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Ukrainian Cabbage Salad by Farida

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“Just a nice lil' crunchy Ukrainian cabbage salad I found about or around a year ago whilst interwebs surfing. The goal is to add a pleasant tang to the salad, and sour berries do the job nicely. Plus, they make for an eye-catching presentation. Use whichever berry is in season.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 small head cabbage, about 1 pound, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and cut into matchstick strips
  • 3 -4 tablespoons chopped green onions, green parts only
  • olive oil, to taste (traditionally sunflower oil is used)
  • freshly squeezed juice lemon, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoonful of sour berries, such as cranberries, fresh or 1 dried lingonberries or 1 dried barberries or 1 sour cherry


  1. Place the cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon salt.
  2. Mix, squeezing with your hands to soften, about a minute.
  3. Leave aside for 15 minutes, to allow the juices to extract. Squeeze the cabbage with your hands to remove as much moisture as possible.
  4. Try not to mash them. They should be tender but should still hold their shape. Place the cabbage back in the bowl.
  5. Add the apple and green onions. Add the olive oil, lemon juice to taste.
  6. Season with salt if needed (the cabbage may still have some salt, so don’t over-salt), and black pepper to taste.
  7. Sprinkle with a little sugar, if you wish (optional).
  8. Toss to combine.
  9. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Garnish with berries of your choice.
  11. Prep time estimated and only approximately.

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