napa mustard slaw with apple & walnuts

Winter is a busy time when you’ve got a craft business. There’s craft fairs, holiday orders and a lot of extra work. Double it when you add in your own web business. Add in a blog or two, and things start to slide. But I’m not going to beat myself up. Instead, I’m going to celebrate because I’ve created a very tasty little salad in between coding, designing, folding, packaging and selling. In fact, I’ve made for than a few meals out of it and within the past 2 weeks, have probably made it more times than I’d care to admit. It’s delicious and great and it’s a perfect reminder to why salads are to be eaten year round.

And this slaw is perfectly seasonal. Cabbage? Totally available. Apples? Oh boy! And the vinaigrette? It’s a delicate, powerful and sophisticated mouthful. I think it helps that the magic ingredient is a homemade vanilla meyer lemon marmalade gifted to me by a wonderful food blogger, but I’m sure any other marmalade will provide just the perfect touch. So hunker down this winter with a slaw and forgo the soup once in awhile.

Please take a peek over at Poppytalk where I’ve also gone slaw crazy! Over there I’ve posted a delicious Asian-inspired and super colourful vegetable slaw with pineapple, diakon and a ginger dressing. So let’s just take some time in the coming month to remember vegetables alongside candy canes, chocolate and the like.

16 comments to “napa mustard slaw with apple & walnuts”

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    Jocelan Thiessen   December 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    looks delicious! I love your recipes, and hope to see you around at the craft fairs! we are in got craft again are you?

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    tara   December 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

    that sounds delicious, I love cabbage and apples.

    And I'm totally jealous of that marmalade.

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    redmenace   December 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my. I feel ridiculous. I didn't know about your craft biz. I hearted you 🙂 That is totally great! I LOVE your cards and, in fact, just bought my husband a lovely birthday card from your etsy store! Thanks!

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    Bijoux   December 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Oh, there's that lovely mandolin that creates the crinkle cut apples. I want one! And a KitchenAid stand mixer too! Am I being greedy?
    I've been planning on buying a cabbage to make a slaw of sorts but I keep putting it off due to laziness and there is no excuse…this salad looks so yum!!

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    kntgrl   December 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I'm going to make this for mumsy.

    Is "Napa" the crimped kind?

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    Joanne   December 3, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Wow you are seriously busy!

    That marmalade sounds amazing. I am going to write down the name of it and someday, when I am proficient at marmalade-making, perhaps I will figure out a way to make it. In the meantime I will just make this slaw. And be quite content.

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    CookiePie   December 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    That slaw is gorgeous, and so are your cards! I'm going to order me some!!

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    Daily Spud   December 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks for the reminder that salads are not just for summer. Plus I'm intrigued by the marmalade in the vinaigrette, which I must try, even if I don't have that exact marmalade of course!

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    Cookie baker Lynn   December 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I've been looking for ways to get my husband to eat more cabbage. This is perfect! Thanks!

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    monpetitpechemignon   December 4, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I have a serious love affair with cabbage. I love slaw in any way, shape or form, and this sounds incredible! Thanks for sharing!

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    Dana   December 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Perfect timing! I just found out we are getting Napa cabbage in our CSA box this week. Was wondering what I was going to do with that!

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    kickpleat   December 7, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Jocelan, it was great seeing you again at Got Craft! Hope it was super busy for you.

    Tara, the salad is bang on perfect. The marmalade is totally jealous-worthy.

    Redmenace, I've hearted you since you posted about it a few days ago! Hope the husband loves the card!

    Bijoux, never heard of crinkle cut apples! I love eating cabbage salads anytime of year, but right now it just feels so virtuous!

    kntgrl, yes, the crimped kind! Hoped your mom loved it!

    Joanne, I think you'll be happy enough with the slaw, it's definitely delicious.

    Thanks CookiePie!

    Daily Spud, I think any good marmalade would work well here.

    Lynn, my husband loves raw cabbage so making salads just seems so perfect!

    Thanks, monpetit!

    Dana, perfect timing!

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    Sara   December 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I want this!!! Need to make this… So simple and perfect amongst holiday sweets.

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    julia   December 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Great salad. I am always looking for something to do with cabbage. And using marmalade or jelly is always a great little secret ingredient/weapon!

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    kickpleat   December 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Sara, it is definitely perfect for a season that is all about sweets!

    Thanks Julia, I often do use a sour cherry jam in my dressings, but this is a first time for marmalade…and it's perfect!

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