You are Going to Love This Cabbage Salad!
1 cabbage (If you use an entire medium-sized cabbage, you will have enough salad for about 6 servings as a side dish.)
2 - 3 carrots
(We have also used fennel or red daikon)
Pepper Olive Oil
Champagne or red wine vinegar
1 clove minced garlic (optional)
2 anchovies, cleaned and diced (preferably packed in salt rather than oil) --optional
1 egg (optional)
Peel off the amount of leaves from the cabbage that you plan to use -- an entire cabbage will be enough for about 6 people. Cut the leaves into thin slices -- about 1/4-inch thick. Put the cabbage in a bowl and sprinkle with a generous amount of salt (the amount can be guided by your preference). Massage the salt into the cabbage. This will soften the cabbage and release some juices so that it will become moist. This step is the key to why this salad is so delicious!
Prepare any other vegetables you plan to add. For example, slice the carrots in half lengthwise, then place face down and cut into 1/2-inch pieces diagonally. Mix the vegetables together.
An easy dressing is olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and lemon. You can choose the quantities, depending on your taste and what you have available. A dressing that is really delicious, but a bit more effort is a Caesar salad dressing, in which you whisk together a raw egg, olive oil, the minced garlic, a teaspoon or so of Champagne or red wine vinegar, the lemon and anchovies.