I first learned this particular salad during those salad days in my own life. Back when I was just starting to pay attention to what my mother was doing in the kitchen. I noticed that my mother never made this salad the same way twice. Perhaps that is why nobody ever got tired of it? I present my most standard recipe here but do make it with whatever you happen to have on hand. You'll get the idea pretty quick. Mix the sweet and chewy with the salty and crunchy and you will be just fine.
A chopped banana or citrus would not be out of place here. Or, instead of dried fruit and peanuts try using chopped apple and walnuts for a Waldorf Salad effect. Or add a tablespoon of chutney for a surprise kick. You get the idea.
Once summer kicks in my meal planning energy focuses on salads at the expense of the main course. Perhaps you've noticed the dearth of salads on this blog as of late? Who has time to get aggressive with the main course when the sun is shining? A good salad you can turn a simple burger or grilled chicken breast into a celebratory feast. Any of the salads on this blog of late will do that but mastering this one will serve you for a lifetime as nobody ever seems to get tired of it as its never made the same way twice.
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 1 shallot
- 2 teaspoons curry powder, to taste
- 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
- 1 cup peanuts Spanish peanuts
- 1/4 dried fruit, chopped if not already in small pieces.