Spinach and Cabbage Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

After eating more kale than my palate could probably handle, I’m on a temporary hiatus (AKA, probably a week or so) and have switched to becoming a spinach junkie. With daily doses of spinach, we’ll see how long it takes until I tire of the vibrant green. Although, with its mild, buttery personality, I might turn into Popeye before that day ever rolls around.

In this dish, I’ve paired it with a summer favorite, cabbage. I chose to go with the red variety (more like purple) to compliment the emerald outfit of the spinach. By going with the purple cabbage, you’ll add an extra boost of nutrients that its green counterpart doesn’t offer. Red cabbage is rich in phytonutrients called anthocyanin polyphenols, which have shown to have beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. As noted in the Science Daily, studies involving the the anthocyanins, which are what provides the cabbage with its bright, magenta color, have also suggested that the anthocyanins may provide cancer protection, improve brain function and promote heart health. Pair it with vitamin-A rich spinach, and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous, good-for-you power combo.

Shallots sweep in to deliver a flavorful Dijon dressing, and voilà, a salad fit for royalty, AKA your hott date/friends. Add sunflower seeds, walnuts, or slivered almonds to turn this salad into a light meal.

Spinach and Cabbage Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Yield: Serves 4


  • -1 small head red cabbage, cut into 1-inch thick wedges
  • -4 oz. spinach
  • -2 large shallots, minced
  • -1 large lemon, juiced
  • -3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • -2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • -1 tsp. honey
  • -1/4 tsp. salt
  • -1/4 tsp. pepper


  1. Steam cabbage for 6-8 minutes, until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in skillet over medium-high. Saute shallots until translucent, adding all remaining ingredients except the lemon juice halfway through. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice.
  3. Arrange cabbage on top of spinach. Drizzle dressing over top. Serve.

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    July 2, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Just think of how much iron you’re getting with all this spinach! (I’m constantly concerned about anemia…so these are the things that I think about lol). I’m getting some spinach in my CSA this week, so I can’t wait to try this! The purple cabbage adds such a lovely color!

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    July 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    What an extraordinary colour on that cabbage! Your vinaigrette sounds delightful… honey and dijon are a great pairing.

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