Salvadorian Slaw


As Erika Lopez and Herson Peraza from La Palma, El Salvador, taught Lindsay Sterling in Portland, ME. Photos and video by Lindsay Sterling.

Note: Curtido is a cabbage slaw served with Savadorian stuffed corn patties called pupusas. 
Makes: enough to accompany 8 pupusas
Cooking time: 20 minutes 


  • 1/2 small cabbage, sliced thinly 
  • 1/2 large carrot, grated on a grater
  • 1/8 onion, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1/2 small beet, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds or grated
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp oregano


1. Fill a medium pot half full of water and bring to a boil. Add cabbage and submerge. After 15 seconds strain it in a colander (you just want to soften the cabbage a little bit).

2. In a large mixing bowl mix cabbage, carrot, onion, jalepeño, and beet. 

3. Mix salt, vinegar, water, and oregano in a separate container. Pour the liquid into the cabbage and mix. Curtido keeps well in a jar in refrigerator for weeks with liquid covering the veggies.