Crunchy, lightly cooked white cabbage is perfectly complemented by juicy fruit, walnuts and herbs in this well-balanced salad. It is a good example of how a combination of familiar ingredients can be elevated into a sophisticated side dish. For a simple but delicious lunch or supper, serve the salad with baked potatoes.
Use a firm, ripe dessert pear instead of the Asian pear. * To make the salad into a light vegetarian lunch or supper dish, add 200 g (7 oz) smoked tofu, diced, with the white cabbage. * For a main dish, add 200 g (7 oz) smoked chicken, cut into bite-sized chunks, with the cabbage. Serve with bread or potatoes.
Eaten in modest amounts, walnuts have a reputation for being a healthy food. This is because they contain the antioxidant nutrients selenium, zinc, copper and vitamin E, which protect against the cell damage that contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. * Cabbage belongs to a family of vegetables which contain a number of different phytochemicals that may help to protect against breast cancer. They are also good sources of vitamin C and among the richest vegetable sources of folate.
C * E, folate * B1, B6, calcium, copper, iron, potassium