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Spicy Cabbage Salad



cabbage salad with Sriracha dressing

My favorite Spicy Cabbage Salad

Over a thousand pictures, an enchanting week, the loveliest new friends and more wine and food than one could ever imagine.

Tuscany.  The DaVinci Wine Storytellers Experience 2013.

An event that has forever changed the heart of this Chef.  I have so much to tell you, to show you and new recipes to share with you.

While I’m making my way through the memories and photos, here are just a few snapshots I wanted to share; and my favorite cabbage salad.

My final post, including eight new enticing and delicious recipes, will be revealed on the DaVinci Wine Facebook page after the 1st of November.  Stay tuned!

Ciao and Buon Appetito!


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Vinci, Italy

Vinci, Italy


Streets of Montalcino, Italy

A visit to the Medieval Tuscan town of Montalcino


DaVinci Wine Storytellers

Jenna, Leela (Storyteller) and Lisa. Our first Storytellers dinner


DaVinci Wine Storytellers

First evening with 2013 Storytellers Kristina Laurendi Havens and Karista Bennett


Trattoria in Montalcino

Trattoria in Montalcino.

2013 DaVinci Wine Storytellers

Storytellers Jim O’Donnell and Leela Cyd with Videographer Keston Migdal walking to a vineyard near Montalcino

2013 DaVinci Wine Storytellers: Karista Bennett, Leela Cyd, Kristina Laurendi-Havens and Jim O’Donnell

My Favorite Spicy Cabbage Salad

This is one of those salads that can be tweaked to your tastes.  A little more of this a little less of that and it’s perfect.  I’ve given my basic recipe but feel free to prepare this salad how you wish.  I also love this cabbage salad as a slaw for tacos. I use this one for pork, chicken and grilled fish tacos.  Yum!  Delete cukes and replace with thin sliced apples for fish tacos.


For the salad:

1 head of Napa cabbage, halved and thinly sliced

1 cucumber peeled and thinly sliced

1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 bunch of green onions, thinly sliced


1/2 – 3/4 cup mayonnaise

1-2 dashes Sriracha (or more to taste)(Sriracha is Asian hot sauce and can be found in most markets)

1 teaspoon fine ground sugar or dash of agave syrup

1/2 lime juiced (or more to taste depending how juicy the lime)

salt and pepper to taste


Whisk together the mayonnaise, sriracha, sugar and lime juice.  Toss the cabbage in a large bowl with salt and pepper.  Then toss the cabbage with the dressing and plate.  I like to put the salad on a platter and then layer with cucumbers, cilantro and green onions.  It makes a beautiful presentation.

If making this for one or two, I place dressed cabbage in salad bowls or plates and layer with cucumbers, cilantro and green onion.  I have a friend who doesn’t like cilantro,  This salad is just as delish without the cilantro.  To substitute cilantro, toss in some sliced radishes or shredded carrots.




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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    October 19, 2013 at 8:10 am

    You must have had an incredible time…you photos are lovely. My husband and I are in Austria right now just about thirty minutes away from the Italian border. Your photos make me wish we could take our car across the border.

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      October 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

      Karen you must be having a blast! Austria is on my list of travels. 🙂 When I return to Europe, it’ll be hard not to swing by Italy, Have a wonderful trip!

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    October 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Great photos! Looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing!

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      October 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you. It was the time of my life.

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    October 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    take me back to that walk up the hill in montalcino! i get goosebumps just thinking about it. miss you!!

    • Reply
      October 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      My favorite day Leela 🙂

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    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    October 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Karista this trip looked amazing – I loved following along on IG. It really looked like a trip of a lifetime! I cannot wait to see and hear more of the stories and recipes!!!!

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      October 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Alyssa it was amazing. Truly a trip of a lifetime. I’m in the kitchen for the next three days finishing up the recipes. Can’t wait to share 🙂 Hugs and miss you!!

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    October 22, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    What stunning photos, Karista! Truly a lovely adventure. I can’t wait to hear/see more. Big hugs to you!

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      October 23, 2013 at 2:00 am

      Thank you Hannah! It was truly amazing and the trip of a lifetime. Big hugs right back at ya!

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