When I first moved to Ireland I was baffled and slightly horrified by the coleslaw/ham and coleslaw/cheese combo. In South Africa I'd only ever had coleslaw as a salad with a 'braai' (BBQ). Now I secretly enjoy this mayonnaisey concoction on a crusty roll! A real superfood, cabbage is such an integral part of Irish cuisine that I decided to give coleslaw the ish makeover. Use red cabbage, add another Irish superfood-seaweed- and lots super seeds and sprouted seeds and you have a super slaw. The dressing in this recipe is a lighter, zingier alternative to plain mayonnaise.


  • 1/2 small red cabbage, finely sliced (a mandolin or food processor attachement is the best)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 tblsp dried cranberries
  • 2 tblsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tblsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tblsp dulse seaweed or 'seaweed salad' mix from a health shop
  • 100 g alfalfa sprouts or pea shoots
  • 1/2 tub crème fraiche
  • 3 tblsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tblsp sunflower oil or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp agavé syrup or honey


  • Mix the dressing by dissolving the agavé syrup or honey in the vinegar first. Then whisk in the sunflower oil and crème fraiche. If you like your dressing a little tarter, add more vinegar.
  • Soak the seaweed in boiling water for 20 minutes if required, depending on the variety you're using.
  • Lightly toast the sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in a clean dry pan for extra flavour, allow to cool. This is optional but adds a toasty element.
  • Mix together all the prepared vegetables, seaweed, dried fruit and seeds.
  • Add the dressing and mix well.
  • Scatter over the alfalfa shoots for added crunch and colour.