Make Ahead

Paper-thin Brazilian slaw

March  1, 2011
4 Stars
Author Notes

The goal is to shred or dice the ingredients as finely as possible: paper thin shavings of cabbage, tiny dice of peppers make a delicately textured, tart salad that is a delicious foil to roast chicken or fish dishes. It can be altered according to what you have in the house or what's available at the market: parsley in place of cilantro, scallion or shallot in place of onion, and tomatoes instead of peppers will all make a brightly colored, flavorful dish. —creamtea

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 6-8 as a side dish
  • For the salad
  • 2/3 medium head of cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 finely minced sweet onion,such as Vidalia
  • 2 tablespoons very finely minced fresh cilantro or parsley
  • for the dressing
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced and mashed with a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe
  1. For the salad
  2. Shred the cabbage--the thinner, the better. You really want the thinnest shavings possible. Maybe you have a mandoline. Since I don't, my way is to place a cutting board at the left edge of the kitchen sink so that the edge of the board aligns with the sink edge. Place a large bowl inside the sink and below the board, so that as you cut, you can sweep the shavings right into the bowl. Place a washed and dried wedge of cabbage on the board, and with a VERY sharp knife, make light, forward-moving cuts. Don't cut through to the board each time, just make partial cuts so you can gauge the fineness of each shave. Not as difficult as it sounds, and you'll soon get the hang of it. It helps to rotate the wedge of cabbage slightly as you go, because it's easier to get a thin cut when you have a somewhat smaller surface to work with. Periodically sweep the cabbage shavings into the bowl.
  3. Cut and seed the peppers and slice into very thin strips.
  4. Add the minced onion and cilantro into the cabbage mixture and toss gently.
  1. for the dressing
  2. In a small bowl, mix the lemon juice and garlic. Add salt and a few grinds of pepper to taste and stir. Add the olive oil in a stream, beating with a whisk or fork, until emulsified.
  3. Just before serving, drizzle the salad with the dressing. Toss to coat, taste and adjust seasoning.

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2 Reviews

Author Comment
creamtea September 6, 2011
Thank you, fiveandspice. I hope you can try it sometime!
fiveandspice August 31, 2011
Mmm, this sounds tasty! A nice fresh take on a slaw.