Not the same old cabbage – Fresh Cabbage Salad With Red Bell Pepper, Olives, Green Chili and Basil

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 Although the summer isn’t officially over here in Italy, I can feel a slight whiff of Autumn in the air. It makes me feel both sad and good because summer has passed far to quickly for my taste, did it really happen? Or maybe it is just my own fault, being a person who lives very much in the present, I tend to forget or rather not re-live moments of the past and though it is good to live in the nowness of things, it sadly makes the past evaporate far too quickly. The usual positive and negative aspects of things.

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 Anyway, to me cabbage is an autumn and winter vegetable but I really prefer it in late summer/early autumn while it is fresh and has a certain crispy smoothness to it if that is a possible combination. Slicing cabbage very thin while it is still fresh rally makes a change to the usual cabbage salad or coleslaw where the cabbage usually is a bit stiff and unfriendly unless it has been dropped into boiling water for a short while. But why work more than necessary when you don’t have too, it is far easier to slice it threadlike.

And before I forget it, Paper Chef is on this weekend and the ingredients are quite normal this time so do take a look and cook up a dish for us, check out dates and what to do here.

Fresh Cabbage Salad With Red Bell Pepper, Olives, Green Chili and Basil

 FRESH CABBAGE SALAD WITH RED BELL PEPPER, OLIVES, GREEN CHILI AND BASIL

cabbage, if it is fresh it’s better
a sweet red bell pepper
green chili, not to hot but with a certain bite
olives, I prefer black ones
fresh basil, finely ripped or chopped
salt
lemon juice
extra virgin olive oil
 Slice the cabbage really thin, preferably with a mandolin. Take out the core and the seeds from the bell pepper and do the same with it. Repeat that with the green chili pepper and you have finished with the slicing part.
 Add as many olives and as much basil you feel like. Salt it and then after a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil you mix the whole salad throughly and serve it.

Fresh Cabbage Salad With Red Bell Pepper, Olives, Green Chili and Basil

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