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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Napa Cabbage Salad


Napa Cabbage Salad

Serves 6-8

4 slices bacon, sliced in half-inch strips
3 oz blue cheese
1/4 c olive oil
2 1/2 T lemon juice
1 teas pepper
3/4 teas table salt
1 small head napa cabbage (1 1/2 pds) cut into 1 1/2-in pieces
8  oz grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 English cucumber, halved or quartered lengthwise and sliced thin crosswise
1/2 c thinly sliced red onion or shallot, rinsed. or to taste
1/4 c chopped fresh basil, optional

Cook bacon and allow to rest on a paper-towel lined plate or baking sheet.

Place the cheese, oil, lemon juice pepper, and salt in a large bowl and whisk for about 10 seconds until slightly creamy with chunks of blue cheese. To the bowl add the cabbage, tomatoes, cucumber, 
onion, basil, and bacon. Toss and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper if needed and serve.


Crumbling the blue cheese yourself, instead of buying pre-crumbled cheese, will result in a creamier dressing,

Other vegetables can be substituted for the cucumber if you don't have one. I used celery but I'm sure you could use raw zucchini, carrot, tiny florets of cauliflower--whatever you have.

I have used some fresh oregano leaves instead of basil and that works, too.

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