This is a fairly simple salad of raw cabbage and asparagus but it gains a bit of heartiness and chewiness from the couscous. The real kick is tossing the whole mix with the Orange Sriracha Vinaigrette- it's a great combination together and brings the vegetables alive.
Napa cabbage is a friendlier cabbage than most, in my opinion. It's high in antioxidants, folates, Vitamins A, K and C and it gives a great crunch to any salad. Asparagus is rich in fiber, supports our immune system, helps our fight against inflammation, has anti cancer benefits and helps to regulate blood sugar. Power packed nutrition in one fun and tasty salad.
Pack the basket, head to your nearest park and pull out this Fat and Happy picnic loving salad. It will leave the crowd comfortably satisfied.
Fat and Happy Food Blog Tips and Techniques: The nuts and dried cherries add another dimension to this salad so I highly recommend adding them in. Unlike many dressings, this one exhibited the best flavor the first day I made it.
pinch of salt
drizzle of olive oil
1/2 head Napa cabbage, chopped in thin slices
Dried cherries or craisins, handful
Soy nuts, handful
Orange Sriracha Vinaigrette
pinch of salt
Whisk together the Sriracha Vinaigrette while the couscous is cooking (sriracha, sesame seeds and oils, rice wine vinegar, salt, parsley and orange juice and zest.)
Toss the cabbage, asparagus and couscous with about half of the dressing, add additional dressing if needed.
Top with the craisins and soy nuts if desired.