Cabbage & Watercress Salad with Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
This salad is bright, crunchy, and fresh. The craggles in the Napa cabbage hold all the comforting creaminess of the dairy-free-but-you’d-never-know-it dressing. Grab a mixing bowl and fill it up.
Servings Prep Time
2+people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5–7minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
2+people 15minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5–7minutes 1hour
Poppyseed “Buttermilk” Dressing
  • Avocado oil
  • ¼cup shallotdiced or sliced
  • 1large clove garlichalved or sliced
  • 1cup coconut milk)full-fat canned
  • 1tablespoon apple cider vinegarunpasteurized
  • 1tablespoon lemon juicefresh
  • ½cup cashewssoaked for 1 hour; drained and rinsed
  • ½tsp fine ground sea saltor more to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2teaspoons poppy seeds
Cabbage & Cress Salad
  • 1bunch red radishessliced
  • 2small-medium Napa cabbagechopped
  • 2–3 bunches watercressroughly chopped
  • 1bunch chivessliced into tiny rounds
  • ½cup fresh peas
  • 1medium red onionsliced or diced
  • Crushed red pepperoptional
  1. In a skillet heated to medium, add 1–2 teaspoons of oil and shallot. Sauté for 3–5 minutes until the shallot starts to brown.
  2. Then, add garlic and sauté for 1 more minute and transfer all to the blender.
  3. Now, add all Dressing ingredients except poppy seeds into the blender and blend until silky smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then stir (not blend) in the poppy seeds, and set aside or store in a jar.
  5. Toss all veggies into a large mixing bowl with ½ cup of dressing, adding more dressing until veggies are coated nicely like a coleslaw.
  6. Season to taste with a pinch of salt, fresh-black pepper, and crushed red pepper if you like. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Use any cabbage you like, or a combination of many—I choose Napa because the nooks and crannies hold so much delicious dressing

If you can’t find watercress, try a peppery green like arugula instead

This salad is also delicious with toasted sesame seeds added

For extra sour flavor (and probiotics) in your dressing, make a “buttermilk.” Cover and allow it to ferment on the counter overnight, then use and store in the fridge once blended with other ingredients

Try adding Granny Smith apple or avocado to this salad

Thanks to the heartiness of these veggies, you can store this salad in the fridge for a few days