For the past 3 months of quarantine, I’ve had a hard time getting Napa Cabbage. I didn’t know how much I’d miss having it in my fridge. I use it in smoothies, salads, soups, and stir-fries. It lasts for months, since you only need a few leaves at a time, and stays crisp, unlike most lettuces. It’s not my favorite vegetable (talking to you, little cucumbers), nor is it that common (several of the shoppers who delivered my groceries during the first months of the quarantine were unsure about what it was).
I’ve substituted peach for the mango, when I don’t have a ripe one, and scallions (since I grow them on my window ledge) for the red onions (although the red onions are crunchier and look better). When I don’t have limes, I’ve substituted bottled ‘Key Lime Juice,’ and that worked too, although it’s a little sweeter. And when I couldn’t get fresh parsley (WHY? Was there a run on parsley at the grocery store?), I substituted cilantro (which is also delicious, but I know some people think it tastes like soap).
That’s it. Just throw this together and enjoy.