One look at a red cabbage and you might see just another dull vegetable. But look a little closer and you’ll find an explosion of nutritional goodness. This humble cabbage, along with apples, grapes, and pomegranate seeds, is the main ingredient in this incredibly refreshing and delicious salad recipe. It’s inspired by Dr Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, UK Master Chef winner and author of the inspiring cookbook, “The Kitchen Prescription” (Buy it here).
Red Cabbage: A Nutritional Powerhouse
Let’s understand why these ingredients are not only delicious but also beneficial. Red cabbage is a superfood in its own right. It’s packed with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that plays a critical role in protecting our bodies from harmful elements. Apples, grapes, and pomegranate seeds, meanwhile, contain a significant amount of fibre, benefiting our intestines and promoting gut health.
This salad serves four, and it is as easy to prepare as it is nutritious. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- ½ small red cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 red apple, cored and finely chopped
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 300 grams red seedless grapes, halved
- 300 grams pomegranate seeds
- Juice of one lemon
- 300 ml. crème fraiche or soured cream
- ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes
- Salt, to taste
For optimal results, you should use some high-quality kitchen equipment. A good stainless steel mixing bowl ensures everything is mixed thoroughly, and some good measuring cups allow for precision in every step.
Combine the cabbage, apple, red onion, grapes, and pomegranate seeds in your mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, crème fraiche, chilli flakes, and salt. Give it all a good mix, making sure the ingredients are well combined. The mixing bowl, with its sturdy base, is perfect for this task. Once everything’s mixed in, transfer the salad to the fridge. The salad is best eaten cold, adding a refreshing crispness to your meal.
In all, this red cabbage salad is a colourful feast of textures and flavours. Not only does it offer a variety of health benefits, but it’s also a vibrant addition to any meal. It’s light, fresh, and full of the goodness of apples, grapes, and pomegranate seeds, all playing their part in a symphony of taste that is sure to captivate everyone’s palate.
Red Cabbage, Apple, Grapes and Pomegranate Seed Salad
- Combine the cabbage, apple, red onion, grapes, and pomegranate seeds in your mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, crème fraiche, chilli flakes, and salt. Give it all a good mix, making sure the ingredients are well combined.
- Once everything's mixed in, transfer the salad to the fridge. The salad is best eaten cold, adding a refreshing crispness to your meal.
What is red cabbage good for?
Red cabbage is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, and it’s also high in fibre and antioxidants. It can aid in digestion and boost overall health.
How does red cabbage taste compared to green cabbage?
Red cabbage has a slightly more peppery and robust flavour compared to green cabbage, which is a bit more on the mild and sweet side.
Can red cabbage be eaten raw?
Yes, red cabbage can be eaten raw and is often used in salads and coleslaws. Eating it raw also preserves its high vitamin C content.
Is red cabbage good for weight loss?
Red cabbage is low in calories and high in fibre, making it a good choice for weight loss. It can make meals more filling, reducing the likelihood of overeating.
How should I store red cabbage?
Whole red cabbage should be stored in a cool, dark place. If it’s cut, you should wrap it tightly in plastic and store it in the refrigerator.