When learning a language, learning culture is a must as you progress in your language skills. When learning Spanish, you have a wide array of Hispanic culture to learn from. One aspect of culture that is the tastiest is the cuisine. With Spanish being the official language in 20 countries, you have many different dishes to try. If the recipe is easy enough with accessible ingredients, you might even consider adding some types of cuisine to your own table on a regular basis. Curtido de repollo is a quick side dish you can make to replace your usual salad for any meal. It is a cabbage salad that in includes some of the same ingredients as Cole Slaw. The vegetables are the same. What is different is the seasoning and liquid that you add to the vegetables. If you need a quick salad to go with your meal, give this recipe a try! This particular version is CORE’s variation of a recipe from El Salvador. If you want a truly authentic El Salvadorean dinner experience, you can try your hand at making pupusas as your main dish.
1 package tri-color cole slaw (green cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots) from refrigerated salad section
1 medium onion thinly sliced (optional)
1 tsp salt
1.5 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1. Pour contents of the tri-color cole slaw bag into a medium bowl and optionally add thinly sliced onion.
2. Add salt, oregano, and cumin to the bowl. Add cayenne pepper (optional).
3. Add vinegar and olive oil.
4. Stir until combined.
5. Make sure to submerge the cole slaw mix in the vinegar/oil mixture.
6. Serve immediately or refrigerate before serving.
If it is an easy El Salvadorean side dish that you are looking for to add to your Hispanic cooking repertoire, curtido de repollo is an excellent choice! It is so quick, easy, with few ingredients that you might just grab for the package of cole slaw mix instead of your regular pre-made salad. Give it a try and let us know what you thought in the comments!
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