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Posted on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 : 8 a.m.

Mediterranean cabbage salad - unique flavors intensify over time

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu, Contributor

In looking over the menu at Pita Pita, a recent Frugal Floozie Friday feature, I noted a cabbage salad. It sounded intriguing, with typical Middle Eastern flavorings such as a light dressing of olive oil and lemon, and also a touch of mint.

I'd heard it calling to me since I left the restaurant, and so I decided to make my own. I made it at breakfast time, so that I could take it to work with me, and it was ridiculously easy; even in the midst of the morning caffeination.

The salad's flavors mingled through the morning, and it was a bright, uniquely flavored treat for lunch.

Mediterranean Cabbage Salad

1 small head cabbage, quartered, sliced very thin
1 small onion, halved, sliced very thin
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried mint (available at Middle Eastern markets)
juice of 1 lemon
generous pinches of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

In a large bowl, combine cabbage and onion. In a small cup, combine oil, mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; pour over cabbage. Toss to coat cabbage with dressing, then let salad rest for a few hours to let the flavors combine.

Serves 8-10 as a side dish.

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