Day 358: Napa Cabbage, Herb & Mango Salad with Asian Dressing ◄

I need to make big salads more often! Even late on a chilly spring evening, this tasted so fresh and alive and paired perfectly with soup. It was light but still filling and flavorful -- all for hardly any calories.

The salad itself calls for four strong flavors: watercress, basil, cilantro AND mint.

I wondered if they'd fight, if one'd overpower the other, if one'd make shy. But instead, they formed a quartet that works as much in concert as in striking their individual notes. Still, if one had to be sacrificed, make it the watercress.

The dressing was a definite keeper, too. There is NOTHING on the grocery store shelves to compare with simple ingredients whisked together in five minutes -- in flavor, in cost, in healthfulness.

The mango was still underripe, despite sitting on the counter in a paper bag for three days. Still, the "bones" were good, mango works beautifully with the dressing.

NUTRITION NOTES ... For carb watchers, make this salad fit your low-carb diet by eliminating the fruit and either eliminating the sugar or switching to Splenda. (Right, Kalyn?)

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Hands-on time: 5 minutes for the dressing, 15 minutes for the salad
Time to table: 20 minutes
Serves 4

1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil (reduced from 2 tablespoons)
1/2 tablespoon sesame oil (reduced from 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup lime juice (tonight, from 4 limes)
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (this was excellent!)
1 tablespoon sugar (reduced from 2 tablespoons but important)
2 dashes Tabasco
Black pepper

Whisk together ingredients.

1 head Napa cabbage, chopped (about 6 cups)
1 bunch watercress, stems removed, leaves chopped (the inspiring recipe calls for 6 cups, I had maybe 1 cup, it was enough)
1 carrot, grated
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 mango, sliced

Gently toss salad ingredients, then toss in dressing. Top with mango. Serve and enjoy!

Per Serving: 131 Cal (24% from Fat, 9% from Protein, 68% from Carb); 3 g Protein; 4 g Tot Fat; 1 g Sat Fat; 25 g Carb; 6 g Fiber; NetCarb19; 105 mg Calcium; 2 mg Iron; 402 mg Sodium; 0 mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 2 points

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Adapted from Gourmet, October 2003

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Alanna Kellogg
Alanna Kellogg

A Veggie Venture is home of "veggie evangelist" Alanna Kellogg and the famous asparagus-to-zucchini Alphabet of Vegetables.


  1. Wow. This sounds just fantastic. I'll remember this when I have fresh mint in my garden. Yes, I would replace the sugar with Splenda, and I've found that usually you should reduce the amount of splenda to about half of the amount of sugar called for.


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