40+ Naturally Purple Foods (Sweet + Savory)

From well-known purple foods like blackberries and eggplant, to lesser known dishes like purple rice and ube, you’re guaranteed to find a little inspiration here! There are plenty of foods ranging from deep purple in color to a light violet color.

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The BEST Purple Food Recipes

Crackers spread with blackberry goat cheese on serving platter with honey wand and blackberries.
Why not whip up this sweet and savory Blackberry Goat Cheese appetizer for your next party?  This elegant appetizer is easy to make with just 5-ingredients!
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Prepared radicchio salad in grey bowl with serving utensils.
This delicious Italian Radicchio Salad is dressed in a creamy lemon-vinaigrette and tossed with buttery calvestrano olives, tasty breadcrumbs and nutty parmesan cheese. And, a special tip ensures that your radicchio won't be bitter!
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This red wine pasta is an easy, flavorful dinner! Red wine cooked down with garlic and butter until sauce-like. Throw in noodles and you have dinner!
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Overhead close up of ricotta toast next to honey wand.
This Sweet Ricotta Toast with Blackberries & Honey is finished with fresh berries & coconut flakes. It’s a deliciously sweet & creamy breakfast or quick snack.
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Overhead shot of red cabbage soup in grey bowl topped with sour cream and dill.
Red Cabbage Soup is the perfect recipe to warm you up on chilly days! This flavorful sweet & sour creamy soup is the perfect use for that half head of cabbage that’s sitting in your fridge!
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These Roasted Grape, Ricotta and Walnut Bites top my list of healthy holiday appetizers and are incredibly easy to make, flavorful and satisfying.
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Side view of pickled red cabbage in jar against dark background.
You’ll want to keep a jar of this Pickled Red Cabbage in your fridge at all times. Not only is it fast and easy, but you can use it on anything! Pile it onto tacos, burgers, pork sandwiches, and so much more.
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Black beans in white bowl with spoon.
These Slow Cooker Black Beans are easy to make and taste so much better than the canned version! No soaking required. Perfect for meal prep or as a side dish to your favorite tacos, salads, or protein bowls.
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Hand holding blackberry smoothie
This Healthy Blackberry Smoothie recipe made without bananas, is the perfect way to start your day. It's amazingly rich and creamy, and packed with Vitamin C.
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Overhead shot of blackberry galette sliced up and topped with ice cream.
This rustic Blackberry Galette is a quick and easy dessert recipe that can be assembled in just 10 minutes using store-bought, refrigerated pie crust.
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Overhead close up of combined vinegar slaw in large white mixing bowl.
Red Cabbage Slaw is a super simple side dish recipe made without mayo. It’s tangy, delicious and crunchy. 
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A very easy-to-make and deliciously healthy carrot hummus that’s easily adaptable to ever color of the carrot rainbow! Simply mix all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth!
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With a honey balsamic marinade, this roasted red cabbage is an easy recipe with simple ingredients that is an incredibly versatile side dish.
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This spicy eggplant stir fry is an easy, flavorful side dish that is great for dinner. The sauce is made with doubanjiang and other spices.
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Purple rice is a garlicky, butter rice that owes its vibrant colour to red cabbage! Love this 2-in-1 side that combines starch + lots of veg.
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Vegetarian Purple Corn Veggie Fritters Entree Recipe
This Purple Corn Veggie Fritters recipe is so easy to make for weeknight dinner and can be altered to fit whatever ingredients you may already have on hand.
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We made this vegan ube brownies recipe with purple yam spread, aka ube halaya, vegan white chocolate, and mochi flour. It’s a delicious dessert with ube!
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These garlicky roasted purple potatoes are the perfect gluten free side dish. Serve them with breakfast or dinner to complete a meal!
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A healthy but delicious purple kale salad with roasted beets, apples, crumbled blue cheese and puy lentils to fill you up for longer this winter
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Ube Pandesal (Pan de Sal)
This ube pandesal recipe is absolutely delicious! Give the classic Filipino breakfast staple an exciting and delicious twist with the new ube cheese pandesal with ube halaya! Fluffy and soft bread mixed with the sweetness of ube, a dollop of ube halaya jam and oozing with cheesy goodness.
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This vibrant, purple cauliflower tabbouleh is delicious and healthy! The perfect side dish!
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A fragrant ube dough is marbled with a classic vanilla dough for a vibrant cookie that is unlike any other.
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Soft and chewy mochi bread infused with mashed purple sweet potato is easy to make and is naturally gluten-free. The recipe works great with regular sweet potatoes too. Naturally gluten-free.
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Red Cabbage Stir-Fry with Coconut Recipe
This Indian red cabbage stir-fry gets finished with delicious bits of coconut.
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These vegan purple sweet potato pie bars are perfect for the holidays and beyond! This easy to make dessert featuers an almond butter crust.
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Learn how to make a simple mashed purple potatoes recipe, plus tips on where to buy purple potatoes and info about their nutrition.
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This simple sautéed red cabbage recipe is easy, healthy, and savory.
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This purple potato salad is both tasty and eye catching, with electric pink radishes and bright green onions.
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Yes, it is possible to make ube ice cream successfully at home! Using an ice cream maker, this ube ice cream recipe is creamy and so good.
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Chickpea-Free Purple Sweet Potato Hummus Toast - Flora & Vino
Chickpea-free hummus made with a simple mixture of sweet potato, tahini, and spices. Perfect for a a fun snack, appetizer, breakfast, or light meal.
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Baked purple sweet potatoes make a great side dish or meal- Learn how to bake perfectly fluffy sweet potatoes with this foolproof recipe!
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Yummy Recipe for Creamy Purple Cauliflower Soup by conscious_cooking.
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Soft and fluffy roti or flatbread made with purple sweet potato. Its beautiful in color and goes well with any curry, jelly or stuffing.
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Cherry pineapple popsicles stacked on counter.
Cherry and pineapple are a match made in heaven – especially when paired together in these Cherry Pineapple Popsicles. An icy summer treat that’s perfect for cooling off on the patio.
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This blackberry cheesecake is a show stopper. Creamy, tart, fresh and best of all it is made without sugar or flour. It’s both low carb and gluten free!
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Side view of aviation cocktail in etched glass coupe.
The Aviation Gin Fizz recipe combines Empress 1908 Gin, crème de violette, orgeat and lemon juice. The addition of egg white makes it frothy and delicious.
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Purple potato bites with horseradish creme fraiche and caviar – bold colors and big flavors packed into a small, delicious morsel – the perfect starter for your holiday dinner or a cocktail party.
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Soft, fluffy, flavorful ube pancakes made with Filipino purple yam and coconut milk. Serve with maple syrup, ube halaya, and macapuno strings.
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Two aviation cocktails garnished with cherries next to alcohol bottles.
The Aviation Cocktail combines crème de violette, maraschino cherry liqueur and a bit of lemon juice for a perfectly sweet and tart cocktail that’s as pretty as it is delicious.
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A really beautiful mashed potato recipe. For our Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes, we use purple potatoes, and top them with butter and toasted pecans.
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Brilliant in both color and flavor, this hash is full of vibrant vegetables and herbs. Purple potatoes and cabbage are roasted first for extra flavor, and a sprinkling of Parmesan adds a cheesy, savory element to the hash.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these purple food recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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40+ Naturally Purple Foods to Try Out!

From well-known purple foods like blackberries and eggplant, to lesser known dishes like purple rice and ube, you’re guaranteed to find a little inspiration here! There are plenty of foods ranging from deep purple in color to a light violet color. Try this Red Cabbage Soup. It's the perfect recipe to warm you up on chilly days!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 people


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  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the shallots and saute 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds longer, until fragrant.
  • Add the cabbage, stock, potatoes, apple, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and paprika.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat and using a blender or an immersion blender, process the soup until smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Garnish with sour cream and fresh dill, if desired. Enjoy!


You can make this soup up to 4 days in advance. Store the finished soup in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. When ready to serve, warm on the stove over medium-low heat.
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