This homemade raw vegan sauerkraut recipe is not only delicious and perfect for adding to any of your savory dishes, but it is also incredibly healthy. It contains naturally-produced good bacteria. They are critical for our gut health, which helps our mood, immune system, digestion, and so much more.

Another great benefit of homemade raw vegan sauerkraut is that during the fermentation process, the small amount of salt used in the kraut will intensify in flavor. This means that when you add this to your salads and other dishes, you will not need to use as much salt.

Sauerkraut is a very traditional food in my Ukrainian family. And like every family, I also have a grandma who has very specific for making this little miracle. I’m going to share our family secrets with you here! Are you ready?

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Homemade Raw Vegan Sauerkraut

Ingredients

  • 1/4 of a green cabbage
  • 1 large carrot or 2 small ones
  • A few pinches of good quality sea salt

Instructions

  • Chop the cabbage into thin little strips (you can also use your food processor for this).
  • Grate the carrot on a large grater setting.
  • Put everything in a bowl – but use a natural bowl (I use porcelain; this is important for allowing the bacteria to develop correctly).
  • Put some salt (unrefined, of course) on your fingers, and mix the carrot and cabbage very gently. Continue this process until you've mixed the whole thing, adding salt each time you toss. I use about a tablespoon of salt for the whole thing.
  • Make a fist, and press down the mixture (again, very gently), into your bowl. Then, with your middle finger, make little holes in the mixture to allow the bitterness of the fermenting cabbage to come out.
  • Warm some water on the stove. I usually boil water in a kettle, but DO NOT bring it to a boil. Mix cold and warm water in a porcelain cup – what you're looking for is water that is barely warmer than room temperature.
  • Pour the water on your Sauerkraut mixture. Pour enough to cover, and a tiny bit more – but not more than that.
  • Cover with lid and allow to ferment for about 8-10 hours.
  • After 8-10 hours, use the side of a spoon to gently make little cavities in the mixture, again, to allow the bitterness to slip out. Do this as often as possible – about 4-5 times daily.
  • After 1 day, taste your Sauerkraut and decide if it's ready. If not, allow it to ferment a bit more.
  • When ready, put the entire thing (including the yummy liquid!) into a glass jar and store in the fridge. It stores for about a week, so I make small batches – it takes minutes to make anyway.

Homemade Raw Vegan Sauerkraut Salad

Now that you know how to make your homemade raw vegan sauerkraut, let’s use it in an absolutely delicious and simple salad. This is just one example of the many uses of this homemade raw vegan sauerkraut. I also like to use the liquid in raw vegan cheese.

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Easy Sauerkraut Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 colorful bell peppers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 onion red or white
  • 1/2 very ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 5 tablespoons sauerkraut or more
  • 3 cups greens of choice – lettuce or spinach or others
  • 1-2 tsp of Caraway seeds

Instructions

  • Chop all of the vegetables
  • Sprinkle with lemon juice, caraway seeds, and sauerkraut
  • Use your hands to massage everything with the avocado
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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.