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Unicorn Noodles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Presenting: unicorn noodles! These gorgeous colorful noodles need to artificial colors. All you need is noodles, purple cabbage, and lemon juice! It's like magic, but really: it's science. Purple cabbage has a pigment called anthocyanin, which changes color when it makes contact with something acidic. When you cook purple cabbage for a short time in some water, you’ll get a nice blue shade, cook it for a bit longer with a bit more purple cabbage will give you a nice purple shade. Now when you add something acidic (lemon or lime juice) to the blue colored noodles, the pigment from the purple cabbage will react and takes on a bright pink color.

Unicorn Noodles [Vegan, Gluten-Free]


  • Rice noodles or glass noodles, use whatever amount you want to make
  • Purple cabbage
  • Juice of lemon or lime


  1. Start with a piece of purple cabbage. Add to a pot of water and cook for 5 minutes. The amount of cabbage you use for the water and the time you soak the noodles for will affect the vibrancy of the noodles.
  2. Turn off heat and add the noodles. Let soak for 5-10 minutes, depending on how deep you want the color to be. Soak for 5 minutes for a pastel blue color. Remove noodles and place in a bowl.
  3. Take a lime or lemon and squeeze some of the juice wherever you want it to be pink and watch the noodles change color in front of your own eyes.






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10 Months Ago

These are pretty, but how do they taste? Does it need a sauce and if so what kind?

10 Months Ago

This is a grrrreat idea! Thank you so much and I really like the idea of only 3 ingredients! I\'ve shared this link with my Facebook group "Super Quick Plant Based Recipes" https://www.facebook.com/SuperQuickPBRecipes/ I think my group will really like this creative idea!


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