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