Purple Is My Favorite Cabbage…

Yesterday I wrote about my obsession with the lusciousness that is sweetened condensed milk.

Today I want to discuss another love of mine.

It’s crunchy, bright, a bit sweet, and adds a rainbow quality to dishes.

Purple Cabbage.

Purple cabbage?

Yes.

Purple cabbage.

I adore it. The way it feels fresh and alive when you take a bite. There’s a sweetness to it that green cabbage doesn’t have.

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And it’s really pretty to look at!

It’s PURPLE!  My favorite color!

My kids claim to dislike cabbage…both green and purple.

Gigi saw a purple cabbage cut in half and marveled at its pattern work.

Then told me she still hated it.

It is quite an exquisite looking vegetable, don’t you think?

Now I don’t like cooked cabbage AT ALL!

Man-Farmer loves sauerkraut, but I find the odor and stringiness of it to be off-putting.

I prefer it raw.

Or shredded into a slaw.

And I enjoy either a vinegar or cream-based slaw dressing.

Then I eat it as a side or on a hot dog or nestled into a shrimp taco or on top of a spicy black bean burger.

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I like using a mandoline to shred it. I do wish I had a bigger mandoline, one that stands itself up on the countertop, but I do achieve what I need with my hand-held version.

To make a slaw, first julienne some green cabbage..,

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then julienne some purple cabbage.

Look!

Already there’s such a punch of color in this simple dish!

Grab a carrot or two and slice it thinly with your mandoline as well.

I like the fun circles that using the end of a whole carrot created with the mandoline.

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Toss them all together in a large bowl.

To make a creamy slaw dressing…

In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup mayo with 1/4 cup sour cream. Add salt and pepper to taste and squeeze the juice of 2-4 small limes (1-2 large limes) into mixture. I like a lot of zesty tart lime flavor in my slaw, so I usually add 4 small limes. You can also add some zest from the limes for more color. Stir together and pour over julienned vegetables right before serving.

I prefer my slaw to be crunchy, which is why I wait to dress the cabbage right before I eat it, but you can make this ahead of time and let the cabbage soften a bit in the creamy dressing in the fridge.

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