Red salad

Vibrant and delicious.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • Serves 4
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This red chicken salad with red cabbage and beetroot is full of fresh flavours and vibrant colour for a fresh take on your chicken salad. For a vegetarian version just remove the chicken and trust us - it's just as good!
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Red salad
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) tarragon vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar
  • 1 medium red onion (170g), halved, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 medium red cabbage (750g), shredded finely
  • 1/4 cup (20g) flaked almonds
  • 450 gram can baby beetroot (beets)
  • 3 cups (900g) shredded cooked chicken (see tip) (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, cut into short lengths
  • 2 small radicchio (300g), cut into thin wedges
  • 150 gram goat's cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Red salad
  • 1
    Whisk vinegar and sugar in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add onion and cabbage; toss gently to coat. Stand 30 minutes to pickle slightly. Drain in a colander; discard excess dressing. Season to taste.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, stir almonds in a small frying pan over medium heat until lightly toasted.
  • 3
    Cut larger pieces of beetroot into irregular shapes. Add beetroot to cabbage mixture with chicken and half the chives; toss gently to combine.
  • 4
    Arrange radicchio on a serving platter; top with cabbage mixture, goat's cheese, almonds and remaining chives. Drizzle with oil.


Red cabbage is good both raw in salads and cooked lightly. Cook in a minimum of water to which an acid ingredient, such as lemon juice, apple, vinegar or wine, has been added. The acid component is needed because plain water can be alkaline, which turns red cabbage an awful blue-green colour.You will need to buy a large barbecued chicken weighing about 900g for this recipe.

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