Summer Salad With Miso Maple Dressing.

You know summer is here when the garden is abundant with vegetables,  the sweet smell of flowers is everywhere and the color of green takes over the landscape.
This recipe calls for Napa Cabbage only because I had never tried it before and wanted to use it in this particular recipe. Napa Cabbage is also called Chinese cabbage and has a oblong shape with thick crisp stems and frilly yellow green leaves. The flavor can be sweeter and softer than green cabbage and it is delicious in a raw salad.
To learn more about different cabbages refer to this site. http://www.thekitchn.com/know-your-cabbages-green-red-s-112856 Be sure to experiment on your own if there is a cabbage that you have never tried before. I believe this recipe could work with any cabbages. Get to know your cabbage this summer! 

This recipe makes enough for 1 - 2 people.

Ingredients for Dressing

2 Tablespoon White Miso
2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Organic Sesame Oil
Directions

Whisk dressing ingredients together and store in a jar. The extra dressing can be refrigerated up to a week.

Ingredients for Salad

7 Leaves Napa Cabbage
2 Small Carrots and/or
1/2 - 1 Cup Edible Pod Peas
6 - 8 Radishes
1 - 2 Scallions
2 Tablespoon Fresh Mint or Cilantro
2 Tablespoon Toasted Sesame Seed

Directions

Slice Napa cabbage into thin strips. Shred carrots, slice radishes and scallions thinly.  If using peas slice into salad. The vegetables can be chopped with a knife,  mandolin, or a food processor's shredding blade. In a medium size bowl, toss together the sliced cabbage with the shredded carrots, radishes, onions, mint and/or cilantro. Toss salad with dressing and top with toasted sesame seeds.
To roast sesame seeds, place in dry skillet until they begin to pop. Remove from heat immediately.  Pour over salad ingredients.

These French  Breakfast Radishes have a nice mellow flavor and crunch that I always enjoy adding in any salad. I have these growing in my garden and they seem to be abundant at farmers markets especially this time of year.  My father would always eat his radishes raw sprinkled with salt. You can pickle and even roast them. Pick up some radishes and have fun using them in various ways!

 Array of vegetables for salad.

Array of vegetables for salad.

Have you ever asked yourself what actually is a scallion?  A scallion is one of various Allium species, all of which have hollow green leaves (like the common onion), but which lack a fully developed root. So basically it is a small onion and the flavor is mild.

I like having these ingredients around for my different recipes. Love this Raw Apple Cider especially for my cucumber salad which you can find here. http://www.justameretreefarm.com/my-sweet-life/blog/2013/8/pickles-anyone
We are fortunate to have South River Miso in our neighborhood. They have the best miso products and for this recipe I have chosen a mild miso. And of course sesame oil is awesome in particularly Asian food.