Yes I do already have slaw recipes on the blog…My Cabbage, Apple & Pomegranate Salad with Ginger-Almond Dressing and my Asian-style Cabbage Slaw. What can I say? I like cabbage!
It’s another vegetable that doesn’t get much positive attention but I’m sure that’s because people have been fed it either boiled until it’s grey and lifeless, or in a coleslaw drowned in mayonnaise, rather than crunchy and vibrant as it is in a slaw.
I hope I’ve convinced you because this salad has a double dose of cabbage! As well as the shredded red cabbage I’ve added a good scoop of raw sauerkraut to the mix too. There’s been a lot of buzz about fermented foods over recent months and sauerkraut falls into this category. Made from just cabbage and salt and left to ferment it’s teeming with good bacteria which we need to keep our digestive systems in balance. A happy tummy is so important as digestive health plays a key role in every aspect of the body’s functions.
I’ve been using the variety pictured above from Raw Health but should really start making my own as it’s so easy and cheap. If you are going to buy it make sure you get the unpasteurized kind (found in the refrigerated section) if you want the health benefits.
I threw in lots of other vegetables to this slaw for a real veg-fest! Cooling cucumber and radish, fennel for that tasty bite, kale for the all-important green factor and a large handful of fresh mint. It was wonderfully refreshing.
Super Sauerkraut Slaw:
1/2 Small head red cabbage, thinly sliced
1C (packed) Chopped kale
1 Fennel bulb, trimmed and thinly sliced
1/4 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1/2C Sliced radishes
1/2 Medium cucumber, thinly sliced
3/4C Raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut, well drained
2-3 Green onions, sliced
Large handful of roughly chopped mint
3T Olive oil
2T Apple cider vinegar
1T Agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener, e.g. maple syrup, yacon syrup, etc.)
1/2T Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper, to taste
Toss together all the vegetables in large bowl. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the salad. Toss well. The flavour is best after leaving this salad to sit for a few hours so the vegetables can soak up the flavours and soften slightly.
Cabbage, yay or nay?