Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Japanese Slaw with Daikon Radish

I love cabbage. I am very Polish in this sense. Love dill. Love potatoes. Love beets. Love poppy seeds. All kinda Polish-y things. My very Italian husband, not so much. I tell him, babe, cabbage is like medicine. It's so good for you. He didn't have too much trouble wolfing down this one. Me neither. Honestly, I could have just a bowl full of this on a hot day and that would do it for me.

Okay, so I have to bring it up. I have been wanting to say something for a while. Some of you won't even know what I am talking about but some of you will. I miss Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita! I miss her blog, I miss her writing, her food. I wanted to email her but I can't even find that. So Maryann, if your out there and reading this blog, I miss you!

Update: I found this entry from Italyville on Maryann.
2nd Update: I have renamed the title of this post, Japanese Slaw, based on all your feedback.

Crunchy Cabbage and Daikon Salad
based on a recipe from Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook
*I made a huge batch of this stuff and tightly wrapped it. I pulled out some as needed and put my dressing on about 15 minutes before the meal. Lunch, dinner, or snack.

2 cup shredded purple cabbage
2 cup shredded green cabbage
1 cup shredded daikon
2 cups shredded carrot
Sesame Vinaigrette ( I won't tell you how much to add because that's a personal thing- to douse or not to douse)

I used a funky shredder that makes thin, sinewy slices. I use it all the time. So as far as gadgets go this is one that is pretty helpful. Mix all in a large bowl.

Sesame Vinaigrette
based on a recipe from Martha Stewart's Healthy Quick Cook

1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup sesame oil
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon water
*okay this is bad but I added a Oriental Ramen Noodle flavor packet. Why, because I use half packets to season the noodles. So I end up with tons of flavor packets laying around.

Place all ingredients in a bottle and shake it up. A little exercise for yah! This is a superb dressing. I was suppose to add a tablespoon of peanut oil but I just added an extra tablespoon of canola.


Sara said...

I also love cabbage, I have been eating it a lot lately, especially in asian inspired dishes. I am so going to try this slaw. It sounds great.


giz said...

That cabbage is ingrained in my family heritage. I don't think I've ever had daikon radish though - one of my "must try" things.

BTW - the Clafouti was good - not too sweet - very simple - that's how I like things but it's really not a WOW dessert :)

Selba said...

This is so Asian, I even can say, more like a Japanese style of salad, it must be so yummy :)

kat said...

He doesn't like cabbage?! Oh he's so missing out!

Grace said...

i'm hooked on cabbage of late, and Iive really come to enjoy the daikon radish, too. that said, this salad is pretty much completely perfect. :)

Mary said...

I love salads like these. Yours is especially refreshing.

Teanna DiMicco said...

Can I just tell you that I have never used daikon before and am dying to try it! That salad looks fantastic, I am in love with cabbage!

The Blonde Duck said...

This looks really neat!

Donna-FFW said...

I am a cabbage fienda also, and I am Polish too!! This sounds wonderful to me.

Murasaki Shikibu said...

I thought this sounded Japanese too...lol

I've had a craving for Japanese food for the past few days and have been eating things flavored in a not so Mediterranean way. ;)

Indigo said...

Love the clean & crisp flavours of this - and the sesame vinegarette, mm!

Interesting fact: I love all the Polish-y things you listed... while never before realising they were Polish-y! Okay, maybe I'm not at my brightest today... but all the same, I totally endorse your cabbage-usage, haha.

Anonymous said...

You are so sweet. I am speechless. I miss you as well- and all my blogging buddies. I can't tell you what your post meant to me.
your friend,
Maryann xox