In the plant world, purple is the calling card for phytochemicals called anthocyanins, powerful compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are found in a variety of different fruits, including blueberries and blackberries, and also in purple vegetables like beets, radishes, and carrots. This stunningly beautiful salad offers a variety of crunchy raw purple veggies to power your day and fill you up with nutrient-dense produce.

This recipe is from Sharon Palmer's new cookbook, The Plant-Powered Plan to Beat Diabetes, out May 23, 2023. Learn more here.

By Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN,


  • 1 small red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch kale. stemmed and chopped
  • 1 small head purple cauliflower. broken into florets
  • 1 medium purple carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium watermelon radishes or pink radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium pink or red beet, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup sprouts (such as alfalfa, radish, or kohlrabi sprouts)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, kale, cauliflower, carrot, radishes, beet, and sprouts. Toss well. Drizzle with the lemon juice and season with the salt (if using). Toss again gently until all the ingredients are well coated. Serve immediately. The salad will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Augh that is steaming ! Would you steam or leave raw?

Donelle West

I would leave it raw, since thy is what the title is. I like raw white cauliflower. I bet purple is yummy too.


Hi Fork Folks I lightly steamed the cauliflower florets for this recipe. I used a sesame ginger dressing . It was delicious - both myself and my husband love it. Next time I might add pumpkin seeds...


Does anyone recommend stemming the cauliflower at all?

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Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

Sharon Palmer is an award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist and editor. She is the author of The Plant-Powered Diet and California Vegan, and she blogs at The Plant-Powered Dietitian. A nationally recognized plant-based nutrition expert, she lives outside of Los Angeles with her husband and two sons. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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