This salad is a cool, refreshing and easy dish to throw together — which couldn’t be more perfect for days like today (and tomorrow and Saturday), when the temperature soars well into the 90s or higher, with humidity to make it all the worse.
Preparing it is as simple as rinsing and chopping three veggies … and then tossing it all together with vinaigrette. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before you serve it. That lets the vinaigrette really soak into the cabbage.
The best thing about this salad? Leftovers can be saved. Yes, with the dressing. Cabbage stands up better to the vinaigrette than lettuce does, so it won’t get wimpy if you tuck some into a container and save it for tomorrow. Heck, it kind of gets better with age. Like a fine wine or good cheese. Sort of.
Anyway, if you are looking for an easy, low-prep recipe, this is perfect.
How do you serve napa cabbage?
Easy Balsamic Napa Cabbage Salad
1 head napa cabbage, washed and cut into thin ribbons
6 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
1 sweet bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette
In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, carrots and bell peppers. Toss well. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss to combine.
Allow the salad to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.