Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Weird Recipe Wednesday: Fruity Red Cabbage Smoothie

Weird Recipe Wednesday: Because some recipes are so weird I just HAVE to try them.  My curiosity always gets the better of me.

Red cabbage in a smoothie? How is the texture going to work on this one? Since I have leftover cabbage from this slaw, I decided it was the perfect time to satisfy my curiosity about this sneaky smoothie.

I wasn't expecting too much. Swallowing chunks of tough cabbage came to mind, but I proceeded anyway in the spirit of weird experimentation.  Boy was I ever wrong on this one! I just love it when something weird totally works.

You would never guess there's cabbage in this citrusy smoothie.  The texture and flavor disappear, leaving behind only vibrant purple pigments.  These deep purple pigments, called anthocyanins, are our visual cue to the health benefits wrapped inside this cruciferous vegetable.  The vibrant purple aspect doesn't come through very well in the pictures, but it was pretty bright from my side of the screen.

Red cabbage, frozen strawberries and orange juice are whirled together until icy-smooth.  Tart lime and fresh ginger add an extra kick, making those fruity flavors pop.  If you're trying to sneak in some veggies, this is the perfect place to start.  

Fruity Red Cabbage Smoothie
inspired by Martha Rose Shulman

1 cup frozen strawberries
3/4 cup shredded red cabbage
3/4 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger

Place strawberries, cabbage, orange juice, lime juice and ginger in a blender and blend until completely smooth.  If necessary, stop blender and scrape down sides for even blending.  Serve immediately.

Food for Thought: "There's nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away." -Sarah Kay


  1. Not too bad. I hate red cabbage but want the nutrients that is has. Tried this smoothie tonight
    and actually ended my life-long hatred of red cabbage.

  2. I made this for myself and 10 month old. It was great! Nice way to give him some veggies.

    1. Glad you liked it, thanks for letting me know!

  3. ok, so I am making a salad that calls for red cabbage, last itme I made it about 1/2 the red cabbage went to waste. i am going to try this smoothie with the leftover red cabbage. thank you so much!

    1. You're welcome. Below is a link to another red cabbage recipe I enjoy. You can use more red and less green cabbage (or all red if that's all you have). Enjoy :)