I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). I love that I get to try new vegetables. I hated that my last CSA pick-up was on a Monday, driving the meal-planning side of me crazy. I love supporting local farmers and I love the element of surprise each week when I go to pick up my box. The last time I did a CSA, my boxes were a little less than exciting…so much of the same stuff! So last week when I went to pick-up my CSA, I was surprised AND a little overwhelmed with our box. So many greens! Lots of stuff I’d never cooked with before! Ahhhhhhh so many strawberries!
A pie, a new summer cocktail, a failed zucchini brownie attempt, and a huge batch of this Napa cabbage salad later, I have put a pretty big dent in my CSA fare. I made this salad as a quick and healthy option for lunch, but it would also be a great dish at a picnic or BBQ. I loved all of the different textures (so much crunch!) and flavors going on in the salad. The cabbage, cucumbers, snow peas, carrots, and almonds all add to the crunch of the salad, and the creamy, yogurt-based dressing pairs with the veggies perfectly.
While I didn’t exactly intend for the dressing to be a creamy one when I set out to make this salad, the yogurt mellows down the richness of the mayonnaise, and pairs really well with the cabbage. I also loved the extra flavor aded by the cilantro and green onions. All together, the flavors were fresh and light…exactly what I crave during this time of year!
If you are going to prepare the veggies and dressing ahead of time, I would suggest waiting until immediately or at the most an hour before serving to add the dressing.
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