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Rainbow Slaw

Rainbow Slaw

This sweet crunchy salad is as nutritious as it is colourful. In fact it’s so full of vitamins and minerals that I’m just going to point out that it’s full of stuff that is good for your eyesight and contains lots of antioxidants which may have anti-inflammatory effects. That second point does sound a bit weak but it’s definitely good for your eyes. Also, even forgetting about nutrition, crunching on raw vegetables is very good your teeth.

I’ve mentioned before that I am looking for ways to include broccoli in more dishes and this salad original started out as just adding broccoli to a purple coleslaw. Then after finding out that radishes are actually really really good for you I decided I wanted to try any add these to dishes also. In particular they are very good at helping the liver and gallbladder function well. This salad only contains a few radishes but it’s a start. Then I noticed I nearly had the colours of a rainbow, so I just added in yellow pepper to make it as close to the full spectrum of colours as possible – eat the rainbow…

It’s important to note that purple cabbage, broccoli and radishes are all from the cabbage family of vegetables and consuming high quantities of cabbage might cause hypothyroidism. So while these vegetables are very very good for you, it might be a good idea to limiting your consumption of a cabbage dish to once every second day, or something like that. Everything in moderation. Also cabbage, in particular purple (red) cabbage, contains high levels of vitamin K. Vitamin K helps your blood to clot, a good thing, except if you are on blood thinning medication, as it may interfere with your medication.

Because this salad is so crunchy and has just a little dressing it makes a great accompaniment to stodgy (but satisfying) meals like Shepherd’s Pie or Potato & Leek Pie. It’s also a good open sandwich topping for sandwiches with hummus or mayonnaise.

Rainbow Slaw Ingredients
Purple cabbage, pink radishes, red apple, red grapes, carrot, yellow pepper and green broccoli – almost the whole rainbow…

Rainbow Slaw

Rainbow Slaw


  • 1/4 head of purple cabbage
  • 100g broccoli
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 5 - 7 radishes
  • 1 large carrot
  • handful of sweet seedless grapes (either red or green)
  • 1 sweet apple (either red or green)
  • 6 dessertspoons honey mustard vinaigrette


  1. Remove tough outer leaves on the cabbage. Completely cut out any white core and stem and discard. Slice the cabbage as thinly as possible and add to salad bowl.
  2. Chop up the broccoli thinly and add to the bowl.
  3. Remove the stem, core and seeds from the pepper and slice the flesh thinly. Add to the bowl.
  4. Top and tail and the radishes and slice as thinly as possible. Add to the bowl.
  5. Top and tail the carrot, peel and grate. Add to the bowl.
  6. Halve the grapes and add them to bowl.
  7. Cut the core out of the apple and slice the apple and add to the bowl. A quick way of doing this is to use the cheese slicer side of your grater, just be careful of your fingers!
  8. Pour the dressing over and mix around and it's ready to serve.

vegan wholemeal scones with salad
Vegan wholemeal scones, some hummus and some rainbow slaw. Pretty colourfull…
Rainbow Slaw with Vegan Shepherds Pie
Some comfort, some crunch – Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with some Rainbow Slaw and a few garden peas.
Rainbow Slaw
Crunch your way through the rainbow.