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Brassica detox salad

Red cabbage, broccoli, apple, sunflower seeds, barberries, cider vinegar, rapeseed oil

A sulphur-rich cruciferous vegetable salad

Sulforaphane is activated when glucoraphanin comes into contact with myrosinase, a family of enzymes that play a role in the defence response of plants. Raw vegetables must be finely sliced and/or well-chewed to release myrosinase. Red cabbage is packed with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. An intake of a minimum of 5 weekly servings of cruciferous vegetables has been linked to a telling decrease in cancer risk (Nian et al 2009).


For 4

  1. 1/4 red cabbage finely sliced, I use a mandolin

  2. 1/2 head of a small head of broccoli, finely sliced

  3. 1 apple, cored and cut into fine dice

  4. 2 tbs sunflower seeds

  5. 2 tbs of barberries, can be substituted by any red/purple dried fruit

  6. 2 tbs cider vinegar or lemon juice

  7. A good drizzle of rapeseed oil or olive oil

  8. Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl, reserving 1 tbs of the barberries

  2. Allow the flavours to develop for 1/2 an hour

  3. Serve onto side plates, garnish with the remaining barberries

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