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Recipe: Purple Cabbage Slaw

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Cabbage is one of the most nutritious and delicious vegetables, so be sure to try this beautiful and hearty slaw. Red cabbage has a stronger taste than green so if you aren't a cabbage eater you might want to make this with the more delicate green or Savoy cabbage first—or you can start with a bag of coleslaw mix, which is just shredded cabbage and carrots.

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

​Kitche​n Gear: 

  • Cutting board

  • Sharp knife (adult needed)

  • Box grater (adult needed)

  • Large blow

  • Measuring cup

  • Measuring spoons


  • 1 head red cabbage (or 1 bag of coleslaw mix)

  • 2 carrots, scrubbed or peeled and grated

  • 8 scallions, finely sliced

  • ¼ cup canola oil

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  1. Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your kitchen gear and ingredients and put them on a clean counter.

  2. Cut the cabbage in half and use a sharp knife to sliver it fine. (This is really a job for an adult.)

  3. Put everything in the bowl and toss well. Taste the slaw. Do you think it needs more vinegar? Salt? Pepper? If so, add it, and taste again. 

  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.


  • Add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil and 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

  • Add 1 cup shredded, cooked chicken (to make it a meal)

  • Add ¼-½ teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you like spicy)​

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