Crisp Coconut Cabbage Salad à la Exki

July 15, 2011

Author Notes: One of my favorite spots for a quick bite in Paris is a chain called Exki, which has an amazing selection of fresh, healthy, natural, delicious vegetarian dishes. I was so impressed by one dish — mahina — that I snapped a picture of the ingredients and made it as soon as I got back home. Mahina is a crunchy salad that combines green cabbage, coconut, and apple, along with a few seasonings. At first glance, it doesn’t look like much, but it is delicious – crisp, complex, tart, and just a little sweet. The version I had at Exki was a little monochromatic, but using a red apple with its skin on instead of a green or peeled one fixes that, as does adding some bigger pieces of cilantro.bottomupfood

Serves: 6


  • 4 cups green cabbage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1 crisp appled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil, like canola
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
In This Recipe


  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk the last four ingredients together into a dressing.
  3. Add the dressing, mix well, and enjoy.

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