Red and Napa Cabbage Salad with Empire Apples and Spiced Nuts


I have been in a salad mood lately. I think it's a knee-jerk reaction to all the holiday indulgence and lately I can't get enough raw food. This one calls for Napa and red cabbage but you could get away with just the Napa. Adapted from a January 2007 Bon Appetit recipe.

1 teaspoons butter
1 cup pecan halves (or walnuts)
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon (scant) cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil

2 medium unpeeled Empire apples (or other crisp apple), quartered, cored, thinly sliced crosswise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
2 cups thinly sliced Napa cabbage
3/4 cup dried cranberries (about 5 ounces)

Melt butter in nonstick medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pecans and stir 1 minute. Add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne; stir until nuts are coated, about 1 minute. Transfer nuts to foil sheet and cool.

Whisk both vinegars and mustard in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss apples with lemon juice in large bowl. Add cabbage and dried crans. Add dressing and toss. Stir in pecans and season salad with salt and pepper.

Do ahead: Spiced pecans and dressing can be made 1 day ahead. Store pecans airtight at room temperature. Cover and chill dressing; bring to room temperature and rewhisk before using.

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