The Secret Ingredient (Parsley): As-Good-As-Cole-Slaw Cabbage and Parsley Salad


[Photographs: Kerry Saretsky]

There was a time when I didn't like parsley. Not even a sprinkle on the plate. What? Did the chef think that I couldn't taste it?

That's just the thing most people don't get: parsley has a lot of flavor. It tastes like grass, mixed with a minty freshness, and an almost lemony brightness. It tastes like the word verdant would taste. And one day, seemingly overnight, as these things happen, I began to love it. And then, I still couldn't understand why a chef would just sprinkle it on a plate. Relegating parsley to the garnish corner is criminal. It should be an ingredient.

For the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of my favorite parsley recipes, starting with this light cabbage and parsley slaw. Green cabbage is shredded finely, but still retains its crunch when it's tossed with loads of fresh, grassy parsley, sweet cider vinegar, briny anchovies and capers, biting chives, and a downpour of olive oil. It is bright and light and a health-giving alternative to cole slaw. I love serving it next to charred or blackened fish sandwiches. I just can't get enough.

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