Red Cabbage, Walnut and Pear Salad

Figs & Fennel

red cabbage and pear salad

This vegan salad is a bold and hearty dish for the winter months.

The cabbage, celery and walnuts work together to give a satisfying crunch, while the slightly spicy date and balsamic sauce add richness.

The pear gives it a kick of sweetness, making for a sumptuous plant-based salad to bring cheer to even the gloomiest of days.

Servings: Makes 4

Prep time: 40 minutes

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30g raisins

Half a red cabbage

4 sticks celery

4 spring onions, cut into shreds

Small bunch coriander

200g walnuts kernels or 75g walnuts, shelled

1 pear

For the dressing:

6 dates, or 4 if using a large variety such as the Medjool

4 tbsp walnut oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp wholegrain mustard

1 tsp caraway seeds



  1. Place the raisins in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Place the dates in a separate bowl, cover with boiling water and set aside.
  2. Remove the tough outer leaves from the cabbage half and cut in half through the stalk. Cut out the core from each of the two sections and then shred each piece finely along the short length.
  3. Top and tail the spring onion and shred thinly. Chop the celery into half inch pieces.
  4. Wash the coriander and chop leaves and stalk leaving a few whole leaves to decorate.
  5. Roughly chop the walnut halves, again, leaving a few whole to decorate.
  6. In a large bowl combine the cabbage, walnuts and celery.
  7. To make the sauce, drain, stone and finely chop the softened dates. Mix in a blow along with the walnut oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard and seasoning.
  8. Grind the caraway seeds using a pestle and mortar or spice grinder and stir into the sauce.
  9. Core the pear and cut into slices or small chunks. If you aren’t going to serve the salad straight away then you can use a little lime or lemon juice to stop the pear from browning.
  10. To serve, drain the raisins. Pile the cabbage mixture onto a serving platter and scatter over the raisins and coriander. Arrange the pear on top and spoon over the date and balsamic sauce.

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