There is something wonderful about a simple raw apple cabbage coleslaw salad recipe. This recipe adds some tart apple for a tangy flavor! This is a great recipe for a simple lunch. Or, it could be a good side dish for any dinner meal or family gathering such as Thanksgiving (coming sooner than you think folks!). I love to slice all the veggies/fruit into long strips. Gives it a nice texture and looks pretty. All the colors in this salad are so healthy for you. I highly recommend eating a rainbow daily! Meaning, you should eat foods of all colors as they can all be of benefit to your health.
Here are the colors of foods and how they benefit you:
RED: These foods contain a phytochemical called Lycopene which helps eliminate free radicals in our bodies and fight some cancers!
ORANGE: These foods contain beta-carotene which our bodies convert into Vitamin A. This benefits our eyes, bone growth and health of the immune system. It also contains alpha carotene helping kick out free radicals in our bodies and protects against cancer.
YELLOW AND LIGHT GREEN: These contain Lutein which also benefit the eyes and help prevent blindness by reducing your risk for developing macular degeneration. The leafy greens also contain beta carotene.
DARK GREEN: These cruciferous veggies are full of cancer fighting compounds such as sulforaphane, isothiocyanate and indole. These help build up enzymes that remove toxins from the body.
BLUE, PURPLE AND DEEP RED: These contain anthocyanins and proanthocyanins – which are heart healthy and brain healthy antioxidants.
WHITE: Contain allicin, which is helpful for preventing cancer.
If you’re interested in the benefits of apples, you’ll enjoy this fantastic and highly informative article from Well-Being Secrets about the benefits of Apples.
I hope you enjoy this colorful salad. It’s a good choice for anyone on a healthy journey. It’s considered gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan and vegetarian.
APPLE CABBAGE COLESLAW
- 1/4 small red or green cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 tart apple, chopped
- 1/2 large stalk celery, chopped
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 TBSP raw honey
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- Combine cabbage, apple, celery, and bell pepper together in a bowl.
- Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour over coleslaw and toss to combine all together. Enjoy!