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Easy Curtido Recipe (Salvadoran)

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Curtido is a Salvadoran cabbage slaw or relish made with finely shredded cabbage, red onion, carrot, oregano, and vinegar.  This is a must-try, authentic Salvadorian recipe.

In Central America, curtido is often served with pupusas (corn cakes) and salsa roja.  You could also serve curtido with cheese enchiladas, fish tacos, tamales, or any other food you might serve with coleslaw!

Curtido

Are you familiar with sauerkraut (a German staple) or kimchi (a Korean topping made with fermented cabbage)?  I like to think of this Curtido recipe as the South American version of those popular recipes.

What is curtido?

Curtido is a Salvadoran cabbage slaw or relish that is made with cabbage, red onion, carrot, oregano, and vinegar (you can make spicy curtido by adding jalapeno).  It’s supposed to be a lightly fermented dish, meaning the longer you allow it to sit the more the flavors will compound and the more exciting it will taste.  That being said, it tastes great as fresh slaw the day you make it as well.

You will commonly find Curtido served with a popular Salvadoran dish called, pupusas.

Ingredients in curtido:
  • cabbage
  • red onion
  • carrot
  • jalapeno
  • oregano
  • salt
  • vinegar

How to make Curtido:
  • Rinse cabbage.  Place cabbage in a fine mesh strainer. Very slowly pour boiling water over the cabbage. Rinse with cold water. Drain well, pressing out as much water as possible.
  • Combine remaining ingredients. Add cabbage to a large bowl. Add carrot, onion, jalapeno, oregano, and vinegar and toss well to combine.
  • Marinate. Curtido tastes best after it has marinated for several hours or days, but you can enjoy it fresh if you’d like. Store curtido in a covered container or mason jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.

 

What to eat with curtido:

Curtido can be eaten with anything that you might put cabbage on including pupusas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, bratwurst, soups, sandwiches, and more!  Consider things you might eat with sauerkraut or coleslaw and chances are, curtido would be a delicious substitution.

Can curtido be made ahead of time?

Yes, in fact it’s meant to be made serval days ahead of time and eaten slightly fermented.  You can make curtido 1 week ahead of time. It should be stored in the refrigerator after 5 days (or from the day you make it if you prefer).

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Curtido

Curtido is an authentic Salvadoran cabbage slaw or relish made with finely shredded cabbage, red onion, carrot, spices, and vinegar. 

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Salvadorian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 27kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
Cost: 5

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 head cabbage , finely shredded
  • 1/2 red onion , very thinly sliced
  • 2 carrots , finely shredded
  • 1 fresh jalapeño pepper , sliced (optional)
  • hot boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • salt , to taste
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)

Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. 
  • Place cabbage in a fine mesh strainer. Very slowly pour boiling water over the cabbage. Rinse with cold water. Drain well, pressing out as much water as possible.
  • Add cabbage to large bowl. Add carrot, onion, jalapeno, oregano, and vinegar and toss well to combine. I like to put it all in a bowl with a lid and shake it.
  • Curtido tastes best after it has marinated for several hours or days, but you can enjoy it fresh if you’d like. 
  • Store curtido in a covered container or mason jar for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Nutrition

Calories: 27kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2620IU | Vitamin C: 24.3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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