What's the difference between green cabbage and red cabbage? It's not only color that sets them apart; though both are super low-calorie, red cabbage packs more than ten times the amount of Vitamin A, beneficial for vision and immune system health. Red and green cabbage taste exactly the same, and that's what matters when it comes to swapping one for the other in dishes like this chicken and cabbage salad with buttermilk blue cheese dressing. If chicken isn't your thing, use leftover cooked roast beef or stir-fried tofu. If blue cheese isn't your thing, I urge you to give it another chance, or you can substitute feta cheese. The tangy dressing really makes this dish something special. Make the salad a little bit ahead, and the cabbage will soften and mellow.
Chicken and cabbage salad with buttermilk blue cheese dressing
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup buttermilk (made from powdered buttermilk, or fresh)
1 Tbsp cider vinegar
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
6 cups thinly shredded cabbage (green, red, or a mix)
2-3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken (leftover roast, baked, grilled or rotisserie chicken)
1/4 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley
In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, blue cheese, buttermilk, vinegar, agave nectar and black pepper. Using a rubber spatula to smash the cheese against the bowl, then stir until the ingredients are smooth.
Add the cabbage, and stir to coat all of the cabbage with the dressing.
Then, stir in the chicken and parsley.
Serve immediately if you like the cabbage crunchy; refrigerate for an hour or more, and the cabbage will wilt slightly.
More crunchy salads and slaws in The Perfect Pantry:
Red cabbage salad with walnuts, raisins, feta, and warm mustard dressing
Gingered Napa cabbage salad
Smoky spicy cole slaw
Curried apple and pecan broccoli slaw
Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds, and yogurt dressing
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Cabbage and lime salad with roasted peanuts, from Smitten Kitchen
Tassajara warm red cabbage salad, from 101 Cookbooks
Crisp tuna-cabbage salad, from The Kitchn
Red cabbage and avocado salad, from Natasha's Kitichen
Greek cabbage salad with feta and thyme, fom Kalyn's Kitchen
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