Purple cabbage and apple salad

A quick, colourful and delicious dish!

As soon as I saw the gorgeous purple cabbage from Bergeron Gardens in my August Farmers’ Feast basket from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, I knew exactly what I was going to do with it. This beautiful salad is quick to prepare and oh-so-colourful. I love using purple cabbage in salads for the lovely contrast and flavour it provides; just be aware that the vibrant colour will ‘bleed’ into other ingredients so you may not want to assemble this salad until just before serving time. Salty cashews make a great topping but almonds, pistachios or even sunflower seeds would be just as delicious.


  • 1/2 head purple cabbage
  • 1 large apple (I like Romas as they don’t turn brown as quickly)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt, or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) finely minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) minced fresh mint leaves
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons (45 – 60 mL) coarsely chopped salted cashews


  • Shred cabbage really finely with a sharp knife or mandoline. You want 3 cups of shredded cabbage for the given quantity of dressing. Put in a serving bowl.
  • Core and finely slice the apple. Add to cabbage.
  • In a small jar with a tight fitting lid, combine lime juice and salt. Cover and shake until salt dissolves. Add olive oil, shallot, cumin and pepper. Cover and shake again.
  • Drizzle cabbage and apple with dressing. Toss well to combine. If not serving immediately, refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • When ready to serve, add chopped mint and toss. Sprinkle with cashews and serve.

Serves 4.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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