Dish of the Week: purple food at Empire State South

Dish of the Week: Purple Cabbage Gazpacho at Empire State South

Few vegetables do color the way purple cabbage does color.

The shade is an uncommon hue, so purple that it seems it should be the petal of a flower rather than the leaf of a plant. Beyond that, it contains so much purple that it seems to have enough to stain the whole world around it. Aside from turmeric root, which will leave your fingers glowing yellow days after you handle it, purple cabbage might be one of the most potent dyes in the vegetable world.

As for flavor, well, not so much. It is crunchy, at least. Which is why the bowl of purple cabbage gazpacho from Empire State South is such a welcome treat. It captures the magnetic power of purple, but it layers and condenses flavors into something that matches the visual impact. There’s a tang of vinegar and a bite of mustard and smooth richness of olive oil and, above all, a cool, vegetal freshness that fits just right in these last, hot days of summer.

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Ligaya Figueras
Ligaya Figueras
Ligaya Figueras joined the AJC as its food and dining editor in 2015.