Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery
This Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery got three thumbs way up when I tested the recipe! And this tasty salad is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and South Beach Diet friendly. If you use approved oil and hot sauce the salad can also be Paleo or Whole 30. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
The minute I saw the Puerto Rican Cabbage Salad
on Champaign Taste, I knew I was going to make some version of this salad, since I adore cabbage salad, and cabbage is one of The World’s Healthiest Foods
. When I made Puerto Rican Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery
I loved it. It got two thumbs up from my sister Val and brother-in-law Jon as well, and I’d say this salad is already destined to be a favorite.
After doing a little internet research about Carribean cabbage salads, I did tweak the recipe a bit, upping the crunch factor with radishes, adding some chopped celery leaves and green onions, and using just a touch of lime juice in the dressing. With those changes I don’t know how authentically Puerto Rican the recipe is, so if you’re a food purist you may just want to call this “cabbage salad.” No matter what you call it, if you try this recipe I predict you’ll love it just as much as I do.
Chop up 5-6 cups of green cabbage, about half of a large head of cabbage.
Chop up 1 cup of tomatoes. (I used the grape tomatoes from Costco that I love in the winter.)
Slice about 1/2 cup of celery and chop 1/2 cup of celery leaves. (If the celery is large, I might cut it in half before slicing.)
Cut about 6 radishes into half-moon slices and slice 1/4 cup green onions.
Toss the salad ingredients together.
Mix together the apple cider vinegar, lime juice, salt, and hot pepper sauce; then whisk in the oil, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Toss the salad with the dressing. Can be served right away or kept in the fridge for a few hours before serving.
Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tomatoes, Radishes, and Celery (Puerto Rican Cabbage Salad)
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe adapted from Puerto Rican Cabbage Salad at Champaign Taste.)
5-6 cups finely chopped green cabbage (about 1/2 large head of cabbage)
1 cup diced tomatoes (I used diced grape tomatoes)
1/2 cup celery, sliced (or if the celery is large, I would cut in half before slicing)
1/2 cup chopped celery leaves (optional, but good)
6 radishes, stem and root cut off and cut into half-moon slices (optional, but good)
1/4 cup sliced green onions (dark green part)
2 T apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4-1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce (I used Sriracha sauce; use any hot sauce that has a good flavor. If you have some type of Carribean hot sauce it would be perfect in this.)
3 T grapeseed oil (or other neutral-flavored oil such as canola will work)
Chop cabbage, tomatoes, and celery leaves, and slice celery, radishes, and green onions. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large bowl. (If making ahead use a plastic bowl with a tight-fitting lid.)
In a small bowl, mix together the apple cider vinegar, fresh lime juice, salt, and hot sauce to taste. (I would start with a smaller amount of hot sauce, because you can always add more.) Whisk in the oil, one tablespoon at a time. Taste to see if you want to add more hot sauce.
Toss salad with desired amount of dressing. (You may not need all the dressing if you omit some of the optional ingredients.) Salad can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a few hours, and is even surprising good when it’s been refrigerated overnight.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Suggestions:
This salad is loaded with healthful low-glycemic
ingredients, and is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet as well as being low-carb, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. And if you use approved hot sauce and oil this salad can easily be Paleo or Whole 30.
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