This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

By Jeanie Rose | Cabbage

May 12

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavorsPut away any notion you might have of what a cabbage salad should be if you have only experienced mayonnaise-based coleslaw they offer in many restaurants. A traditional coleslaw is great and has its place, but there are many other ways to make non-traditional cabbage salad.

The flavor of this cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors. It includes a fresh hot pepper, but the heat of the pepper should not dominate the salad. Use lemon juice instead of vinegar to dress the salad to contribute to its delicacy, along with a light olive oil rather than extra virgin.

The secret to a great cabbage salad is to slice the cabbage paper thin. The thin slices of cabbage makes the cabbage crunchy and easy to enjoy. A bolder chop means a tough bite of cabbage.

This cabbage salad keeps for up to three days, losing a little crunch with each passing day. It does maintain its flavor well. Use leftover slaw to pile into fish tacos.

Cabbage Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a large head of cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 small bundle green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 bundle radishes, washed and diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deveined and seeded, finely minced
  • 1/2 bundle cilantro, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 small lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Cabbage Salad Steps

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

  1. Toss all the prepared vegetables together in a large bowl.
  2. Whip up the olive oil and lemon juice in a cup with 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss until every vegetable is coated.
  4. Allow the salad to sit at room temperature for up to an hour for the flavors to meld.
  5. Test for salt and pepper. Make the necessary adjustments.

The Vintage Pyrex Bowl

We do get asked, “Where did you find the bowl?” This particular bowl actually belongs to our neighbor Fernande but I have seen them in antique stores. I am sure that the occasional lucky person will find them at a thrift store. You can also lose yourself for hours hunting for vintage Pyrex on eBay, our website partner.

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12 years ago

Yeah! I’ve been looking for cabbage recipes–it’s so inexpensive compared to lettuce this time of year.

12 years ago

I can’t stand mayonnaise, for some reason it makes me sick. Whatever salads i eat are fresh, just with a pinch of olive oil. Though cabbage is not an ingredient i’ve used before. It’s going to be an interesting experiment.

12 years ago

I’ll definitely try your recipe. I’m a “cabbage person”. Did you know that Polish women are less predisposed to breast cancer because their cuisine is based on cabbage recipes?

10 years ago
Reply to  Stacy

too funny! Polish cuisine is not BASED on cabbage recipes Stacey, they just eat more cabbage in Europe, Poland included.

12 years ago

Just had this for lunch–lovely!

Debbie Drummond
12 years ago

Cabbage salad is said to have cancer healing properties and is preferred by one and all. I like the idea of using jalapeno pepper in the salad. Shredded chicken with paper thin sliced cabbages is just so great to taste.

Nicholle Olores
12 years ago

Yay! I love cabbage salad, this is the best for me. It is good to know that there are some nutrients in the cabbage that may prevent different kinds of cancers that probably and usually cause of the death of the people everyday all over the world.

12 years ago

I want to try this kind of salad sounds good to eat..Thanks for sharing..

10 years ago

I like to make this same salad – except for the lemon. I have always used lime instead. yummmms. sometimes i also add shredded carrots.

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