Everyone needs to eat more fruits and vegetables, not just kids, but adults also. According to the CDC, in the U.S., only 32% of adults eat 2 or more servings of fruit a day and only 26% of adults eat 3 or more servings of vegetables.
The rates where we live, Oklahoma, are even worse, just 18% for fruit and 23% for veggies. I wonder why we are so bad at eating fruit around here? I have NO PROBLEM getting my girls to eat fruit, as that is our go-to snack of choice, but with veggies I have to be a bit more creative.
So, this simple recipe gives you both a vegetable and a fruit in one dish. I gave you a choice on the dried fruit and the nuts. I used dried cranberries and walnuts for mine. I recommend dijon mustard and red wine vinegar, but don’t fret if you don’t have those on-hand; just use regular yellow mustard and apple cider vinegar instead.
This salad is crunchy and just a bit sweet. I will be serving it tonight with some grilled chicken, but it should go with just about any protein of your choice.
- 3 cups shredded cabbage (you can usethe pre-cut bagged coleslaw mix for this)
- 3 apples, seeded and chopped, any color
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- 1/4 cup nuts, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts or chopped pecans
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp dijon mustard or yellow mustard
- 1/2 Tbsp fresh minced onion (not dried)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Mix all ingredients together, store in fridge. Serve chilled.