Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Purple Cabbage Slaw With Fresh Grapes

Purple cabbage is in season right now. Take advantage of the abundance and add this powerful vegetable to your menu.

I created this recipe with breast cancer in mind. Cabbage, onions, grapes, ginger and cilantro help you detox your body. Each has its own quality and will help you protect your body from oxidative stress and chronic inflammation. Research demonstrated that each of these ingredients has some anticancer properties:
  • Cabbage contains anti-oxidant compounds such as indole-3-carbinol, lutein, zeaxanthin, sulforaphane and isothiocyanates. These compounds can help protect against certain cancers including breast, colon, and the prostate cancer;
  • Onions contain flavonoid quercetin that has been shown to reduce risk of many cancers. They are also rich in allicin which protects liver and kills cancer cells;
  • Grapes are rich in powerful antioxidant resveratrol. Studies demonstrated that resveratrol has the potential to possibly prevent cancerous growth in breast tissue, in the liver, stomach and the lymphatic system;
  • Ginger - research demonstrated that ginger is toxic to cancer cells;
  • Cilantro helps remove heavy metals, harmful chemicals and pesticides from the body. This is important because all these substances may lead to a formation of cancer cells within the body.

In addition, the anthocyanins or the compounds that give the cabbage, onions and grapes their purple hue, have the capacity to reduce the growth of cancer cells in the colon, breast and liver. 


Ingredients:

for the salad
  • 1 small purple cabbage, shredded 
  • 2 cups purple grapes, halved (you may want to remove the seeds)
  • 2 medium large purple onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

for the dressing
  • 1 inch chunk fresh ginger root, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (use apple cider vinegar if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/4 cup purified water
  • 1 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


Method:
  • Using a blender whiz a creamy dressing. Taste the dressing and add more salt or vinegar if needed.
  • Put shredded cabbage and chopped onions into a large bowl. Add dressing and mix well. Cover the bowl and allow it to rest in the fridge for 15 minutes or so.
  • Take the salad bowl out of the fridge. Add grapes and chopped cilantro. Mix gently. Serve right away and enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2014

*This article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

         

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