“If you want your cabbage chopped, washed, dried, sprinkled with salt or vinegar, there is nothing healthier.” – Cato, De agricultura (oldest surviving complete book of Latin prose, 2nd century B.C.)

This is the traditional Salvadorean accompaniment to pupusas. Since I have not yet mastered pupusas, we usually have it on burritos with black beans. This is one of several pickled-y things that I make to go on beans. Last night we had it on pinto bean burritos with Tillamook cheese on WFM Red Chile tortillas.

1 small head cabbage, sliced as for coleslaw
3 carrots, coarsely grated
1 large red onion, slivered
1/2 c. cilantro, minced
1 tsp. oregano
1 c. white vinegar
1 c. apple cider vinegar
2 c. water
salt salt salt
fresh pepper

Combine all ingredients. Let sit. It’ll improve and then keep quite a while in the fridge as it’s basically ceviche – a non-fermented pickle. Eat cool or at room temp.

Replacing some of the vinegar with lime juice is not something I’ve had in an authentic version, but it is quite tasty.

One thought on “Curtido

  1. I loved the different types of vegetarian. It was like reading through the remedy types in a homoeopathy book: “Hey, that’s really me! No wait, that’s really more me, no, in fact, that’s much more me…” How about the self-obsessed vegetarian? Elise

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