Sunday, March 6, 2011

Grapefruit, Radish, Cabbage Salad

For the past few months, citrus and cabbage have become some of my favorite two foods! This scrumptious salad combines them both. I use napa cabbage which is a very mild, tender cabbage. It is also a favorite vegetable of our children. My oldest daughter likes to pack napa cabbage in her lunch! All four of our children devour this salad in no time!

Tom and I also have some more news......we are having another baby! This explains the cravings. All I have wanted to eat is cabbage, raw or cooked, and also raw sauerkraut. Also any kind of citrus works really well. The all day nauseousness finally subsided last week and now I am feeling great! Baby number five is due at the end of the summer. I've also been working on finishing the next cookbook. Can't wait to tell you more about it!

Grapefruit, Radish, and Cabbage Salad

This salad is very quick to prepare. It has a lovely, light dressing that doesn't overpower the flavors of the grapefruit or vegetables. I have chives growing in my herb garden already so I snip a few off for this salad. I suppose chopped parsley or a thinly sliced green onion would also work. Serve with grilled chicken breasts or baked salmon and cooked quinoa.

6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
2 large pink grapefruit
5 to 6 small radishes, sliced thin
1 to 2 tablespoons snipped chives

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
freshly ground pepper
few pinches sea salt

Place the napa cabbage into a medium-sized salad bowl. To cut the grapefruit (see photo), first trim the top and bottom off. Then place the grapefruit on one of the cut ends and begin taking the peel and pith off with a sharp paring knife. Then slice the peeled grapefruit into rounds. Then cut each round into quarters. Add the grapefruit to the salad along with the radishes.

Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Pour over salad and toss together. Sprinkle the chives over the salad. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6. Source:

We have a winner for the cookbook giveaway I did last week! Joy Gilraine can you please email me with your mailing address so I can get this wonderful cookbook sent to you? Thanks everyone for entering! Here is the winning comment: Goldwood Gardens said...Thanks for always leading me to great new cookbooks! I would love to win this book! Joy Gilraine

If you are interested in a vegan, gluten-free cookie recipe of mine, I shared my recipe for Sesame Orange Anise Cookies on Martha Stewart's Whole Living Blog last week. I will be posting one gluten-free recipe a month there so stay tuned for more to come! 

More Fresh Salad Recipes:
Beet, Pear, and Almond Salad
Spring Slaw
Raw Super Green Salad

About the Author

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. Your salad looks so light and refreshing. We've plowed through two bags of grapefruit in the past week and I still want more.

  2. Congratulations on baby #5! Here's to big families! =)

    Glad to hear you're feeling better. Napa cabbage is one of my favorites. I love the "boat-shaped" leaves. They are perfect for various salads. I like putting salmon salad into the leaves. Love the idea of grapefruit mixed into this salad of yours. I hate to admit it, but I've never been a huge fan of radishes (I know, I know). Mixing the radishes in with citrus might change things for me. Brilliant!

    Thanks, Ali and I'm thrilled to hear your news!

  3. Congratulations on your exciting news! I am currently expecting too. It is my first. Such an exciting time! All the best to you and your lovely family :O)

  4. What wonderful and great news, Ali! Congratulations to you and Tom!
    Baby #5 is getting a great healthy start with your cravings.

    I will have to find the Napa cabbage today at the store This recipe looks delicious! The combination of fruit and veggies might just get my kids to try cabbage.

    Lots of love,

  5. Ali--Gorgeous salad, marvelous news on the new baby coming, plus the new cookbook (woohoo!), and, finally, you are so modest about your monthly contributions to Martha Stewart's site! I'm so happy for you on all counts and appreciate your new delicious recipe (well, two counting your one on Whole Living). :-)


  6. A new baby--that's wonderful news! What a joyful blessing for your family! Best wishes for a healthy, happy pregnancy Ali. :)

  7. Congratulations on the new family member on the way!

    We like napa cabbage a lot, too -- in fact, this salad has 3 of my husband's favorites in it. Thanks!

  8. YES! Yes, yes, yes! I am SO excited for your next cookbook and to have an idea of when it's coming out. Can't wait!

    And congratulations to you both on your bundle-to-be! Thrilled for you! :)

  9. Now you've got me craving cabbage and grapefruit! So glad you're feeling better. My sister is about 7 months pregnant and dealt with all-day nausea for the first 4 months. She still has trouble if she eats too many raw veggies, but citrus and cabbage are two things she can do. I'll be sure to pass this recipe on to her! :)

  10. This sounds really intersting - and just in time for a change into fresh sping weather and food! Really needed this recipe! Congrats on your "little bundle of joy"! ;-)

  11. Congratulations on baby number five! What a blessing.

  12. Congratulations! I am also due at the end of summer with our fourth. I love your recipes and can't wait for your new cookbook. Thanks for all you do!


  13. Congrats Ali!!!

    Can't wait to try this salad, nice and crisp and fresh for spring. Definitely what I'm craving now too!

  14. Wonderful combination--actually one of my favorites. I like it with pummelo too.
    We have 5 children as well--congratulations. I too had the all day nausea with all five!! Oh that was tough. Nice to feel better isn't it?
    Peace and Raw Health,

  15. This looks fantastic! I'm always looking for new and fresh salad ideas.

  16. Oh wow congratulations! So wonderful!!! (And the salad looks good too!) :)

  17. Congratulations!

    I've been making a similar salad with cabbage, kale, carrots, and grapefruit. I love the tangy, sweet taste of grapefruit with the crisp, fresh taste of cabbage.

  18. Congratulations!!!!! The salad looks great. I craved grapefruit soooo much when I was pregnant with my first. Wishing you an easy pregnancy and birth! <3


  19. Thanks everyone for the thoughtful comments! I am sure you'll be hearing more about pregnancy cravings from now on and recipes to go along with them! ;-)

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  21. You have been nominated for the
    Peace and Raw Health,

  22. Congrats on baby #5! I'm expecting my first any day now!

  23. This looks absolutely delicious, so pretty and fresh! Its getting me into the mood for summer, cant wait to try this for a picnic some day!

    Congratulations on the baby! Hope all goes well.

    Teenie Foodie

  24. I have to admit...when I read this post I was skeptical! But I gave it a try and it is fabulous! Thanks for the great recipe!

  25. So much excitement - new baby, new book! Congrats! And this salad? I'm so going to have to try this. Might just become a new favorite. Yum.

  26. Sounds delicious. I love grapefruit in salads, particularly in combination with avocado. Thanks for all of your great recipes and congrats on #5!


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