Easy to make sauerkraut salad with apple and leek – flavorful, pleasantly crisp and loaded with probiotics.
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This is definitely a hearty sauerkraut salad, at the same time it has a bright crunch which contributes to a lighter flavor. Tart, sweet and savory are perfectly balanced, the texture is delightful and it couldn’t be easier to make.
I remember eating a lot of it – growing up it was often on my family’s menu during fall and winter.
Sauerkraut. Definitely go with naturally fermented sauerkraut – do not buy the vinegar soured type.
Apple. Go with a red apple such as Pink Lady, Fuji, Gala.
Leek. The characteristic mild flavor of leeks works much better than harsher onion flavor.
Horseradish. Use prepared horseradish – it wonderfully ties together the predominant tastes of the sauerkraut, apple and leek. Adjust the quantity to taste and your individual spice tolerance.
Olive oil. Use extra virgin.
Caraway seed. A classic spice to add to sauerkraut, use ground or whole as you prefer and add it to taste.
How to Make It
All you need to do is prep the ingredients and mix them together.
- Clean the leek, remove the dark green parts and halve the white and light green remaining lower part. Thinly slice each half (#1 below)
- Clean and core the apple. Cut into matchsticks.
- In a mixing bowl combine the drained sauerkraut, thinly sliced leek and apple sticks with the prepared horseradish, olive oil and caraway seed. Mix well and taste. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
Ways to Serve & Enjoy
You can enjoy this vibrant sauerkraut salad in multiple ways beyond the standard meal starter course. Consider the following options:
- Topping for brats and hot dogs
- Side dish for pork chops, schnitzel, pork steaks or pork ribs
- Stuffing for savory crepes
- Stuffing for savory strudel – whether you make your own strudel dough, use puff pastry or phylo dough
- Stuffing for pierogi
- Stuffing for whole roast chicken or turkey
- Stuffing for pork loin
Health Benefits of This Sauerkraut Salad
Provided that you consume the salad raw, without any of the indulgent thermal interventions hinted at above, you can enjoy the following advantageous effects.
Improved gut health & mood – sauerkraut being a staple probiotic powerhouse food directly brings about the associated good bacteria benefits. At the same time leeks, which have a high inulin fiber content are an important prebiotic and promote healthy gut bacteria.
Improved digestion – caraway seed is well-known for aiding digestion and leeks can help with the break down of fats. Both make this salad a great choice to consume along with grilled or roasted meats.
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- 3 cups sauerkaut (drained)*
- 1 apple
- 1 leek (white and light green part only)
- 2 tbsp prepared horseradish**
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tsp caraway seed (whole or ground) or to taste
- salt and pepper, to taste if needed
1. Clean the leek and slice into thin semi-circles.
2. Clean and core the apple, slice into matchsticks.
3. In a mixing bowl combine the sauerkraut, sliced leek and apple, the horseradish, olive oil and caraway seeds. Mix to combine, taste and if needed season with salt and pepper.
*you may rinse the sauerkraut if you prefer a milder flavor
**adjust to taste depending on how spicy it is and your preference
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 73mg Carbohydrates: 6g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g