Red Cabbage Wedge Salad Recipe

This recipe is a riff on a classic wedge salad, with pan-roasted red cabbage standing in for the traditional iceberg. Some razor-thin slices of Asian pear and apple and a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and bacon complete this wintry composed salad. 
December 12, 2017, 2:00pm
Red Cabbage Wedge Salad Recipe Matt Jennings
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin.

Servings: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes


for the dressing:
½ cup|140 grams whole-grain mustard
¼ cup|60 ml pure maple syrup
¼ cup|60 ml apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted
¼ cup|60 ml canola oil
¼ cup|60 ml extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the salad:
2 thick-cut bacon slices (about ¼ pound|113 grams), cut crosswise into ¼-inch pieces
2 tablespoons|30 ml canola oil
1 medium head red cabbage, cut into sixths, loose outer leaves removed but core intact
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ tart apple, such as Gala or Honeycrisp, cored and sliced into thin wedges
½ Asian pear, cored and sliced into thin wedges
handful of frisée leaves
4 roasted shallots, peeled and coarsely chopped
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds, toasted


  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the mustard, maple syrup, vinegar, and fennel seeds. Whisk in the canola and olive oils; season to taste with salt and pepper.

  1. Make the salad: Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a paper towel–lined plate and set aside.

  1. Add the canola oil to the bacon fat in the pan. Set the wedges of cabbage in the pan, cut-side down. Add the butter and sear the cabbage, turning once, until each wedge is browned on both sides and tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer the cabbage to a plate, season to taste with salt and pepper, and let cool slightly.

  1. Arrange the wedges of cabbage cut-side up on a platter or individual plates. Top each wedge with some of the apple and pear slices and a few leaves of frisée, tucking them into the layers of cabbage. Drizzle with the dressing and top with some of the bacon, roasted shallots, and pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately, with the remaining dressing alongside.

Excerpted from Homegrown by Matt Jennings (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2017.

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