Love cabbage but not so fond of how it's traditionally cooked? Here's a sweet side dish that can be eaten as a salad to go along with your St Patrick's Day fare.


  • 1 head of red cabbage
  • 1 onion (halved and thinly sliced)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eating apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 4 tblsp red wine vinegar
  • handful of sun dried raisins (optional)
  • apple concentrate
  • sea salt
  • coarse black pepper


  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy based pot. Add the onion and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the red cabbage, a handful at a time, and fry for 3 minutes.
  • Add the sliced apple and a small handful of raisins, the red wine vinegar, 4 tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt.
  • Cover and cook over a medium heat for 30 minutes until the cabbage is tender. Check half way through and add another 2 tablespoons of water if needed.
  • Taste the cabbage for sweetness and add apple concentrate gradually until the desired sweetness has been reached.
  • Season with salt and coarse black pepper.

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