Crunchy, subtly sweet, mild, savory, and a tasty nutrient powerhouse. I’m talking about cabbage, of course! This stalwart vegetable deserves some love, especially in the winter when quality salad greens can be scarce. But cabbage — it’s there for you!
I paired mine with a zingy, savory tahini dressing and added roasted garbanzos and pepitas for awesome crunch and a punch of protein. The spicy tahini dressing is really creamy and zingy — but relatively low in fat, for a dressing. The secret? Tahini — which is just finely ground roasted sesame seeds. Water, an unusual ingredient in most dressings, is important for proper texture in this dressing.
Spicy Tahini Dressing, after a quick blend with immersion blender
Using an immersion blender makes the Spicy Tahini dressing super easy to make — but you can use a whisk or regular blender if that’s what you have. (Consider purchasing an immersion blender. I use mine regularly for puréed soups and dressings)
Garbanzos, roasted with oil and salt
Roasting canned garbanzos transforms these tasty beans into crunchy/chewy nuggets. This is a vegan main dish, full flavored, and easy on the budget. And I consider it a pantry meal — because cabbage is such a long keeper in the fridge and the other ingredients are pantry basics. Enjoy!
Cabbage Salad with Roasted Garbanzos and Spicy Tahini Dressing
for the Spicy Tahini dressing:
1/4 cup tahini
2 TB olive oil
3 TB fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 cup water
3/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Blend until creamy. May add more or less cayenne as desired. The amount I included makes a mildly spicy dressing.
for the Roasted Garbanzos
1 can garbanzos
1 TB olive oil
sprinkle of sea salt
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Drain garbanzos, and pat dry with paper towel. Drizzle with oil and toss lightly, then arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes in the oven, until they are browned and crunchy.
To serve the salad:
Cabbage, finely shredded
Roasted Garbanzos (see above)
Spicy Tahini Dressing (see above)Pepitas
cherry tomato quarters
Quantity of cabbage, pepitas and cherry tomatoes depends on number of servings desired. The dressing and garbanzo recipes double easily for more servings. Toss the all ingredients together, and enjoy!