One of the other advantages of this salad is that it lends itself well to customisation. Green papaya isn't always an accessible ingredient, but grated / spiralized zucchini would step in as an alternative. More carrot would also work, or bean sprouts, or snow peas. This is really a salad concept rather than a strict salad recipe.
I would, however, recommend that you make the dressing in a similar manner to below. It is very good, and I say that as someone who is not a big fan of salad dressings. If you are a fan, you might even want to double the dressing quantity. I made it to season the salad mix, but not to coat it liberally. If you prefer a liberal coating...make a bit more.
I softened the kale and cabbage by allowing them to stand in hot water first. I prefer kale that way to fully raw, but if you feel the opposite, just omit the hot water step to give a raw dish.
This can be served as a stand alone salad, but it works particularly well topped with tofu (I loved it with satay tofu) or nuts.
Jumbo salad with all the things
(kale, cabbage, green papaya and a peanut-chilli-soy dressing)
Can be customized to taste and available produce
Gives 2-3 large salad serves or a greater number of side dish serves
For the salad
1 bunch red kale (or regular green kale), tough stems removed and roughly chopped
1/4 green cabbage, roughly chopped
About 1 cup grated green papaya (equivalent to 1 small green papaya)
1 medium carrot, finely sliced or grated
1 small red capsicum, finely sliced
1 tomato, finely sliced
For the dressing
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce (or use chilli sauce and add brown sugar)
2 tsp nutritional yeast
1/4 cup warm water
Place the kale and cabbage in a large saucepan and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 1-2 minutes, to soften. (Optional.)
Transfer the kale and cabbage to a large bowl and add the remaining salad ingredients.
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or jug and whisk to combine.
Pour the dressing over the salad and mix through thoroughly with your hands. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Serve alone or topped with tofu, almonds, or peanuts.
Submitted to Ricki's Wellness Weekend 18th to 22nd July 2013.
What is your current favourite salad mix?