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This dish was influenced by the nutritional abomination called a wedge salad. This usually consists of: a chunk of iceberg lettuce covered in bacon and bleu cheese. Not vegan. Not healthy. Usually (strangely enough) kind of expensive in some fancier restaurants. Who needs that?
Here I took the concept of shape and texture and created a plant-based whole foods warm dish with sweet and savory flavors. This is very simple prep work and cooking for a pretty final result.
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- 1 head of cabbage, cut into wedges through the core
- 1 yam or sweet potato
- 1 apple (honeycrisp is the BEST!)
- olive oil
- salt + pepper
- 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup (the real kind!)
- vegan butter melted in a pan (Earth Balance!), about 2 Tbsp.
- enough brown sugar to make a carmelized paste
- about 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (or nuts of choice)
- a dash of cinnamon
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the cabbage wedges on the sheet, then lightly brush with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until starting to brown, about 25 minutes.
Cut the yam and apple into small dices. You can leave the peels on. Put them in a bowl with a small amount of olive oil to coat. Spread evenly on a baking sheet, and add it to the oven with the cabbage when you have 15 minutes left of cook time. (Both should get done at the same time.)
To make the dressing, whisk the mustard, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup together in a small bowl.
For the candied nuts, melt the vegan butter in a pan on low heat. Add brown sugar and mix until it’s thick and caramelized. Add nuts and stir to coat – add more nuts if mixture is still really wet. Add a dash of cinnamon, and spread mixture out on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to cool.
When all components are ready, plate by putting the cabbage on the bottom then topped with the apple and yam mix. Then drizzle on some dressing, top with the candied nuts and add some dried cranberries for a garnish!
There you go! This makes an awful lot of food, and would be a great addition to a Holiday meal or potluck. Enjoy!
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