Thursday, August 9, 2018

Que Sera Silk Salad

I almost hesitated to make this salad from The Silver Palate Good Times Cookbook from the late 80's, but I had a head of cabbage and red onions that I wanted to use from my CSA veggie box. I'm so glad I made this!  

This is the introduction to the recipe as listed in the cookbook. I knew we would like this just from the description.

"Salting cabbage brings out a silklike texture without cooking. Enriched with fresh ginger, mint and pink peppercorns, this is a beautiful and unusual salad".

Que Sera Silk Salad
1 large green cabbage, finely shredded (I used the food processor)
3 TB coarse (kosher) salt
1 red onion, cut into thin rings
2 TB finely minced fresh ginger root
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 TB pink peppercorns
Salt, to taste

1.  Sprinkle the cabbage with 2 TB of the coarse salt in a large bowl. Let stand for 4 hours. (I let it sit outdoors) Cover with ice water and let stand for 1 more hour. Rinse and drain the cabbage.

2.  When the cabbage has been standing for 3 hours, sprinkle the onion with the remaining 1 TB coarse salt. Let stand for 1 hour. Cover with ice water and let stand for 1 more hour. Rinse and drain.

3.  Combine the cabbage and onion in a large mixing bowl.

4.  Whisk the ginger, lemon juice and oil together. Pour over the cabbage and onion and toss.

5.  Stir in the mint and peppercorns. Taste and add salt if needed.

6.  Refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Makes 10 to 12 portions

I am going to nickname this ALL DAY SALAD. But I was home multi-tasking so I didn't mind :-)
Mr. Mountain Breaths is not a fan of cole slaw or anything cabbage, and he  really enjoyed this.

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Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I love cabbage and am always looking for new ways to prepare it! This sounds really good-Happy Weekend:@)

  2. What an interesting recipe Debbie, one I’ve never seen. I love to make salads so this would be something different. This is a keeper to try when I have time. I think the nickname you gave it is perfect:)

  3. This sounds very intriguing! I like cabbage, and it really does look silky in the photo. The fact that Joe doesn't ordinarily like cabbage but liked this, makes it even better!

  4. I eat a cabbage salad everyday at lunchtime, Debbie, and this one sounds really good. I know that I would love it!


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