Jeweled Nectarine Salad & Basil Dressing | Meatland

SALAD
Shredded red and green cabbage OR baby leaves
Chopped spring onion
Cubed red pepper OR red and yellow pepper
Sliced or cubed firm nectarines
Toasted sunflower seeds OR toasted almonds
Basil dressing

* If you buy ready shredded cabbage and it includes carrot that's obviously fine. Purple cabbage adds a lot of color so don't leave this out. Cubed avocado can be added to this salad as can sliced cucumber. Use this as your base and feel free to play.

1: Assemble salad ingredients in a deep bowl or on a platter and toss with sufficient dressing to coat shortly before serving.

BASIL DRESSING
1 to 2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup rice vinegar OR white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar*
3/4 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons sugar OR honey
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard (smooth or grain)
Salt and pepper to taste

* If using white wine or cider vinegar it's best diluted slightly with water as rice vinegar is milder.

1: Process the basil, vinegar, garlic, sugar, and mustard together till smooth then slowly add oil and continue blending till creamy.
2: Season to taste and store in the refrigerator till needed.

COOK'S NOTES: Dressing is superb as a general salad dressing too. It can be drizzled over sliced tomato and mozzarella slices to make a gourmet Caprese salad, it is wonderful used as a marinade for chicken breasts/kebabs or lamb chops on a BBQ, it can be served with salmon cooked with a honey glaze, or served over grilled nectarines with BBQ meats. It can also be used to add flavor when making a couscous or burgul salad by adding 3 to 4 tablespoons to the boiling water when making up the couscous or burgul. Experiment and you'll surely find other delicious uses too. The dressing is the star of any salad.