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I am so excited to have a guest blogger on my blog! Please welcome Cortni! Cortni is a Finger Lakes native but she has traveled the world doing all kinds of fun and interesting things. Thanks for posting here, Cortni!

Hello everyone! I’m Cortni, I blog over at Yakkafit.com. I am so excited to be guest blogging for In The Finger Lakes. Thank you so much Meredith! Since it is snowy and blustery here in the Finger Lakes, and the holiday season is well upon us, I thought a holiday recipe would be a great idea to share with you all. This recipe has some ingredients from a local business in the Finger Lakes! I’m sharing a zesty, crispy salad that can easily be brought to any holiday get together. It is healthy and delicious, and can even be whipped up a couple of days beforehand. So let’s get started!

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Cinnamon Pear Balsamic from F. Oliver's


1/2 head green or purple cabbage

3 clementines or oranges

2-3 cloves garlic

1/2 small onion

1/2 cup dried cranberries

4 large carrots, peeled

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

This recipe is much easier if you have a food processor or vegetable shredder. If not, no worries! It is still a very simple dish to make.

1. If you have a food processor throw the garlic in first, then add the carrots and cabbage. If not, a knife will work just as well. Thinnly chop the cabbage, carrot, onion, and garlic and combine in a bowl.

2. Peel and divide the clementines, I leave the skin on, but get rid of the excess white stuff. Then cut each of the segment into thirds. Add the clementines to the bowl along with the dried cranberries.

3. Drizzle honey and olive oil over the mixture, add the balsamic vinegar.

4. Slowly stir or toss to combine. Enjoy chilled!

Four steps! That’s it!

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Cinnamon Pear Balsamic from F. Oliver's

I used olive oil and balsamic vinegar in this recipe were from F. Oliver’s. I love this little shop! It is so fun to go in and taste test all of the different vinegars. They now have locations in Canandaigua, Skaneateles, Rochester, and Ithaca! F. Oliver’s imports hand-crafted, small-batch vinegars and olive oils straight from artisans across the globe. There are many unique flavored oils and vinegars and some surprising flavor combinations (Like smoky chipotle, or butter!). It’s a lot of fun to taste different combinations, the people working there are also very knowledgeable and can recommend their favorite recipes and different uses for their products.

I used the Cinnamon Autumn Pear and an unflavored olive oil for this recipe to bring out some fall-like flavors. It added a delicious sweetness and tanginess that went well with the clementines and dried cranberries.

Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Cinnamon Pear Balsamic from F. Oliver's

They recently started selling a whole line of dried herbs that are just amazing. I love the packaging and the quality of the spices is honestly so much better than what you find in a supermarket. Man, they should hire me for their marketing department, haha I swear I just love their products.

I like serving this one because it’s colorful, and something different. I love the autumn flavors and sweetness too.

Thanks again to Meredith at In the Finger Lakes for letting me invade her blog today! Can’t wait to keep up with her further updates! If you’d like to keep up with mine just follow along! Happy Holidays!