Crunchy red cabbage combine with tart Granny Smith apples and pungent red onions to create a light and refreshing side dish. This slaw is creamy, zesty and full of flavor. It really hits the spot.
You can serve it as a side dish for cookouts or add black beans and take on the go for lunch. The cabbage stands up to the dressing without getting soggy and it only gets tastier overnight as all the flavors meld together. I sometimes add the slaw to almond flour tortillas with some avocado and hemp seeds for an easy, nutritious lunch wrap.
Spiralizing the red cabbage and apple saves so much time (and energy). In seconds, a spiralizer turns these hard to chop items into the perfect sized slaw ingredients. This is the only spiralizer I have and love (and the only one I recommend) (affiliate link). For the red cabbage, simply remove the tough end and the outer leaves and position on your spiralizer on the thickest blade. For the apple, you don't need to peel or prep anything. Just spiralize with the stem facing the blades of the spiralizer. While my spiralizer is out and in use, I like to also spiralize the red onion. I peel off the skin and cut one end off then position on the spiralizer with the intact end of the onion on the prongs. Spiralize on the thinnest blade until you reach the half way point. If you do not have a spiralizer then you can finely chop the cabbage, apple and onion.
Red (also known as purple) cabbage is a powerhouse vegetable offering so many health benefits. It is low in calories (22 per serving) and full of heart healthy fiber and antioxidants, phytochemicals and vitamins. In fact, just one serving contains more than half of your daily intake for vitamin C. According to the Produce for Better Health Foundation, purple colored vegetables, like red cabbage, can help you to beat the effects of aging. They provide powerful antioxidants and may help with memory and urinary tract health. Plus, purple vegetables may reduce cancer risks.
This recipe is vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free. If you use maple syrup it is considered refined sugar-free.
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Creamy Spiralized Red Cabbage and Green Apple Slaw with Cilantro and Lime
- Total Time: 20 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
Fresh, delicious slaw with a creamy, zesty dressing! Just 20 minutes required for this incredibly healthy side dish, snack, or lunch wrap base!
- ½ large head red cabbage, spiralized on Blade A (largest cut) of the Inspiralizer, or thinly sliced
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, spiralized on blade C of the Inspiralizer, or thinly sliced or diced
- ½ red onion, spiralized on blade D of the Inspiralizer, or diced
- 4 green onions, diced
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 large juicy lime, juiced
- 3 tablespoons soy-free, vegan mayo (I like Just Mayo brand)
- 1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon fine sea salt (or more to taste)
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- In a large mixing bowl stir to combine all ingredients. Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more salt for overall flavor, more mayo for creaminess, more agave or maple syrup for sweetness and more lime juice for acidity.
- Serve well chilled. Excellent served as a side for a cookout or with black beans and avocado in a wrap for an easy lunch. Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Category: Side Dish
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