In my pre-vegan days, and when I first got married, I loved learning how to cook traditional German cuisine. Having Germanic roots on both sides of our family, it only made sense to dive deep into the starchy, meaty recipes that (I felt) were part of the makeup of my soul.
We loved it so much, that for our first anniversary back in the 00’s, my husband and I made the trip out to Helen, Georgia, for their annual Oktoberfest. We stayed in a replica of a quaint German Inn, and over the course of the weekend we mingled with old people in braids and lederhosen, drank plenty of beer, and even did the chicken dance. For me though, the most unforgettable, cringing experience was the food poisoning I succumbed to thanks to a bad serving of sauerkraut. That night, I got really personal with the bathroom floor, and still shudder at the thought of pink tile.
Thankfully, that experience wasn’t enough to ruin the whole German food thing for me lol, but my whole outlook on food changed dramatically a couple years later when I went vegetarian, and shortly thereafter, vegan.
I realized that no matter how much I loved German food, I just couldn’t shake what I had learned about the treatment of animals, and therefor, was willing to say “auf wiedersehen” to the cuisine for good.
However, as I dove further into the world of plant-based eating, I found that many of the dishes I had once loved could still be made vegan. I dug out my old cookbook and over the years, have transformed many of my favorite dishes into vegan-friendly dinners that we still enjoy today.
Despite my experience with Oktoberfest, I still LOVE sauerkraut and “traditional” red cabbage. Fermented foods are some of my favorite side-dishes and are a pinch to make, plus are actually super good for you to boot!
While this dish is usually served fully cooked, for this revamp, I decided to give it a healthy twist by leaving the cabbage and apples raw. What you get is a slaw that is crisp and warm, married with the flavors of your favorite Bavarian feast.
Related: Raw Jalapeño Coleslaw
This makes a terrific dish that can accompany any lunch or dinner. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have:)
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