Massaged cabbage salad

In Design School, I learned that taking a break from a project helps you see things in a new light. So my camera collected a bit of dust, my iMac only booted to check email or pay bills, and I took a month long break from this space. I realized a few things, one of them being that I really missed writing and sharing here. So at 10:30 p.m. on March 24th, I tiptoed out of my warm bed to finish writing this post for you.

In anticipation of warmer weather (and asparagus!), here's a salad to pack for that first picnic. Accompany with grilled vegetables, bean or tuna salad, and a cold potato salad.

Massaged cabbage salad
Inspired by Neomonde's cabbage salad
1 small head of cabbage, 3-4 c, finely shredded
1 small red onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced (I used half red and green)
1 lemon, juiced
1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds

Put the cabbage, onion, and bell pepper into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with salt and lemon juice. Massage ingredients with your hands for a good 5-10 minutes. The cabbage should start to soften up a bit. Mix in the parsley and pumpkin seeds.

Variation: Add 3-4 tbsp of chipotle creme to make a delicious slaw for tacos.