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“Summer of Salad” Tangy Tahini Slaw

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When deciding which of my favourite salads I would be sharing with you during this months Summer of Salad series there was no doubt in my mind that my new found obsession – cabbage + tahini would be top of the list.


But, lets be honest, cabbage is not the most desirable vegetable you come across at your local farmers market and is clearly not in a hurry to win any veggie beauty contests. And really, who hasn’t had a serious cabbage recipe fail that has been enough to turn you off eating it for life!


So, in order to give the humble cabbage a fair go in your kitchen, I take full responsibility to a) enlighten you as to why you should be eating this seriously nutritious vegetable and b) give you a simple and delicious recipe that will change your view of cabbage forever. Here it goes.


5 reasons why you should be eating (raw) cabbage now!


1. Cancer fighting goodness – this cruciferous vegetable is riddled with antioxidants, making it a super free-radical (chemicals that cause cell damage in the body) fighter!


2. Fibre - definitely one of the most important components of a wholesome and healthy diet. Cabbage contains heaps of fibre, both soluble and insoluble. This means that not only do you get the benefit of feeling fuller for longer as a result of slowed digestion and lowered blood sugar levels (soluble), but also ensures your bowel is toxin free by moving things along  smoothly and regularly (insoluble).


3. Anti-inflammatory. Yup, cabbage is packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients that assist in ridding your body from any unwanted (and sometimes unnoticed) inflammation.


4. Brain boosting vitamins – Found in cabbage (especially purple) is the often forgotten vitaman K. Vitamin K boosts mental function and concentration and defends against neural degenerative diseases like Alzheimers and dementia.


5. Keeps your blood and heart happy- Cabbage is naturally high in folate (part of the B vitamin group), it’s most necessary function being to support the your body’s production of red blood cells. Strong blood = strong heart!





1/2 small cabbage or 1/4 large – shredded

1 carrot – peeled into ribbons

1/2 red capsicum – sliced

small bunch kale – roughly chopped

2-3 heaped tbsp tahini

juice of 1 lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (use less if you like)

pink Himalayan salt  and pepper to taste



Toasted sunflower seeds and pepitas

handful of beans or chickpeas


Place cabbage, capsicum, carrot and Kale in a bowl.

To make dressing, combine olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, salt and pepper in a small bowl and whisk until well emulsified.

Pour dressing onto salad and toss well until veggies are well coated. If you can wait (I never can) allow to sit for a few minutes to soften.

Top with chopped parsley and toasted seeds or beans.



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