Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Cabbage Salad Rolls

Today I was going to make a cabbage salad for part of our lunch, but once I got out the ingredients the thought was boring for once (we love cabbage salad, so this was distinctly odd!). As a result I ended up fiddling around with the makings for the salad but somewhat reconstructing it and changing the flavourings a little (it was chilly out, so I wanted something warmish).


Six leaves of savoy cabbage, with the little V-shaped stem bit cut out of the base of each

The Stuffing:

2 carrots
1 oz sunflower seeds
1-1/2 tsp white miso
2 slices onion
3 cloves garlic
1 red apple
1 stick celery
1/3 of a thai chili (but make this to your own taste - thai chilies are hot!) - or use cayenne to taste
zest of half a lime
juice of half a lime
Tbsp raw cider vinegar
ground cummin to taste
salt and peppeer if needed

Garnish: I used a handful of alfalfa sprouts, but you could use anything you like :)

Put all ingredients except for the cabbage leaves and whatever garnish you're using into the food processor and chop to a fine texture. Mix well and taste for seasoning. You may need to add salt, pepper, lime juice or vinegar, whatever.

Put a couple of Tbsp of the stuffing onto the centre of each cabbage leaf, fold up the bottom and each side and roll away from you, snugly, until the cabbage forms a package for the filling. If it oozes out you have either not rolled tightly enough or you have used two much filling, so try again :)

Secure each roll with a toothpick if needed (I needed) and place seam-side down on a platter.

Garnish and serve. Eat with knife and fork or with fingers (like a wrap).

Here it is cut on my plate - but I'm so sorry the pic is so blurry. I'd have tried another photo, but there were no more models to pose for it!

We pronounced it a success! And of course it's raw :)

And now here's the apple blossom I immortalized on Saturday!

And those dear little baby maple leaves are so welcome when so many trees are still bare.


VeggieGirl said...

looks like we both posted photographs of spring, on our blogs :0)

Erin said...

Great idea for the cabbage rolls, they look like they would go perfectly in my lunchbox. Thanks for the recipe.

River said...

Hi Veggiegirl - so we did - and I'm nowhere near the expert in photography that I'd like to be. Actually, I've got a long way to go to even achieve the status of rank amateur! :) Still, isn't digital photography fun - no gelatin and instant pics!!! And there's so much there to see and take on camera these spring days (Brrrrr it was was -1C (30F) this am!!!!)

River said...

Erin, so nice of you to comment here :) They ARE very good, I guarantee (well, play with the heat of the spices, of course, to your tasste). But the reason I'm answering quickly is because of your comment "they would go perfectly in my lunchbox." Now I know that that didn't mean you were making it right this minute for tomorrow's nosh, BUT . . .

These were meant to be eaten immediately - or the savoy would wilt horribly and the stuffing would likely get soggy because of the salting agent (miso and whatever) in the mix - it'd make liquid come out of the raw veggies, as you know. So I'd suggest finding a way to drain and roll the stuffing before you roll the separately stored or carried leaves :) Well, I guess we'd do that with any raw foods or salads, right?

Love to have feedback from you. Absolutely STUCK on your lovely 'tartare' on your blog! Everyone should see :) Love and hugs.

River said...

Blogger has just informed me that I may NOT POST (and maybe not this comment either - we'll soon see!) until this blog is reviewed since it has been identified as a possible SPAM Blog :( Good grief!!!

I dunno what to say - how could this mistake have been made? I have clicked in to request a review. If they rule against me, this blog will be removed in 'a few weeks'.

Siggghhhhhhh. This is sooo ironic: I HATE spam. Siggggghhhhhh.

Love and hugs to all.

River said...

And this morning my blog is back to normal. Whew! That ought not to scare us like that!!!!

Love and hugs to all - River :)

Carrie™ said...

Cabbage rolls sound delicious!! Jim is not a huge lover of cabbage, but I am!
Trees are gorgeous.

Rural Vegan said...

The cabbage rolls sound so crunchy and delicious! Your apple tree is beautiful, mine just flowered this morning too!

Kristen's Raw said...

Sounds delicious :)


Veggie said...

these sound great, thanks for the recipe.