Recipe: Red Cabbage Salad With Capers and Raisins

An all-year round, super simple salad
Plate containing cabbage raisin onion caper salad

This Mediterranean diet-based salad includes colorful red cabbage, onion and raisins. It’s filled with brain-healthy antioxidants and is a sweet and savory delight with very little saturated fat.

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  • 1 large head red cabbage (about 3 pounds), cored and shredded
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons nonpareil capers
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the cabbage and onion in a large bowl and toss well.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the oil, vinegar, honey, capers and raisins, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour this mixture over the cabbage and toss until evenly coated.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for four to six hours, or ideally, eight to 12 hours to allow the cabbage to soften and the flavors to blend.
  5. Let the salad stand at room temperature for about 15 minutes before serving.
  6. Toss to recombine and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 6 servings

Calories: 180
Total fat: 12 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 270 mg
Total carbohydrate: 17 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 12 g
Protein: 2 g

— The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health (© 2012 Ten Speed Press).

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