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Purple Power Slaw

Makes 4 large portions

As soon as summer arrives, we all want to add some sunshine to our meals. How about adding a little purple power to your next creation? 

Purple is a bit of a power colour in nature. Studies reveal that purple foods tend to be higher in anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant. Most supermarkets have got into the purple groove with many unusual new purple vegetable varieties becoming standard on their shelves.

This dish is a great way of getting more colours into your diet and an easy way to make your dishes look more exciting and sneak in those extra vitamins.

You will need...

1 small or 1/2 larger red cabbage, core removed and chopped into large chunks

150g purple sprouting broccoli

100g purple kale sprouts

1 small handful of green beans, topped and tailed

1 small handful of purple mangetout

2–3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3–4 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt

Sumac

 

Let's get going... 

  1. Place the central chopping attachment into the main bowl of the food processor and add in the chunks of red cabbage. Pulse until chopped evenly. Tip into a waiting bowl.

  2. Add in the broccoli and kale sprouts and repeat (they tend to be slightly more robust veg, so they may take a little longer to chop). Add to the mix.

  3. Repeat with the beans and mangetout.

  4. Place the vinegar, olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt and sumac into a jam jar. Replace the lid and shake vigorously.

  5. Pour the dressing over the slaw and mix well.

Morph your slaw

Stir-fried Purple Power with Bean Sprouts

  1. Heat a little oil (I use coconut oil) in a pan or wok over a medium heat and add in a handful of washed, fresh bean sprouts. Stir to coat in the oil.
  2. Add in any slaw and mix into the bean sprouts. Cook for 2–3 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Sprinkle over some dried chilli flakes and serve with a piece of cooked, flaked salmon.

Toppers for your slaw (pictured)

A piece of grilled salmon and a few blackberries makes this into an Instagram-worthy slaw.

Recipe taken from SuperSlaw: Blitz Your Way to 5 A Day by Jill Greenwood (Ebury Press, £12.99)