One of the lasting horrors of my youth is white cabbage drenched in poor quality mayonnaise. In other words, good ol’ fashioned coleslaw is to me the stuff of nightmares. I don’t know what it is about mayonnaise, but it brings out the ill-making sulphurous nature of cabbage and tends to spoil it, particularly after a short amount of time has elapsed. This Spiced Red Cabbage Slaw recipe is different; it’s crunchy, flavoursome and light – the perfect vegan accompaniment to delights like falafel, or chickpea burgers.
Slaw ought always to be simple, crunchy and full of a variety of textures. For instance, slaw is a great opportunity to make use of that lonely bag of small seeds at the very back of your well-stocked pantry. Linseeds and sesame seeds function particularly well in this capacity, though sunflower kernels would also perform admirably.
The most important thing to remember when making your slaw is to chop all the ingredients very finely. It’s important to remember that no one wants to chew their way through half a pound of red cabbage – take your time and slice the vegetables into 1-2mm chunks. If you have a mandolin (the kitchen utensil, not the instrument) then use that – it’ll make perfect spiced red cabbage slaw, assuming you don’t lop off a digit or two (seriously, be careful).
Do you have any favourite slaw recipes? Perhaps you’re a fan of mayonnaise drenched white cabbage that tastes like the rough end of an active volcano? I’m always open to ideas!
Spiced Red Cabbage Slaw
- 1 very small red cabbage, finely sliced
- ½ a red onion, finely sliced
- 2 carrots, grated
- 2 tbsp linseeds
- 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
- 1 tsp hot chili flakes
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh herbs (mint, coriander)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare all your ingredients and mix thoroughly in a large bowl. Serve as a side dish, tossing the slaw each time.
Cost: Red cabbage is so cheap – the specimen I used in this slaw set me back a mere 35p! Since the remaining ingredients are also relatively inexpensive, the entire confection should set you back no more than 70p!