Charred cabbage with walnut vinaigrette and smoked cheddar

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I really believe that cabbage gets a bad wrap from all those years of being boiled to within an inch of it’s life.  So I am here to bring forth a wildly delicious cabbage recipe that will have you licking your plate.  Charring the cabbage brings out it’s natural sweetness which pairs perfectly with the earthy walnut vinaigrette and smoky cheddar cheese.  The first time I made this I ate almost an entire head of cabbage (it got a little windy that night). Turning a humble head of cabbage into the best version of itself is what this recipe does.  Try it, you won’t be disappointed.



1/3 cup walnut halves, finely chopped

1 shallot, peeled and minced

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp grainy mustard

2 tsp honey

¼ tsp salt

cup canola oil

1 Tbsp water

Charred cabbage

1 small head of cabbage (red or green)

1 tbsp canola oil

½ tsp salt

3/4 cup grated smoked cheddar

1/4 cup chopped fresh chives


  1. Preheat the BBQ or indoor grill to medium.

  2. Whisk together the walnuts, shallot apple cider vinegar, grainy mustard, honey and salt.  Slowly whisk in the canola and water. Place in a sealed container and in the fridge until ready to use.

  3. Trim the bottom of the cabbage and remove 1 or 2 of the outer leaves.

  4. Cut the cabbage in half lengthwise through the stem. Lay the cut side down and cut each half into 3 or 4 wedges (depending on how large the cabbage is). Brush all sides of the cabbage with canola oil and season with salt.

  5. Place on the BBQ grill and cook for 5-8min per side until the cabbage is charred and just beginning to soften. Remove and place on a serving platter.

  6. Drizzle the cabbage liberally with the walnut vinaigrette, top with the cheese and garnish with chives.

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