Red Cabbage with Lemon and Mint

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This salad is surprisingly flavorful with fragrant lemon, refreshing mint and crunchy red cabbage and almonds. The dates add a subtle sweetness. Red cabbage is a hardy leaf that doesn’t wilt like softer lettuces. This dish travels well to potlucks and picnics.

Ingredients:
1 cup raw almonds, chopped
8 cups shredded red cabbage (about 1 medium cabbage)
1 red onion, diced
.75 ounces fresh mint (a large handful)
1/2 cup water
3-4 pitted Medjool dates*, (use 4 if small, 3 if large)
1/3 cup lemon juice
*if the dates are very dry, soak them in the 1/2 cup of water for several hours before blending with other ingredients for dressing.

Directions:
1. Fill a large bowl with shredded red cabbage, diced red onion and chopped almonds.
2. In a blender, combine the water, mint, dates and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
3. Pour dressing over salad and mixed well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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