Red Cabbage Salad with Figs and WalnutsCourse: Salads, Starters, Side DishCuisine: Western, VeganDifficulty: Easy
This vegan red cabbage salad brings together figs and walnuts – perfect as an appetizer, but also incredibly delicious as a winter main course!
21 oz (600g) red cabbage
5.3 oz (150g) carrots
4 spring onions
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
2.5 oz (70g) dried soft figs
5 tbsp nut oil (e.g., walnut or hazelnut oil)
2 tsp maple syrup
Freshly ground pepper
1.5 oz (40g) walnuts (kernels)
- Clean and trim the red cabbage and carrots. Clean and rinse the spring onions. Slice or shred all the vegetables very finely and mix them with 1 teaspoon of salt and vinegar. Knead the mixture with your hands for about 3 minutes to tenderize the salad, then let it rest for approximately 30 minutes.
- Dice the figs finely. Mix oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper, and combine with the red cabbage salad and figs.
- Coarsely chop the walnuts and toast them in a pan without oil. Season the salad with salt, pepper, and maple syrup to taste. Sprinkle with the toasted walnuts before serving.
- Prepare the salad the day before and let it marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
- I love adding chestnuts to this salad to enhance the “autumn vibe”.
- Eating cabbage offers various health benefits, making it a cost-effective and simple way to reduce cholesterol. Steamed cabbage binds with bile acids, aiding in the absorption of less cholesterol. For women in menopause, cabbage, especially red cabbage, contains phytoestrogens that may alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes and contribute to hormone balance.
- Other benefits include its anti-aging properties due to vitamin C, promoting skin, hair, and teeth health. Cabbage’s healing properties are notable for treating skin irritations like acne and insect bites. Its sulfur and vitamin A content stimulate hair growth, preventing hair loss. Cabbage’s glucosinolates have cancer-preventive properties, reducing the risk of various cancers.
- As an immunity booster, cabbage’s high vitamin C content stimulates detoxifying enzymes. The presence of vitamin K and anthocyanins helps protect cognitive functions and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. Additionally, its low-calorie and high-fiber content make cabbage an ideal component for weight loss, providing satiety without excessive calories while offering essential nutrients.