Looking at the forecast for this weekend, you can see that winter isn’t quite ready to relinquish its grip. With freezing temps and snow on the way, perhaps a warm salad full of healthy fruit and veg and finished with tasty toppings is just the thing to grace your dinner table and perk up your taste buds. With a salad this satisfying, you might not mind waiting just a little longer for spring weather to arrive and stay.

Wilted Red Cabbage Salad with Pecans & Goat Cheese

a BRFM collaborative recipe

Ingredients:
  • ½ small head red cabbage, cored and sliced thinly (generous 2 cups)
  • 1 medium or two small, tart apples, cored and sliced (sprinkle with lemon juice or fruit fresh to prevent browning)
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup chopped pecans toasted and seasoned with honey, salt, and cayenne pepper
Directions:
  1. Cut core from cabbage and halve. Save half for another time and slice the remaining leaves into thin strips.
  2. Core the apple, cut into eight pieces and then halve the pieces. Slice the onion.
  3. In a frying pan, toast pecans over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to prevent burning and remove from heat when they are lightly browned.
  4. In a large frying pan on medium, heat butter and apple cider until boiling. Add onions and cabbage. Cover for 3 minutes while cabbage wilts.
  5. Uncover and add apples. Cook uncovered as apples cook slightly and as apple cider reduces. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  6. Serve topped with crumbled goat cheese and seasoned pecans. Makes 4 servings.

Cook’s Note: Feta can be substituted for the goat cheese.

Market Master Barbara tested this recipe and said it reminded her of a lighter fresher version of German braised cabbage. With that in mind, I think it would be lovely with ribs, sausages, pork chops, or a pork roast as the main. Or go vegetarian and serve it with spaetzle or potatoes, and roasted carrots. Redwine Family Farms has red cabbage, red onions, apples and cider right now. Try the Evercrisp apples or ask them what other varieties would give you the tartness and sweetness you want.

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