November 20, 2015

Easy dinner recipes

I’m such a huge fan of cabbage, and especially red cabbage. It’s gorgeous, hearty, great for your gut and CHEAP. I came across this recipe from one of my favorite blogs Smitten Kitchen had to share. This salad would be lovely for the holidays or for any old lunch of the week. And my favorite easy lunch protein, sardines, would be an excellent addition.

Date, Feta and Red Cabbage Salad from Smitten Kitchen
Serves 4 to 6 as a side
1 to 1 1/4 pounds red cabbage (1 small head or half of a large one), sliced very thin
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice (I use lime)
Salt and red pepper flakes (I used the mild Aleppo variety) to taste
About 1/2 cup pitted dates, coarsely chopped or sliced
4 ounces feta, crumbled into chunks
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 teaspoons well-toasted sesame seeds

Toss cabbage with olive oil and first tablespoons of lime juice, plus salt and pepper, coating leaves evenly. Taste and add more lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. I do this a few times, making sure I really get this base well seasoned because it will be hard to do it as well later.

Toss dressed cabbage gently with half of dates and feta. Sprinkle with remaining dates, then feta, then parsley and sesame seeds. Dig in.

Do ahead: The whole salad can sit assembled for at least an hour, if not longer in the fridge.

Here are three other easy and delicious dinner recipes:
Carrot Ginger Soup
Seared Salmon with Orange Glaze
Massaged Kale with Apples and Almonds


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