Curtido (El Salvadoran Cabbage Salad) Recipe -
Curtido (El Salvadoran Cabbage Salad) Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Curtido (El Salvadoran Cabbage Salad)

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"Curtido is a salad made out of cabbage and served with El Salvadoran pupusas. Stuff cooked pupusas with the curtido for a delicious treat!"

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  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    5 mins

    45 mins


  1. Combine the cabbage and carrot in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over the mixture. Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes; drain well. Return the cabbage and carrots to the bowl. Mix in the green onion, vinegar, 1/2 cup of water, and oregano. Toss until all ingredients are combined. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 01, 2008

The recipe is fine, but the description is not accurate. Curtido does not go inside of pupusas. It's served on the side after the pupusas are cooked. One should open the pupusa to expose the cheese (and/or beans/pork, etc.) This helps to cool it off. Then one should rip off a bite size piece of the pupusa and pinch a bite of curtido into that piece before eating. Some also like to pour salsa on top of the curtido before eating.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2012

I think 2 tsp oregano is WAY too much

Feb 17, 2011

A excellent recipe I love curtido so yummy with the papusa's. I did use Mexican Oregano as it gives a much stronger flavor that is just my preferance. This also made a wonderful stuffing for my vegetarian tacos and burrritos. As for the food police comments here it does not matter how one likes to eat their curtido, whether it be stuffed inside, thrown on the top, eaten with hands,fork and a knife ect.. just friggin enjoy this wonderful delicious recipe so gracefully supplied by a lovely member.

Oct 28, 2009

I agree with T.L. Curtido doesn't go inside the pupusas. It is served on the side. I like to cut up the pupusa and have some of the curtido (and tomato sauce) with each bite of the pupusa. Most of my friends puree a couple of roma tomatoes by themselves and use that as the tomato sauce that is usually served with pupusas. The sauce can be pretty bland as is but the curtido has strong flavors, therefore, the bland tomato puree kind of mellows it out. Talking about strong flavors, I don't use quite as much vinegar for the curtido as a personal preference. However, the amount stated in this recipe is right and it yields a very authentic curtido. It is supposed to taste vinegary.

Nov 20, 2009

I skipped the oregano and added a minced jalapeno. The kids didn't touch it but that just left more for me. Have been eating the leftovers on bean burritos and think I can say this is my favorite "slaw" type salad ever.

Sep 25, 2011

I made this specifically for Pupusas. Alone, I am not a big fan but, pair it with pupusas and it is awesome. I followed the directions as written (here is the but...) but, doubled the recipe. My husband thought it tasted better than the stuff we got at the El Salvadoran restaurant.

Nov 24, 2011

This was delicious, my only comment is that if you are using Mexican oregano, I recommend you cut it down to one (1) teaspoon, as two teaspoons was absolutely too much. Half an hour later, I can still taste it. Fantastic with pupusas!

Jul 30, 2011

This was excellent with fish tacos but it makes me wish we had a place around here to get pupusas. I don't know how to make them and I have a feeling it's one of those things that looks easier than it really is.


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  • Calories
  • 50 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.3 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 47 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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