Sweet and savoury: pink hibiscus with orange and pumpkin seeds
Sweet and savoury: pink hibiscus with orange and pumpkin seeds

How to make a zesty hibiscus salad with red cabbage, chilli and orange

Hibiscus isn’t just for your garden – with these ingredients it becomes an unexpected dish that’s vegan too

Wednesday 12 June 2019 17:59
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Serves 6

¼ of a medium sized red cabbage, sliced
1 green serrano chilli, deseeded and sliced

½ lime and zest

1 orange and zest

¼ red onion, sliced

¼ bunch coriander

Dressing

25ml extra-virgin olive oil
25ml vinegar

Sea salt

Sugar

15g hibiscus

100ml water

Crisps

Hibiscus from above (after hydration, dried then fried till crispy)
100g pumpkin seeds, toasted

Slice the red cabbage and onion – thin but not too thin, to give some texture.

Deseed and slice chilli. Segment ½ of the orange and cut segments into smaller pieces. Pick coriander leaves and chop the stalk finely.

Make the dressing by hydrating the hibiscus in 100ml hot water. Once the water is coloured and flavoured, strain the hibiscus and dry it, ready for frying. Reduce the water until there’s 50ml left and allow to cool.

Fry the hibiscus flowers in a little oil until crispy – be careful that they are fully dry first so that they don’t spit.

To finish the dressing, mix the hibiscus water reduction with salt, sugar, vinegar and oil.

In a bowl, mix the sliced cabbage, red onion, green chilli, orange segments, picked coriander leaves, coriander stalk chop, orange and lime zest and lime juice.

Allow to sit for 5 minutes to change in texture and develop in flavour.

Season to your taste with more dressing, lime and salt, then serve with toasted pumpkin seeds, hibiscus flowers and coriander.

Recipe from masaandmezcal.co.uk

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