Carefully peel three of the lemons, removing any pith. Cut the garlic and ginger into eight pieces each and place with the lemon rind, honey and sugar in a small saucepan. Juice the lemons (you need 1 cup of juice) and add to the pan. Bring to the boil and reduce by half, add half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of freshly ground white pepper, allow to cool, then strain into a bowl and whisk in the olive oil.
Cut the pepper in half, remove the seeds and slice finely. Peel the cucumber, slice in half lengthways and remove the seeds, then slice this finely too. Rinse the bean sprouts in cold water and drain. Shred the cabbage finely, removing the core first. Peel and finely dice the beetroot (you may want to wear gloves for this). Mix all the vegetables together and toss with the dressing; leave for 20 minutes before serving.
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