Did you know cabbage is one of the healthiest veggies on our lovely planet? Unfortunately or fortunately it’s true. You might be thinking, “But cabbage is so blah.” Yes, it can be a pretty bland vegetable. But if you give that hunk of cabbage a little bit of love in the kitchen it can perform deliciously.
Cabbage lacks the aroma and sweetness of more popular vegetables, but its neutral flavor means it pairs well with a range of dressings, marinades and sauces. It’s a hardy vegetable so it stays fresh longer than any leafy green and is a welcome crunch on salads.
Growing up in the South I developed a fondness for coleslaw (my Oregon-bred husband is not a fan of slaw). Coleslaw has cabbage as its base, but regrettably it is also loaded with mayonnaise, sour cream and sugar. I ignored my husband Andy’s complaints and started making batches and batches of coleslaw with a variety of yogurt dressings. Finally Andy came out of hiding to sample the range and admitted that the winning slaw was good enough to warrant a blog post.
Need extra convincing too? Here’s a rundown of the health benefits of cabbage from The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia:
- Stimulates the lungs, large intestine and stomach
- Good source of anticancer compounds
- Antioxidant, antibiotic and antiviral
- Detoxes the liver (hangover cure!)
- May treat constipation, depression and irritability
I’ve eaten so much cabbage this past week that my liver must be in tip-top shape. Time to wash it down with a glass of wine!
Smoky Red Cabbage Yogurt Slaw Recipe
- ½ red cabbage
- ½ green cabbage
- 2 carrots, grated
- ¼ cup cilantro, minced
- 1 cup organic whole milk yogurt
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice (1 lime)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons agave
- Chiffonade (cut into thin strips) the cabbage and place in a large bowl with the grated carrots and cilantro.
- Combine the yogurt, lime juice, garlic, olive oil, paprika, salt, pepper and agave.
- Pour dressing over cabbage and toss.
- Cover and chill in fridge. For best results make one day ahead to allow cabbage to absorb flavors.
Amazing as a side dish with kebabs, burgers or fish tacos. Check out my recipe for fish tacos with fiery peach avocado salsa on summertomato.com.