Monday, August 20, 2012

Purple/Red Cabbage Salad

Purple cabbage or Red cabbage as it is called is a wonderful vegetable, packed fully with a lot of nutrients like Potassium, Vitamins C, A, K and loaded with dietary fiber. It is a good anti oxidant and it contains almost no fat at all. It’s a great vegetable to add in salads. Along with the nutritional benefits it also looks great in salads with its bright color.

Seeing purple cabbages here in plenty makes me want to buy it every time! But a full cabbage will be too much for the two of us, and I don’t like to buy chopped pieces. So when I buy it, I end up making various bright-colored stuff out of it, including purple cabbage rice, stir fry, etc. And one of the best ones and the healthiest is a salad.

Here’s one of my versions…

Purple Cabbage Salad

Preparation time        : 10 min
Cooking time               : Nil
Serves              :  4

Purple / Red Cabbage - 250 g
Carrots - 2 medium or 1 large
Red Onion - 1 small
Red vine vinegar - 2 tsp
Olive Oil - 1 Tbsp
Italian dried herbs - 1 tsp; Can use any of your favorite. I use Basil/Thyme/Oregano
Salt                  - ¼ tsp or as per taste
Black pepper powder - ½ tsp or as per taste
Basil leaves - a few for garnishing
Cream/Sour cream/Crème Fraiche/Yogurt - 2 Tbsp

  • Chop the cabbage length wise into thin long strips
  • Peel and chop carrots also similarly
  • Do the same with onions - slice them vertically into thin long pieces
  • Mix the sliced veggies in a large bowl
  • Add vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs and olive oil
  • Give a good shake, to mix well
  • Finally add cream/yogurt and mix gently
  • Garnish with a few fresh basil leaves and serve
  • I mostly like to chop all the veggies used in a salad uniformly - like in this case, thin ling stripes. That makes the distribution even and looks good too.


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