is not recommended.
The Citrus – This salad can be made with a variety of citrus; however, a sweet orange or tangerine works best because it’s a nice balance with the slight bitterness of raw cabbage. Our favorites are Clementines (i.e. Cuties, tangerines) and Cara Cara Oranges. If you choose to use grapefruit, then you might want to make the salad dressing a little sweeter. A mix of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit would also be nice.
The Sichuan Pepper Sea Salt – Recently, I gave myself a present of a variety of seasonings from Season With Spice. Sichuan Pepper Sea Salt was one of the items that I purchased and is a great finish for this salad. In addition to serving as the salty component, it also adds a spicy tingle on the tongue with each bite due to the Sichuan pepper. However, if you don’t have this seasoned sea salt, cracked black pepper and unseasoned sea salt work just fine.
This Orange and Cabbage Slaw was shared with Made w/ Love Mondays .