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Cabbage salad

Cabbage salad

How good is salad? (especially in this heat) Anything with leaves in it I love. I must have been a giraffe in my last life (of maybe I just like the idea of being super tall and skinny.) But in any regard I love greens and if there was a competition as to who can eat the most salad, just like that show Man verses Food… well if there was Nava verses Salad, poor old salad wouldn’t have a chance. There is no such thing as too much salad for me. While I have got some not-so-good eating habits, like my sugar addiction, I am lucky that I love rabbit food with the same enthusiasm and passion I like chocolate rabbits (eggs, ice cream, you get the picture). So I figure there’s a certain balance. When I was working at a preschool a few years back, I used to bring a massive salad for lunch everyday. The first time I bought it out, my colleagues in the staff room asked if I’d brought lunch for everyone.

‘No,' I replied, ‘It’s just for ME!’

'What all of it? Today? it’s not for the week?’

'Are you kidding! I mean its mostly leaves which means it's 98% water, right?’

Much to their amusement and disbelief they watched me polish it off by the spoon full.

This red-cabbage salad is full of flavour and (gas) and has loads of nuts and seeds for protein, with a very simple-tasting salad dressing. Next time you want to make a salad for your guests or make a salad for a dinner party, this one is fresh, crunchy and tasty.


3/4 purple cabbage, shredded

1/2 bunch shallots chopped finely

1/2 cup pepitas toasted

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pine nuts toasted (optional)

4 tablespoons sesame seeds toasted


1/4 cup olive oil

Juice from 1 lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

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