With an incredible feta dressing and spicy pecans this simple cabbage salad is elevated far beyond your typical slaw. Thought you didn't like coleslaws? This may prove you wrong! It keeps well, too, making it perfect for potlucks & BBQ's. Make sure to check out more Quick Healthy Recipes!
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Oh my goodness, do you ever create a recipe that just wows you at the first bite? That's this recipe for me. I was expecting this cabbage salad with creamy feta vinaigrette to have good flavor (um, hello feta - I have a little love affair with you), I just wasn't expecting to be that good!
You can obviously call this a coleslaw, but "shaved cabbage salad" just sounds better to me, especially because combined with the creamy feta dressing (and more feta in the salad - yes, please) and the spiced nuts, this is definitely an 'upscale' slaw.
But one that's easy to make and that everyone will love - I promise.
In fact, my son can take or leave cabbage (preferably leave...), but he said this was "really good, for a slaw."
Okay, not everyone will love it like I do, but most people will like it - making it a wonderful thing to bring to potlucks and barbecues. And there will always be those like me who will be begging you for the recipe, ha!
Plus it's easy to make ahead and keeps well for a day dressed, or longer with the dressing on the side.
Shaved Cabbage Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing
To make this salad, you'll want to start with the dressing to give a chance for the flavors to blend. You will have extra dressing, which is a good thing, because this is a yummy vinaigrette for any salad!
I like coleslaws (vinaigrette-based only, though), as you may have figured out from our other recipes like Cumin-Lime Slaw, Spicy Asian Slaw, and Caesar Slaw, and I think I've tried all the ways there is to cut cabbage thinly over the years. With a knife, splitting the layers, with a food processor, hand grated, and with a mandoline. A knife is time consuming for large amounts, a food processor makes the pieces too little and uneven, and hand grating produces more of a slaw pulp (yeah, just as yummy as it sounds….).
The mandoline is the winner in my book, since I like the cabbage to be shaved in larger pieces (after trying a number of brands, this is the moderately priced mandoline slicer I use and love). Larger pieces seem to hold up better - even a few days later it's not a soggy as grated slaws, which is what helps make it a good make-ahead option.
It's also easy to use the mandoline to slice the sweet onion for this recipe, adding a rough chop after to make the onion pieces a bit smaller.
You can use all one color of cabbage, but mixing purple and green makes for a prettier salad and you get the health benefits that come with different colored vegetables.
This easy & healthy spiced nuts recipe made with just pecans to hold the spices well work perfectly. You can use any type of spicy flavored nuts you want, even a maple-glazed nut like this would be good here. And walnuts would be a good nut choice, too.
I'd love to know if you like this as much as I do - this is moving to the top of our slaw list for sure!
Shaved Cabbage Salad with Creamy Feta Vinaigrette & Spiced Pecans
Creamy Feta Vinaigrette:*
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/2 small head purple cabbage thinly sliced (about 4 cups)**
- 1/2 small head green cabbage thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
- 1/2 medium sweet onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped chives OR 2 thin green onions chopped
- 1 cup spiced pecans broken into large pieces (use this recipe or another favorite)
- Combine all dressing ingredients in a small food processor or blender and process until creamy.
- Set aside.
- Mix cabbages, onion, feta, and half the pecans in a large bowl.
- Toss with half of the creamy feta dressing until all is evenly coated.
- Top salad with chives (or green onions) and remaining nuts and serve. You can pass the remaining vinaigrette with the salad if desired.
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