Spicy Southwest Red Cabbage Salad

Spicy Southwest Red Cabbage Salad
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 4-6

  • 1 medium or ½ large head of red cabbage, cored & shredded
  • ½ red onion, very thinly julienned
  • 2 carrots, grated or very thinly julienned
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, fresh, frozen, or pickled, minced
  • ½ red sweet pepper (can be frozen), chopped
  • 1 Tbsp.Driftless sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp. each ground coriander & cumin
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle powder or hot paprika (or ⅛th tsp. cayenne)
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • Juice & zest from 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Preheat broiler. Combine cabbage, red onion, & carrots in a large bowl.
  2. Toss sweet corn, garlic, jalapeno, & red pepper in oil. Season with salt & pepper & spread on a baking sheet.
  3. Place under broiler for a few minutes, watching carefully & stirring once, until starting to brown.
  4. Let cool. Combine spices, mayo, & lime juice/ zest with a whisk in a small bowl.
  5. Toss dressing & cooled roasted corn mix into cabbage & adjust seasoning as necessary. Excellent accompaniment to fish tacos!


Fish Tacos w/ Red Cabbage & Cilantro

Fish Tacos w/ Red Cabbage & Cilantro
Recipe type: Main Dish

  • 1 lb. white flaky fish like cod, mahi mahi, or walleye or tilapia, cut into long strips
  • Corn tortillas
  • 1 cup red cabbage, very thinly sliced
  • ¼ c. scallions, chopped
  • ¼ c. cilantro, ripped into large pieces
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • Sauce:
  • ⅔ c. plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced OR 1 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle powder (optional)

  1. Squeeze lime juice & salt over fish.
  2. Whisk sauce ingredients together & set aside.
  3. Either grill or bread & deep fry fish. (Mix 1 c. flour, 2 Tbsp. cornstarch, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt & & quickly mix in an egg beaten with some light beer.
  4. Roll each piece of fish in flour then dip in breading & slide into a couple of inches of 375 degree oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towel.)
  5. Warm each tortilla on a hot pan & serve topped with fish, cabbage, scallions, cilantro, sauce, & lime wedges.


Radish Pineapple Salsa

Radish Pineapple Salsa
Recipe type: Sauce

  • 1 bunch radishes, stems & tails removed
  • ⅔ cup pineapple. finely chopped (fresh or canned)
  • ¼ cup onion or green onions, minced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • zest & juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. salt

  1. At least an hour (or up to 4 hours) before serving, thinly slice radishes.
  2. Place in small bowl, toss with salt, and press (place a small plate that just fits inside bowl on top of radishes and set a quart jar of water on top of plate).
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in medium serving bowl.
  4. Refrigerate if you wish.
  5. After at least an hour, drain & rinse radishes & stir into pineapple mix.
  6. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  7. Serve with Caribbean food.


Roasted Salsa on the Grill

Roasted Salsa on the Grill
Recipe type: Salsa

  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, left whole
  • 1 or two jalapeno peppers, left whole
  • 4-5 roma tomatoes, left whole
  • ½ a bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • juice of a lime or two
  • salt to taste
  • one ear roasted corn

  1. On a hot grill, place onions, garlic,& jalapeno(s).
  2. After a minute or two (check for scorching – you want a bit of blackness, but not total charing), turn all of the above & add romas.
  3. After another minute, turn anything that’s getting black & carefully turn the tomatoes.
  4. With a spatula, remove all ingredients to a heatproof bowl & let them sit until cooled a bit.
  5. Stem & de-seed the jalapeno(s) (you might want to wear gloves) & throw it all in your food processor with the cilantro, lime juice, & salt.
  6. Pulse to desired consistency.
  7. Stir in corn if desired.
  8. Over the summer, make this often as it freezes super well.


Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo
Recipe type: Dip

fresh tomato salsa
  • 2 medium slicer tomatoes or 4 paste tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 to 3 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • salt to taste

  1. Combine all ingredients, mix well
  2. Let sit at room temperature or in the fridge for a half hour to let flavors meld before eating. Keeps in fridge for several days.
  3. You can freeze it, too, but it will be a bit watery after you thaw it out.