Monday, August 06, 2012

Recipe for Moroccan Cabbage Slaw with Carrots, Cumin, Lemon, and Mint

Moroccan Cabbage Slaw with Carrots, Cumin, Lemon, and Mint
I'm always interested in a new salad idea with cabbage and this Moroccan Cabbage Slaw is a keeper!

My fondness for cabbage salads is well-documented on the blog, and this unique Moroccan Cabbage Slaw with Carrots, Cumin, Lemon and Mint is my latest cabbage slaw favorite.  The cumin combined with carrots gives this slaw the Moroccan twist, and when my nephew Jake and I tried the recipe we added the chopped mint, which really made the flavors pop in the salad.  I'm a big fan of green onions as well, so we also used a generous amount of those.  Mint makes this a summertime slaw recipe, and for a Meatless Monday Meal I'd love this salad combined with some lovely Grilled Vegetables from the garden!

Not only is cabbage crunchy and delicious, but it's a cruciferous vegetable, which makes it a nutritional powerhouse for a Meatless Monday menu option.  (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index, and I'm also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch.  For more Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, check Meatless Monday at BlogHer, where I write a weekly post spotlighting one of the fabulous meatless recipe ideas I find around the web.)

Thinly slice and chop enough green cabbage to make 4-5 cups of sliced cabbage.

You can grate carrots yourself, but I love these thicker shredded carrots in salads.

Prepare 1/2 cup each of sliced green onions and chopped fresh mint.

Whisk together the mayo, lemon juice, ground cumin, and sweetener of your choice to make the dressing.

Stir together the cabbage, carrots, and green onions and then combine with enough dressing to moisten all the salad ingredients. 

Then stir in the chopped mint and serve.

Moroccan Cabbage Slaw with Carrots, Cumin, Lemon, and Mint
(Makes 6-8 servings; recipe adapted from The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook.)

Salad Ingredients:
4-5 cups thinly sliced green cabbage
2 cups shredded carrots (I like the thick pre-shredded carrots that come in a bag for this)
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayo or light mayo (do not use fat-free)
2 T fresh-squeezed lemon juice (I use my frozen fresh lemon juice)
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. sugar, Splenda, or Stevia in the Raw Granulated (use Splenda or Stevia for South Beach Diet)

Thinly slice enough green cabbage to make 4-5 cups thinly sliced cabbage.   Grate carrots to make 2 cups shredded carrots (or use the shredded carrots in a bag like I did, which are slightly thicker than the carrots you grate by hand.)  Thinly slice green onions and chop the mint (washing and drying it first if using garden mint.)

Whisk together the mayo, fresh lemon juice, ground cumin, and sweetener of your choice to make the dressing.  Combine sliced cabbage, shredded carrots, and sliced green onions in a bowl; then stir in enough dressing to moisten all the ingredients.  Stir in chopped mint, season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve.

If this makes more salad than you are going to eat at one time, I would only add mint to the portion of salad you're going to use.  Refrigerate the mint and leftover salad separately and add mint to the rest of the salad just before you eat it.

South Beach Suggestions:
The addition of carrots would make this cabbage slaw limited to phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet.  If you're actively trying to use weight, I would use at least half light mayo for the dresssing.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you. 

More Meatless Cabbage Salads to Enjoy!
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Red Cabbage Salad with Walnuts, Raisins, Feta, and Mustard Dressing from The Perfect Pantry
Spicy Lime Coleslaw from Kalyn's Kitchen
Ottolenghi's Cabbage and Kohlrabi Salad from The Taste Space
Val's Sweet Cabbage Slaw with Green Onions and Parsley from Kalyn's Kitchen
Cabbage Salad with Soy Sauce and Raisins from Cafe Liz 
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. I've never really come around to most slaws, I think because the ones of my youth were slathered in so much mayo! But this sounds truly refreshing...and I'm never one to turn down Moroccan flavors!

  2. I love cabbage slaws too. They are seasonless - or at least they are at my house!

  3. I let mint "free range" in my herb garden, so I'm always looking for new ways to use it. Love the combination of flavorings in this dressing, and can't wait to try the recipe.

  4. I often add cabbage to salads to give it a bit of a crunch. This recipe looks wonderful.

  5. Thanks everyone; so glad people are liking this!

  6. Wow! I love slaw - this would be a great side dish for a tagine. Can't wait to make it.


  7. Thanks Mimi, that sounds like a great combination!

  8. My daughter and i love making salads. There is no one in my family who has tried this slew for sure. I am so excited and cannot wait to try this Moroccan slew. Ingredients are readily available and the preparation instructions are supper easy. We will try this today! Thanks.

  9. Kalyn, you have such a way with cabbage. I love slaws as an alternative to salads, and this one was delicious. I mixed it together except for the mint and tasted it before and after the mint. I love it both ways. If I can't find mint, I wouldn't hesitate to make it without. I also might serve it with a lemon wedge for an extra squeeze of acidity just before eating. Really delicious! Thanks for all you do to keep me and my family eating healthy choices.

  10. Amy, so glad you enjoyed it. I guess you can tell that I'm crazy about cabbage!

  11. This flavor combination sounds fantastic!


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