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recipe: crispy cabbage salad

Want to try a bright flavored slaw?  It's a simple dish to put together and let the flavors do their wizardry.   Prepare a bit ahead and let it mingle.

1 small red or green cabbage
some carrots
2 cloves garlic
handful of cilantro
½-whole fresh lime
3 tbsp olive oil (mayo is possible too, in part or instead of oil)
salt and pepper

*Halve the cabbage.  Figure out how crunchy you want it to be.  For a crispier salad, thinly slice with a knife or mandoline.  If you’d prefer it softer, grate it.
*Grate the carrots.
*Mince the garlic and cilantro.
*You can mix the dressing separately, or add straight to veg and taste as you go.  This version doesn’t sit in a pond of it’s own juice.  Add more liquid if you’d like that.
*Let it sit ½ hr. Longer is great too.

There's a slaw for every mood.  I like to change it up, by combining various extra vegetables and herbs.  And for the dressing, there's many variations including adding hot sauce or peanut butter or sesame oil or mustard.


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