Crunchy Kale & Cabbage Salad

This pretty salad is full of flavor and texture. Crunchy. Sweet. Salty. Tangy. Yum🙂



Salad Ingredients:

2/3 head cabbage, thinly sliced and then chopped into short strips

2 small apples, peeled and chopped

3-5 oz. kale, stems removed and washed if needed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup shelled pistachios

Dressing Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar (or use rice vinegar or another mild white vinegar if you don’t have white balsamic)

1 Tbsp. lemon juice (I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice)

shredded sweet mint

pinch of salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 tsp. black sesame seeds or poppy seeds


Peel the apple and cut away the core. (I used an apple cutter for this.) Cut the apple into slices lengthwise; then chop the slices into chunks. Slice the cabbage into thin slices, then chop to make short strips. (A Mandoline slicer cuts the cabbage perfectly!) Rinse the kale, remove the stems and chop.

Whisk together the olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, agave nectar, salt, pepper, and black sesame seeds (or poppy seeds) to make the dressing. Put the sliced and chopped cabbage in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Add the chopped apples and baby kale and toss again. Then add most of the dried cranberries and pistachios and toss again. Put the salad into a serving bowl and top with the reserved dried cranberries and pistachios. Serve right away.

I think there are endless variations of dried fruit and nuts that would be good in this salad; have fun experimenting! Let us know what you come up with!

Enjoy!                                             Lamentations 3:22-23

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An 1840’s General Store situated on our property, is used as our on site Farmer’s Market. The old General Store was once the central hub for a railroad community, and served many important roles in the community of Goggans, even a United States Post Office until the 1960’s. It later served a new, bigger community purpose, inspiring our Farmers Market To You program to be born. This building is registered as a Historical site, and is adjacent to the old “Doctor’s Building”, which is rumored to have served as a Courthouse, among other things. The history on our property, rich with farming and community purpose, inspired us to serve our community in a new and exciting way.

We, both David and I, have always had a passion for growing flowers and plants, rooted from wonderful Grandmothers’ teachings. We, like everyone, began to make a more conscience effort to eat healthy and naturally grown fresh food. Since we have 80 acres, we began by adding a “small” acre and a half vegetable garden. When people began driving an hour or two, just to buy our tomatoes and cucumbers, we realized there was a real need in many communities for families like ours….and Farmers Market To You was born. We have been blessed to expand in to several of our neighboring communities, with our Farmers Market To You Market Basket program…and touch and reach families along the way. We  donate food and cash to needy families, food ministries, PTA’s, churches and other vital community service organizations in each of the communities we serve.

This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.

Enjoy!   Eat Healthy and Grow “America Strong”


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