Look on the light side

Now is a great time to try a salad with substance.

Red Cabbage Salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and oranges is a great salad to try in the new year. — Alison Shaw

It has been a great holiday season with tons of great food and cheer. It is now a new year, a new decade, and perhaps we should begin with a good cleansing start with a hearty winter salad. A salad like this can be a great side for a winter soup or stew or it can replace a starchy side with your main course. 

This salad was inspired by my time at cooking school in Burgundy, France. I was there in late fall many years ago. The salad was made warm with blanched red cabbage and served warm. I love the crunch of raw cabbage, so I created this version which is uncooked.








Red Cabbage Salad with Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Oranges

Serves 4


⅓ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup aged balsamic

Salt & pepper

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cups finely shredded red cabbage

3 navel oranges, peeled with a knife and segments sliced out

¾ cup toasted walnuts

½ cup crumbled good quality blue cheese


For the dressing, heat the orange juice until just hot in a small saucepan. Add vinegar. Remove from heat and pour into a small mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Whisk in olive oil to emulsify. Place the cabbage, orange segments, and walnuts in a salad bowl. Pour in dressing and toss well. Gently fold in blue cheese and serve.

From “Vineyard Harvest” 2005 Broadway Books