About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

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Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Jan

Jan is a serious home cook who loves to read recipes and then do her own thing. Her focus is ingredient driven comfort food, often with an Italian influence. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about food and travels (next trip to Italy: May/June of 2012) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Kim

Kim joins us after being our permanent sub on the Pomodori e Vino project. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think or The Amy Foundation.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

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About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Amy

Amy is a teacher in suburban Boston with far too many cookbooks, her Grandmother's meat grinder and canning jars, and a new Wolf stove. She appreciates cuisines from around the world, with a particular fondness for French, Moroccan, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian cooking. Tweaking her cooking and eating habits resulted long-lasting weight loss and health benefits, proving that living well still tastes good. An old hobby is knitting; and a newer one is canning preserves. Read more from Amy on her blog, Destination Anywhere.

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Cabbage Health Salad

By Kim

Okay who picked cabbage? This is like Brussels Sprouts to me ... how many ways can you prepare cabbage? At first I thought maybe something exotic like chicken and cabbage dumplings with a hot-sweet sauce but then I realized the holidays (and yes, I can say holidays because we celebrate both Chanukah and Christmas in this household), are a mere two weeks away and I have a ton of stuff to do! So again, I opted for the easy way out and you won't believe how easy this is.

Have you ever heard of health salad? I'm not sure if it's an east coast thing a NY thing (read Jewish) or if health salad has pervaded the entire country but for those not in the know, let me explain. It's a whole bunch of vegetables, mixed together, with a sweet, tangy sauce usually served in lieu of coleslaw (no mayo, it lasts longer at picnics). There are probably as many different recipes for health salad as there are delicatessens yet it's one of those things, that while I enjoy it out, I've never made at home ... until now.

Now I've seen health salad made with big chunks of vegetables and I've seen it finely shredded, personally, I prefer the small cut or shred to the big chunks. Luckily, when I was at the market, I saw pre-shredded red cabbage along with a bag of shredded broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and more cabbage - which made easy work of this salad.

Most health salads I've seen also includes cucumbers but I find that cucumbers tend to go quickly and/or get soggy, so I didn't include them in my version. I also like things a bit spicy, so decided to include a bit of crushed red pepper in my dressing. Lastly, lately, I've had this ... fascination ... with fennel. Never having eaten it raw, I decided to incorporate a bit of that into the salad to see how it goes. Anyway, here's the recipe...

Health Salad

Health SaladOops, forgot the crushed red pepper in the previous shot - here it is


1/2 RED ONION sliced (I may add a little more next time, if the onion is mild
1/4C fennel, thinly sliced
1 bag of shredded red cabbage
1 bag of shredded veggies like the rainbow salad I bought (including carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage)
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced (I used yellow but you could use any color)
1/4t salt
1/4t fresh ground black pepper
3.5T cider vinegar
1.5T olive oil
1.5T sugar
large pinch of crushed red pepper (or to your taste)


Mix all the veggies together in a large bowl. Mix the remaining ingredients together with a whisk until blended, making a dressing. Toss the dressing with the veggies. Cover and chill for at least an hour.

Health Salad

Easy peasy man! Feel free to increase/decrease the dressing as you see fit.

For my Weight Watcher peeps, this came in at 1 points plus for a 4 oz serving. Feel free to count 1/2 a healthy oil when you eat this.

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Comments (1)

Definitely trying this one...it looks just wonderful and just the sort of vinegary twist in salads that I love, love, love. And it's pretty...and I'm all about the pretty in food. Great choice, thanks.

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