Raw Vegan Curried Cabbage Salad Recipe

Cold raw cabbage salad

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Ratings (10)
  • Total: 70 mins
  • Prep: 70 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
272 Calories
19g Fat
23g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 994mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Protein 7g
Calcium 173mg 13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Omnivores often have a hard time understanding that vegan food can be just as flavorful and interesting as dishes with animal products in it. On top of that, few understand that raw food, despite being cold, is delicious, too.

Raw foods are those that have never been heated above 104 to 118 degrees F nor pasteurized, refined, treated with pesticides, or processed in any other way. It's thought that food that's been cooked no longer offers the natural enzymes that are beneficial to human health, therefore they are not as nutritious. Additionally, cooking the food destroys the "life force" that's inherent in raw foods. It's thought that following a raw food diet can boost overall health, including increasing energy and reducing chronic disease symptoms.

Those who adhere to the raw food diet eat mostly fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, with herbs, spices, and condiments that fit within the criteria of the diet, much like in this recipe for Curried Cabbage Salad, which is much like a slaw. When you buy ingredients such as olive oil, soy sauce, and spices, double-check that they haven't been cooked or processed in any way.

Ingredients

  • 1 head green cabbage
  • 1/3 cup raw shredded flaked coconut
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (if raw, use Nama Shoyu)
  • 1/3 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Slice the cabbage into thin strips and place them into a large bowl. Add the shredded, flaked coconut.
  3. In a small- to medium-sized bowl, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, and all the spices. Use a whisk to combine thoroughly.
  4. Toss together all ingredients in a large bowl, making sure cabbage is evenly coated with the dressing.
  5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on the top of the salad.
  6. Chill for at least an hour and toss thoroughly again before serving. This will allow all the flavors to mingle and blend.

Recipe Variations

While this base recipe is flavorful and healthy, making a few tweaks can keep the dish interesting each time you make it.

  • Raisins are somewhat controversial on the raw food diet, though it's generally acceptable if the raisins were dried only by the sun, which means the grapes don't get hot enough to be "cooked." If you feel comfortable with including raisins in your diet, add about a half-cup of either the golden or the traditional variety for a bit of sweetness.
  • Diced raw apples can also provide a way of adding sweetness to the recipe without including any cooked or processed ingredients.
  • If you're missing a bit of a crunch, add a half-cup of your favorite nut or seed, such as unprocessed walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds.
  • For a bit more color, mix sliced green and purple cabbage together. A garnish of freshly chopped parsley will add a burst of vivid green to the top of the slaw.
  • Play around with the spices that you use to create flavor in the salad, adding in ground ginger, the spice blend Garam Masala, or cayenne pepper.
  • Lime juice works just as well as lemon juice for an acidic component.