Herb-Friendly Recipe: Cabbage Slaw with Basil

Try this interesting twist on coleslaw
Bright yellow bowl full of red cabbage slaw with beets, apples and basil

This colorful variation on coleslaw is heavy on fiber, vitamins, minerals and basil, a particularly healthy herb. Basil has a strong, sweet flavor with a hint of pepper and contains:

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  • Antioxidants to protect healthy cells from damage.
  • Infection-fighters that target bacteria.
  • Fire-fighters to reduce the inflammation at the root of many diseases.
  • Vitamin C to keep colds from worsening.
  • Calcium and magnesium that work together to keep bones strong.
  • Iron for energy.
  • Potassium to help muscles function and control fluids, minerals and blood pressure.


3 cups shredded green cabbage
½ cup shredded red cabbage
½ cup grated carrots
1 grated Granny Smith apple
1 grated beet
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
1 teaspoon Agave syrup
1 teaspoon celery seeds
2 tablespoons apple cider or red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
5 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Put apple cider vinegar, oil, mustard, orange peel, caraway seed and Agave syrup in a jar or salad dressing cruet, and shake to mix.
  2. Place cabbage, carrot, apple, beet and basil in a bowl. Pour salad dressing over the mixture and stir well.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, if desired.

Nutrition Information*  (Per serving)

Makes 6 servings
Calories: 142
Protein: 1.2 g
Total fat: 11.9 g
Saturated fat: 1.7 g
Cholesterol: 0 g
Total carbohydrate: 9.2 g
Sugar: 6.7 g (0.9 g added sugar)
Dietary fiber: 2.3 g
Sodium: 40 mg
Potassium: 221 mg

*Recipe analyzed without walnuts.

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