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They say that necessity is the mother of invention and I have certainly identified this to be correct with recipe creation. This oriental cabbage salad is a single of these recipes that came about at a moment when there had been incredibly couple of components to select from. In these conditions I am generally shocked how an exciting dish can come with each other with the simplest of combinations.

I obtain I have my preferred components that I typically go to on a each day basis. I have a tendency to appreciate salads with lettuce, cucumber, tomato and avocado for the reason that they are so hydrating and refreshing. But there are so several other veggies you can consume raw to develop a scrumptious salad and it does not usually have to involve a base of leafy greens.


I made this red cabbage slaw recipe at the finish of the week, the day ahead of our common grocery haul, so there wasn’t a lot in the property. I identified some red cabbage and a single carrot in the fridge along with a handful of sugar snap peas and Thai basil.  It didn’t appear promising but I went with the inspiration from some of the salads I enjoyed in Thailand and added a sweet and spicy dressing and was pleasantly shocked how it turned out.

This salad appears like a good alternative for the cooler months when cabbage is in season. Red cabbage is a superior selection than common white cabbage for the reason that it has a a lot far better nutritional profile. Compared to white cabbage the red ones have twice as a lot iron, vitamin C and vitamin K, and ten occasions additional beta carotene.


Scientists have identified 36 anthocyanins in red cabbage, which are antioxidants that may perhaps guard against cancer, increase brain function and help a healthful heart.  Study also shows that a lot of the anthocyanin content material is destroyed by cooking, so consuming red cabbage raw is the very best way to get the added benefits of these phytonutrients.

Cabbage in basic is also a superior selection if you are on a price range as it is usually affordable and goes a extended way. It is ranked fourth on the “Clean 15” list from the Environmental Operating Group, which implies it is a single of the vegetables with the lowest likelihood of containing pesticide residues. So this also tends to make it significantly less essential to purchase organic compared to other vegetables.

To shred the cabbage I like to use my ceramic mandoline for the reason that it slices the veggies seriously thin, producing a nicer texture as nicely as becoming simpler on digestion. If you do not have a single just attempt to slice the cabbage as finely as you can. I made use of a common box grater for the carrots.

Thai basil has a seriously exclusive flavor, which is additional pungent with a hint of aniseed. I seriously appreciate it and it is element of what tends to make this a Thai salad – even even though this is not a classic Thai recipe. If you obtain it as well sturdy or if it is not accessible in your region then common basil must perform just fine, or you could attempt it with cilantro. A mixture of basil and cilantro would also be good.

Commonly in a Thai salad I would use shallots for the reason that they are crunchier and have a slightly milder flavor, but red onions was what I had on hand and they worked just fine. I also sliced these thinly with the mandoline.


The garlic and cayenne can be fairly sturdy but it wouldn’t be a Thai salad without the need of some heat! Of course if you are sensitive you can cut down the amounts or just leave them out.

The recipe includes Vega Omega Oil , which is a single of my preferred oils to use in salads for its mild nutty flavor and for a enhance of crucial fatty acids. If you favor you could attempt working with hempseed, sesame or even a superior top quality olive oil alternatively.

I believe of this recipe as additional of an appetizer salad or side dish, rather than a comprehensive meal in itself. There’s only so a lot raw cabbage most of us can consume due to the fact it is additional complicated to digest than the tender leafy greens. Although if you add half an avocado on the side, along with some other raw or steamed veggies, this could turn into a fairly satisfying meal.

Thai Red Cabbage Slaw



Serves: two


  • two cups red cabbage, shredded
  • ½ cup sugar snap peas, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • ¼ red onion, sliced thin
  • ½ cup Thai basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 tangerine, juiced
  • two limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • two tablespoons Vega Omega oil


  1. Place garlic, tangerine juice, lime juice, coconut sugar, salt, cayenne pepper and oil in a substantial salad bowl and whisk all the things with each other to make the dressing.
  2. Add the shredded cabbage, sugar snap peas, carrot, red onion and Thai basil and toss it all with each other with the dressing.
  3. Get pleasure from instantly


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