My Certosa-Inspired Cabbage Salad

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I didn’t post much about my trip to Italy here on GreenLiteBites — most posts were reserved for TheUnworldlyTravelers and JustRoni. Here I like to archive my home kitchen adventures.

Surprisingly, I didn’t immediately come back inspired to re-create many of the amazing meals I ate there. I think they needed to stew in me for a bit because now I’m finding myself dreaming of some of the dishes I was lucky enough to experience.

One of my favorite meals was at the La Certosa Restaurant in Florence. Here’s some video footage of our dinner entertainment…

The woman in the red hat is my mom. I’m getting teary just thinking of that evening.

The meal we had started with an amazingly simple salad that I would have never pulled together on my own. Instead of dressing, we drizzled the Monastery’s own honey to bring the dish together. I loved it so much I bought a jar to bring home!

certosa honey

I don’t think I’ve come even close to capturing the salad as they served it, but my version is directly inspired by theirs. I remember the combination of raw cabbage, cheese, nuts and honey. Such simple ingredients that together create a tasty, satisfying dish.

My Certosa Inspired Cabbage Salad I’ve made this 3 times using the same head of cabbage and plan on making it again for lunch, it’s that good. If you are a heavy dressing user this may be too dry for you. I love the touch of sweetness the honey brings to the cabbage. It’s perfect!

Here’s what I did…

  • 100g of shredded green cabbage
  • 25g chopped raw spinach
  • 1 oz soft mild cheese
  • 1/2 oz raw walnuts, chopped
  • 10g dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)

Cut thin slices from a half of a head of green cabbage.

My Certosa Inspired Cabbage Salad  - cabbage

Pile it on a plate with the spinach and mix the two.

Grate the cheese. I’ve used both mozzarella and Monterey jack successfully. The key is to grate your own. The already grated stuff is coated to prevent sticking and it’s just not the same on this salad.

Top the greens with the shredded cheese.

Sprinkle the walnuts and dried cranberries on top.

Drizzle with the honey.

My Certosa Inspired Cabbage Salad  - finished

Enjoy!

Note: Here’s a behind-the-scenes shot of my “photo studio.” As you can see, it’s hard to hire good help these days. ;)

My Certosa Inspired Cabbage Salad  - finished

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
255 14g 7g old: 5.5 new: 7
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
13g 4g 23g 11g
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  1. Brenda

    I made this salad tonight…OMG it was delicious and I didn’t even use all the honey. I used very little fresh mozzarella and fresh parmesan and it was just perfect. I will definitely be making again!! Thanks Roni!

  2. Julie

    That sounds wonderful…simple, natural, delicious! I will definitely try it (and try to imagine myself in Italy while I enjoy it!).

  3. Michelle

    I was leery to try this, but I’m SO glad I did. Very simple, and very yummy. Definitely a recipe I will make often. Thanks!

  4. Carla

    I don’t consider myself a “heavy dressing user” but the honey alone didn’t quite do it for me, so I mixed honey into mayo and thinned it with a little apple juice, the way I would for Waldorf salad, and everyone I’ve served it to has loved it. Yum.

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